The curriculum at Beaconhouse Private School Al Ain adheres closely to the framework of the National Curriculum for England (NCfE), which is largely subject- and stage- based. The NCfE provides an entitlement curriculum up to the end of Key Stage 3, (age 14) which means that students in each age cohort study the same subjects, regardless of their background, nationality or level of academic attainment.
The curriculum also includes (a) Arabic and Islamic Studies, and (b) cross-curricular understanding in the key areas specified by ADEK and DSIB (personal responsibility, understanding of Islamic values and awareness of Emirati and world cultures, and community and environmental responsibility). ’Innovation’ also features in the curriculum, in the form of stimulating student thinking and encouraging action to achieve innovative outcomes.
At BPS, we provide students with opportunities to learn about the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 as set out by the United Nations. When students develop or implement project-based learning at school, in the community, nationally or internationally, it helps them to understand their social responsibility and place in the world. These are essential skills that will be fostered in children at Beaconhouse and bring forth into adulthood.
Our intention is to provide a rich international curriculum that is relevant to the families living in Al Ain whose children join our school. The UAE values the NCfE for its quality, structure and organisation and – in addition – we find that they want their cultures, histories and narratives to be recognised and honoured. The school celebrates this diversity and ensures that all children learn about their own background and identity.