In the Azerbaijani Stream: Secondary, Azerbaijani is the main language of instruction. The aim is to provide an immersive environment and is achieved by positively encouraging students to use the AzSS’s shared language.

The core languages of the classroom / other languages used

Entrants to the Azerbaijani a stream at secondary school level are expected to possess a fluent command of reading, writing, speaking and listening in the Azerbaijani language. Support is available for students with a range of different academic abilities (e.g. for students less capable in literature, geography or mathematics) but specific language support (for non native-speakers) is not provided. This approach to admissions to AzSS is necessary in order for students to enhance their prospects of success in compulsory national examinations administered at the end of Grades 9 and 11.

Students additionally receive eight lessons of instruction in English a week: this is comprised of daily English language lessons and three lessons in the Cambridge Secondary Curriculum Subject, “Global Perspectives” (see The curriculum subjects and our approach to teaching and learning for details).

Russian can be studied as an (optional) Modern Foreign Language (MFL) by students studying in the Azerbaijani stream; further details of our MFL programme are given in the section The curriculum subjects and our approach to teaching and learning.

Students additionally receive one lesson of ‘English as an Additional Language’ a day and lessons in Global Perspectives (see The curriculum subjects and our approach to teaching and learning) also delivered in English.

Class sizes and  adult to children ratios

Grade 5 (10-11 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

Grade 6 (11-12 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

Grade 7 (12-13 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

Grade 8 (13-14 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

Grade 9 (14-15 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

Grade 10 (15-16 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

Grade 11 (16-17 years) - max. 18 students, (minimum) 1 class teacher, 1 assistant teacher present for all lessons

All of the above are offered by the Azerbaijani Stream: Secondary in the 2018-19 academic year.

The curriculum subjects and our approach to teaching and learning

Students attending the Azerbaijani Stream: Secondary study the following subjects:

  • Literature & Language
  • Mathematics
  • Life Skills
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • ICT, Computing & Media Skills
  • English as an Additional Language (delivered in English)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Global Perspectives (delivered in English)
  • Business Studies & Economics
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE)  
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM - delivered in English)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
  • National and Military Service Orientation

The Azerbaijani Stream: Secondary uses the standard national curriculum of Azerbaijan as its core curriculum document. Elements of other recognised international curricula are used to compliment this programme, providing a high quality learning journey for all students.

Learning in the AzSS involves a blend of traditional and modern teaching methods; opportunities for experiential learning, project-based work and frequent access to a plethora of educational technology.  Our approach ensures that students achieve exceptionally academic high levels of academic proficiency whilst also developing the  skills of communication, collaboration, creativity.  These transferable skills are essential for personal and professional success  in a fast-paced, ever-changing world.  Opportunities for students to use computers and other devices, to work independently, in pairs and in groups and to sometimes decide how (and about what) they wish to learn are actively encouraged in the curricular and extra-curricular approaches used at MTK International School.

Assessing student progress / examinations

Students studying in the Azerbaijani Stream: Secondary complete summative national examinations in each of the compulsory national curriculum subjects twice a year.

In addition to these biannual tests, students are regularly assessed by teachers and complete detailed diagnostic tests (weekly or monthly); these ascertain the depth of their knowledge, skills and understanding in all of the secondary subjects as well as their readiness to succeed in the formal examinations administered in Grades 9 and 11. The variety of assessments that we use track students’ progress in relation to both Azerbaijani and international curriculum objectives.

In Grade 9 students complete compulsory national examinations in order to receive their ‘final examination of general secondary education’ (orta ümumtəhsili əhatə edən buraxılış imtahanı)

In Grade 11 students complete compulsory national examinations in order to receive their ‘final examination of completed secondary education’ (ümumi orta təhsili əhatə edən buraxılış imtahanı).

Examinations and other forms of assessment are administered in an age-appropriate and positive way, with the aim of identifying and addressing any gaps in learning and fostering a ‘growth mindset’ in our students; we also aim to support students in developing the examination skills that they require in order to succeed in their further studies.

Meal times

Students are served breakfast around the start of the school day, lunch and a snack mid-afternoon.