The Middle Years Programme is implemented in 1356 schools in 108 countries across the globe.
TIGS commenced using the MYP framework in 2014. In 2016, TIGS became only the second school in NSW and the twelfth school in Australia to be authorised for all three IB programmes (PYP, MYP and DP). This achievement reflects the exceptional commitment to excellence in teaching and learning at TIGS.
At TIGS we offer the MYP from Years 7-10. 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.
- Language and literature.
- Individuals and societies.
- Physical and health education.
At TIGS Biblical Studies is an important ninth subject.
Students at TIGS have the opportunity to choose between French, Japanese and Mandarin as their second language.
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 Education Standards Authority (NESA) 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 to enable students to improve. Assessment in the MYP features a robust design that includes rigorous, criterion-related internal assessment for all subject groups.
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 for completing it. The Personal Project enables students to engage in practical explorations through a cycle of inquiry, action and reflection.
The Personal Project is then externally moderated by the IB.
At the completion of Year 10 TIGS students are awarded the internationally recognised MYP Course Results Certificate, along with the Record of School Achievement from the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).