Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The Middle Years Programme is implemented in 1117 schools in 95 countries across the globe.
At TIGS we offer the MYP from Years 7-10. TIGS is currently an MYP ‘candidate’ school and has been using the MYP framework since 2014. We are working towards authorisation in early 2016 and will present our first Year 10 students for assessment by the IBO in November 2016.
This period in a child’s development, encompassing early puberty and mid-adolescence, is a particularly critical phase of personal and intellectual development and requires a programme that helps students participate actively and responsibly in a changing and increasingly interrelated world. Learning how to learn and how to evaluate information critically is as important as learning facts.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) helps students develop both subject-specific and interdisciplinary understanding. The MYP curriculum framework includes:
  • Approaches to learning (ATL), helping students learn how to learn by developing skills for research, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and self-management
  • Key and related concepts, helping students explore big ideas that matter
  • Global contexts, helping students understand the relevance and importance of their study for understanding their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet.

At TIGS Christian Studies is an important ninth subject.
The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in Year 7 and 8. In Year 9 and 10, students study 50 hours in 6 of the 8 subject groups and an additional 50 hours in two subject groups of their choice.
Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.
The MYP framework and NSW BOSTES curriculum have been carefully integrated at TIGS to ensure that we comply with the requirements of both organisitions. ACARA, the national body for assessment, fully endorses the MYP framework.
Assessment forms an integral aspect of teaching and learning. To understand what students have learned and to monitor their progress, TIGS teachers use a range of assessment strategies that provide meaningful feedback. Assessment in the MYP features a robust design that includes rigorous, criterion-related internal assessment for all subject groups, as well as externally marked onscreen examinations and portfolios of student work.
The MYP culminates in Year 10 with a Personal Project. Students complete a significant piece of work over an extended period of time. This Personal Project involves students deciding what they want to learn about, identifying what they already know, discovering what they will need to know to complete the project, and creating a proposal or criteria for completing it. They enable students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.
The personal project is externally moderated, promoting a global standard of quality.
In addition to the Year 10 Personal Project, two-hour onscreen examinations in four subject groups (language and literature, sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences) and interdisciplinary learning are externally marked by IB examiners, as is a portfolio of student work for courses in language acquisition. Students also submit an ePortfolio of coursework for a performance-oriented subject group (physical and health education, arts, and design), which is moderated to international standards. 
At the completion of Year 10 TIGS students will be awarded the internationally recognized MYP Certificate, along with the Record of School Achievement from the NSW BOSTES.
For more information about the MYP at TIGS please contact Mrs Sharon I’Ons, MYP Coordinator on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..