The International Academy of Greenwich is a fast growing community of parents and educators from a diverse and rich background. As the school grows so does its community. We are passionate that IAG is not just represented as solely a body of teachers but that the community reflects the parents, community educators, the students, change partners and all those that play a role in making IAG a place where An Education for Global Citizenship can be realised.
Our ‘Manifesto’ for Change
No one can deny that our world has changed significantly. Our post industrial society, our culture of instant-knowledge, and a world in perpetual flux requires so much more from today’s learners, their teachers and from present systems of formal education. An education must respond to this change and orientate itself towards educating today’s adolescents with a capacity to actively engage with this world positively.
Complex ‘soft’ skills such as creativity, collaboration and persistence, to name but a few, are crucial skills, qualities and attributes of the individual capable of successfully navigating our complex world. Curriculum models, schools and approaches to education must be designed to facilitate the development of these skills, attributes and capacities all of which are vital in this the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The International Academy of Greenwich was founded by a group of committed parents and educationalists with a common vision for an education fit for the complexities of todays world. The founders, most of whom live in Greenwich or Lewisham, believe that a secondary school with a focus on languages, an international curriculum and a philosophy that promotes the tenets of Global Citizenship is essential, especially within the richly diverse area of Greenwich, Blackheath and Lee.
The approach, first voiced by the founders, and being developed by the whole IAG community, seeks to enable all students to master not only individual subjects but also the literacies, competencies and qualities of the lifelong-lifewide and ‘future-ready learner’.
Big Education Trust
IAG is proud to be part of Big Education. We have a shared vision for Education and belive in the importance of taking action which is 'Deliberately different'.
Big Education is about a big ambition. To bring together the energy and spirit of our schools, teachers and communities to deliver a bigger and bolder vision of what education can be about.
Big Education believe deeply that we need to educate the whole child – head, heart and hand. And if we do that with innovation and rigour, then young people will be equipped to make a difference to the world.
Big Education believes:
In making a difference to the entire system not just our own schools
In prizing distinctiveness and centres of excellence over uniformity
In challenging not accepting the way education is done - in becoming the first place to go for rigorous innovation and new thinking
Good exam results and a good Ofsted grade are a minimum necessity not goals of education
The divide between progressives and traditionalists gets in the way of true innovation that has an impact: dogma of any kind is unhelpful
Education is an intellectual as well as practical undertaking and needs a rich blend of both