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Update: The Primary Years Programme (PYP) review
by PYP Development Team on 20 September 2016 in News, Review
How are we making sure the Primary Years Programme (PYP) engages learners of today – and tomorrow?
As you may know, the International Baccalaureate (IB) has embarked on reviewing the PYP. In fact, since 2012, the IB has been conducting the first comprehensive review of the Primary Years Programme (PYP). That means we are looking at everything from the PYP’s founding principles to the way we implement PYP in the classroom.
Thinking about ‘the learner’, ‘the learning community’ and ‘learning and teaching’
The IB is using ‘the learner’, ‘learning and teaching’ and ‘the learning community’ as frames to support our thinking around and review of the PYP.
The learner describes the goals we have for individual students and the goals they seek for themselves
Learning and teaching outlines the PYP’s distinctive features within the framework
The learning community emphasizes the importance of the purpose of learning and the role of the learning community in helping achieve the goals of an IB education
Extensive research, analysis and consultation conducted so far has revealed the need for a reconsideration of the current curriculum model – written, taught and assessed. The IB wants to broaden the perspective on what constitutes the PYP educational experience and show the interdependence of everyone and everything.
PYP review update video September 2016
PYP review update video September 2016 available at the OCC.
Watch our video
Find out more about the IB’s current thinking around the PYP framework as the PYP review moves towards the release of the new digital interactive site for the PYP in 2018.
Watch our 7 minute video at the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC)>PYP>E-library>PYP review.
The PYP review is a collaborative effort between the IB and PYP educators around the world. We are committed to frequent and clear communication during this important period in which the PYP continues to develop.
Watch for our next review update at the OCC. Schools will also be able to keep up-to-date with the latest information via the following resources:
The PYP Development team will be available at the IB regional conferences to share programme enhancements. We would like to invite all those attending the conferences to join our sessions, meet us and ask questions about the programme.
Which are the next coming IB regional conferences?
IB AEM regional conference | Barcelona, Spain | 6-9 October 2016
IB AP regional conference | Yokohama, Japan | 29-31 March 2017
Watch for the next update – at the OCC in early 2017.
Read our previous update here.
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