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ABC is a learning environment at the heart of its community. We promote care and respect, and expect high standards in all aspects of Academic life.

 

Our aim is to meet the needs of young people in Azerbaijan, and children of expats living here for shorter or longer terms, preparing them for adult and working life in the 21st century.

 

The educational vision and curriculum design for ABC recognises that:

  • The world of 2020 will be very different to the world of today
  • The pace of change is increasing, hence the importance for flexibility.
  • Young people have, and will have increasingly, greater access to information and learning material independently of school.
  • Adulthood entails economic participation but more.
  • 18+ year olds will still be at an early stage of learning.
  • The current curriculum defined in subject terms is not always well suited to equipping every young person with the knowledge, skills and understanding they will need for a fulfilling adult life.
  • Curriculum delivery should involve a greater use of adults other than teachers. These could include support staff, graduates, artists, sports people and people from industry and business to support curriculum delivery.

 

At ABC, we generally follow the National Curriculum for England and Wales, with the addition of Azerbaijani language, culture, history and geography as required by the Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan. The exception is for English, mathematics and science in Key Stages 1 – 3, where we follow the Cambridge International Examinations curriculum, and key Stage 4, where we follow the Cambridge International Examinations and Edexcel curriculums for the IGCSE subjects.

 

In Early Years (Nursery and Reception), this means we cover the following basic areas:

  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design

As for Key Stage 1, the subjects taught are the following:

Mathematics

5

3h 45m

English

7

5h 15m

Science

5

3h 45m

History

2

1h 30m

Geography

2

1h 30m

Art and Design

2

1h 30m

Design and Technology

2

1h 30m

Computing

2

1h 30m

Physical Education

1

0h 45m

Swimming

1

0h 45m

Music

2

1h 30m

Azerbaijani Language

2

1h 30m

Azerbaijani History and Geography

2

1h 30m

PSHE and Citizenship are covered under “Life Skills” at the beginning and/or end of each day.

In Key Stage 2 the subjects are as follows:

Mathematics

5

3h 45m

English

5

3h 45m

Science

5

3h 45m

Modern Foreign Language

2

1h 30m

History

2

1h 30m

Geography

2

1h 30m

Art and Design

2

1h 30m

Design and Technology

2

1h 30m

Computing

2

1h 30m

Physical Education

1

0h 45m

Swimming

1

0h 45m

Music

2

1h 30m

Azeri Language

2

1h 30m

Azeri History and Geography

2

1h 30m

PSHE and Citizenship are covered under “Life Skills” at the beginning and/or end of each day.

The Key Stage 3 subjects are as follows:

Mathematics

5

3h 45m

English

5

3h 45m

Science

5

3h 45m

Russian

2

1h 30m

History

2

1h 30m

Geography

2

1h 30m

Art and Design

2

1h 30m

Design and Technology

2

1h 30m

Computing

2

1h 30m

Physical Education

1

0h 45m

Swimming

1

0h 45m

Music

1

0h 45m

Azeri Language

2

1h 30m

Azeri Literature

1

0h 45m

Azeri History and Geography

2

1h 30m

Finally, the Key Stage 4 curriculum consists of the following subjects:

Mathematics *

4

3h 00m

English *

4

3h 00m

Biology *

3

2h 15m

Chemistry *

4

3h 00m

Physics *

3

2h 15m

Modern Foreign Language *

3

2h 15m

History *

3

2h 15m

Geography *

3

2h 15m

Computing (*)

2

1h 30m

Physical Education (*)

1

0h 45m

Swimming

1

0h 45m

Azeri Language

2

1h 30m

Azeri History and Geography

2

1h 30m

PSHE and Citizenship are covered under “Life Skills” at the beginning and/or end of each day. Subjects marked with an asterisk are compulsory IGCSE subject, and where the asterisk is in

Curriculum Aims and Outcomes

 

Curriculum aims

The curriculum should inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future. ABC’s aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences in the primary phase and that helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

 

Specifically, the curriculum should help young people to:

  • Achieve high standards and make good/excellent progress.
  • Enable those not achieving age-related expectations to narrow the gap and catch up with their peers.
  • Move towards enabling students to more easily progress based on ability not age and to be able to enter students for public examinations when they are ready rather than dictated by age.
  • Have and be able to use high quality personal, learning and thinking skills (plts) and become independent learners.
  • Have and be able to use high quality functional skills, including key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
  • Be challenged and stretched to achieve their potential.
  • Enjoy and be committed to learning, to 18 and beyond.
  • Value their learning outside of the curriculum and relate to the taught curriculum.

 

The curriculum outcomes

ABC’s curriculum will:

  • Lead to qualifications that are of worth for employers and for entry to higher education.
  • Fulfil statutory requirements (unless they are in direct conflict with Azerbaijani law or accepted customs).
  • Enable students to fulfil their potential.
  • Meet the needs of young people of all abilities at ABC.
  • Provide equal access for all students to a full range of learning experiences beyond statutory guidelines.
  • Prepare students to make informed and appropriate choices at the end of KS3, KS4 and beyond.
  • Help students develop lively, enquiring minds, an ability to question and argue rationally and an ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
  • Include the following characteristics: breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression, continuity and coherence.
  • Ensure continuity and progression within the academy and between phases of education, increasing students’ choice during their academy career.
  • Foster teaching styles which will offer and encourage a variety of relevant learning opportunities.
  • Help students to use language and number effectively.
  • Help students develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races’ beliefs and ways of life.
  • Help students understand the world in which they live.
  • Ensure that the curriculum incorporates, and is improved and extended by, ABC’s specialist status – science, mathematics and creative subjects.
  • Develop a specific curriculum for Key Stage 3 (years 7 and 8) which will focus on the core skills of numeracy and literacy and develop the personal, learning and thinking skills of all students.
  • Design a Key Stage 4 curriculum which meets the needs of students, parents and wider society.
  • Design a post-16 curriculum which is not constricted by the curriculum offer from ABC alone but incorporates other schools/colleges which may be in partnership with the ABC.
  • Benefit other secondary and primary schools in the area.