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The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP)

The MYP is the IB curriculum taught between the ages of 11 and 16. The MYP is underpinned by the IB learner profile in which children are taught to become learners, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, carers, open-minded, balanced and reflective.

The curriculum will generally be subdivided into:

  • English language
  • Another modern language
  • Maths
  • Sciences
  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education
  • Technology

This contrasts with the British approach, A UK private school is not obliged to follow any set curriculum but most follow a version of the UK National Curriculum before starting GCSEs or IGCSEs at age 14 for two years. In those last two years, there is more choice for the GCSE student to start to specialise, whereas MYP students tend to keep to a broad subject mix with a global approach such that the curriculum is transferrable wherever you are in the world.

MYP students are generally marked on grades 1 (very poor) to 7 (excellent). Students do not really get a graded certificate at age 16, whereas GCSE students end up with a certificate graded for each subject up to a high of A*.

The reader should note there are an extremely small number of IB MYP schools in the UK – all based around the Greater London Area – and most of them day only. They tend to cater for children of transient international ex patriate workers.