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A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the PYP (Questions about the PYP you were too afraid to ask) Cindy van den Heuvel
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What does the PYP stand for? PYP stands for Primary Years Programme. It is an international curriculum model and teaching methodology for children aged 3-12 years. It was formulated by the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation), and is followed by the MYP (Middle Years Programme) and later by the DP (Diploma Programme). What is so special about the PYP? The PYP focuses on the development of the whole child, and provides a framework that can meet a child’s academic, social, physical, emotional and cultural needs. It is inquiry based and lends itself to being integrated across the curriculum. Students take ownership of their learning and develop skills and attitudes to help prepare them for life in a global world. The PYP also caters for all the different kinds of learners you get in the classroom. There is literally something for everybody. The PYP also tends to let students get a deeper understanding of the topic. The PYP is great! Once you’re child has experienced it, there’s no turning back. Be warned!
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Who or what is the IBO? IBO stands for International Baccalaureate Organization. It is a non- profit education foundation with its headquarters in Geneva Switzerland. The IBO offers a continuum of education for children aged 3-19 years, through its 3 programmes – the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. The focus is on developing international-mindedness and a positive attitude towards learning. Most international schools offer one or more of the IBO Programmes. The IBO keep a close watch on their programmes, and schools have to go through a strict authorization process, that takes a few years, before they are authorized to offer one of the IB Programmes, or advertise themselves as an IB World School.
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Why do the IBO take so long to authorize schools? The authorization process takes from 2-3 years and is very intensive. Schools have to complete very detailed application forms and provide all kinds of information to show that they are providing excellence in education, have organized systems in place, and the money to provide for on-going staff training and to buy the resources needed for the different IBO Programmes. In addition, the IBO will send representatives for a Pre-authorization visit and will provide help and support while schools are undergoing their candidate status, on the road to authorization. Schools have to implement the programme for at least one year before they can move onto the next stage of the authorization process. As you can see, not just any school can become an IBO World School and be authorized to offer one or more of their programmes. The IBO also does follow up Post-authorization visits to the schools, the
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