Uk or IB curriculum for Juniors and middle age
My child is 3 yrs. old. I want my child to pursue the IB curriculum.
Most of the schools in Dubai offer UK (National curriculum of Wales) curriculum at kindergarten, junior and middle level. And for senior level they provide an option to choose between ‘A’ level and IB diploma.
What would be a good choice for my child –
1) A school which offers (outstanding / good rating) UK national curriculum of Wales at kindergarten, junior, middle level and then choose IB diploma for senior level.
2) A school which offers (good rating) IB curriculum at all levels (kindergarten to senior) i.e. PYP (primary), MYP (middle) and then IB diploma ( senior).
Since you feel that the IB curriculum is best suited to your child, it probably makes sense to aim for that curriculum from the outset. The IB curriculum is becoming increasingly popular globally and is very transferable. However, if you are not able to find a place in an IB school next year, the UK curriculum offers a very start and it would be relatively simple to transfer to an IB curriculum school at a later point. I would not leave this until your child reaches the IB Diploma level to switch curriculum. The structure of teaching in the IB programmes is different to the UK curriculum, and earlier exposure to the difference in methodology would probably make sense. Generally, though, if you are in a position to keep your options open, I would be more concerned about deciding which curriculum to stick with once your child is moving to secondary/middle school – this is when the decision for the longer term probably needs to be made.