International Lower Secondary Curriculum | Pearson qualifications

Pearson Edexcel iLowerSecondary Curriculum

Pearson Edexcel iLowerSecondary is a complete teaching and learning programme for use in international schools, for children aged 11-14 . It provides structure if you need it, flexibility if you don’t, and provides the foundation for progression to International GCSE and beyond.

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iLowerSecondary includes sample schemes of work, exemplified units of work, internally assessed progress tests, externally assessed achievement tests and a comprehensive professional development programme – all supported by world-renowned Pearson print and digital published resources-so you can be confident you have everything you need, that it all works together, and that it’s up-to-date and in line with the latest teaching, learning, and assessment practice. 

Based on British best practice with an international approach, the programme was developed in line with the latest International GCSE (9-1), providing the best foundation for progression. It is written with learners of English as an additional language (EAL) in mind. Draw your students in with an internationally focused curriculum and ensure knowledge sticks with accessible and culturally relevant examples and resources. 

Cut your planning time and guide your students through the curriculum with our ready-made Schemes of Work. Full Schemes of Work are provided for all subjects for every year group across iPrimary and iLowerSecondary, with every unit of content exemplified and links to Pearson resources .

Our detailed subject specific Teacher Guides provide support for specialist and non-specialist teachers. The guides also cover teaching techniques, pedagogy and classroom management. .

Teacher Professional Development is included in the programme package - face-to-face training delivered locally (subject to local restrictions) as well as online, with ongoing Professional Development provided via webinars and support for school co-ordinators. 

Progress Tests for every unit allow you to check ongoing student progress together with end-of-year Progress Tests which are freshly updated every year. Pearson Edexcel Achievement tests for Year Six (iPrimary) and Year Nine (iLowerSecondary) provide certified recognition of a student’s study. Our popular post results service, ResultPlus, can be used with the achievement test results to assess how your cohort and school have performed. 

Supporting you all the way from planning to teaching and learning, and through to assessment, our internationally renowned published resources for iPrimary and iLowerSecondary help you start teaching straight away, with the peace of mind that you have all you need. All our carefully selected resources have been written with learners of English as an additional language (EAL) in mind. 

Take a look at our range of mapped published resources for iLowerSecondary

iPrimary is part of iProgress, our complete series for3 to 19-year-olds in international schools. The iProgress family includes iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE, GCSE, International Advanced level (IAL*), and GCE A level, and delivers a consistent learning journey for students and teachers, everywhere in the world. 

As the UK’s largest awarding organisation, Pearson Edexcel is best placed to provide qualifications that are recognised as being most closely aligned to the British educational system. iLowerSecondary is specifically designed to prepare students for International GCSE. 

Build the foundations for future success and steer students towards success with a curriculum that builds on their learning at every stage. 

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To access the full iLowerSecondary programme and start teaching, you will need to subscribe to iLowerSecondary via our Active Learn platform. 

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