People who have the adaptive expertise as well as the dispositions to face a changing future with confidence and actively make the world a better place.
A future-oriented curriculum
As the world becomes more and more complex and the volume of knowledge increases exponentially, the traditional package of knowledge and skills will not be enough to guarantee a successful career and a flourishing life. An individual’s future will depend on their ability to keep their leading-edge skills and knowledge relevant. They will need to ask the questions that will find problems we do not yet know exist and generate new procedures to solve them. For our students, future success will require agility and adaptability.
At ISB we refer to this concept as ‘adaptive’ or ‘transferable’ expertise. Our curriculum is designed to support students to develop the understanding, skills and dispositions that will enable them to develop this expertise and, in doing so, to transfer what they have learned to unfamiliar situations and to continue learning throughout their lives.
At ISB our curriculum is designed with the future in mind.
A Curriculum that draws together the best from national systems
At ISB, our curriculum is reviewed in a regular cycle.
Each time we review a subject area, we analyse a sample of the latest research on teaching and learning in that area. We then examine some of the more recent examples of national curricula in English for that subject. As an international school, it is often not appropriate for us to simply use a curriculum from one national system because:
- Our students return to move on to many different locations in the world
- The content of our curriculum needs to use truly global examples
- We need to ensure that our students are well prepared for the multiple pathways we provide for them in the final years of school
- Our commitment to developing ‘adaptive expertise’ means we need to ensure that our curriculum contains the building blocks which can be used to achieve this.
We, therefore, select the most appropriate recent example to draw from and combine the highest quality aspects of each in order to best meet the needs of our international students.
People who make considered choices, which maximize their physical, social and emotional well-being.
People who have a passion for human creativity, can express themselves through the unique media of the Arts and understand the perseverance necessary to achieve mastery.
People who are at ease in more than one culture and can confidently act as a bridge between peoples and cultures.
People who love to solve puzzles and can model and interpret the world through numbers and quantities.
People who are avid readers and can effectively communicate their thoughts, feelings and ideas to a variety of audiences and for a variety of purposes.
People who critically reflect on the human past and present and act constructively as international citizens.
People who never stop questioning the way the world works and the possibilities of what it could become