The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and UK schools

Internationalising the National

In the UK, the International Baccalaureate Organisation tends to be equated with its Diploma Programme, a broad & challenging course for 16-19 year olds offered in many international schools. The IB Diploma is also available in a number of UK schools and was much discussed a few years ago, when the last government explored possible alternative structures for A Level courses. Although an IB-type model was not adopted, there are still many UK based admirers of the DP’s breadth and philosophy: 6 subjects chosen from different groups (2 of those being languages), Theory of Knowledge, an Extended Essay and an experiential learning module known as Community, Action, Service (CAS).

In fact, the IBO offers four programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP, 3-11). the Middle Years Programme (MYP, 11-16) , the vocational Career Related Certificate (CC, 16-19)  as well as the Diploma Programme. However, the profile of the PYP, MYP &…

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