A review of curriculum in the UK: internationalising in a changing context

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This article focuses on the growing emphasis on international dimensions of the curriculum in the UK. Educators and policy-makers increasingly grapple with the thorny issue of how best to prepare future generations for life in a world changing so rapidly that no-one is able to predict precisely what knowledge and skills will be relevant for the adult of tomorrow. Overlapping with debate relating to the national context is that pertaining to the global environment, which manifests itself in current educational discourse relating to a growing number of concepts such as global citizenship education, international education, development education, world studies, and education for international understanding. Beginning with consideration of the curriculum context, this article highlights the growing number of international curriculum programmes being developed and offered worldwide, and in the UK in particular, before considering some of the reasons behind this growth and the implications of increased interest in programmes with an international focus.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-26
Number of pages19
JournalCurriculum Journal
Issue number1
Early online date18 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Bibliographical note

Dr Mary Hayden is Director of the Centre for the study of Education in an International Context (CEIC) at the University of Bath, and Editor of the Journal of Research in International Education. Her teaching, publishing and research supervision focus particularly on international schools and international education. She is a Trustee of the Alliance for International Education, a member of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) Advisory Board, and academic advisor to the International Leadership Management Programme (ILMP).


  • International Baccalaureate
  • International Primary Curriculum, IGCSE, international curriculum
  • international education


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