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The IB Primary Years Programme, for students aged 3 to 12, focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside.

Programme information & authorization

Schools wishing to offer the Primary Years Programme must be authorized by the IB.

This page provides a general overview of the process. You can download a copy of this chart.

CONSIDERATION PHASE

Required activities
  • Read Guide to school authorization
  • Submit School information form online
  • Investigate IB philosophy
  • Purchase starter pack from the IB store
  • Analyze programme requirements
  • Identify necessary resources for programme implementation
  • Ensure participation of Head of school or designee in a PYP Category 1 workshop. Schools are encouraged to also send teachers and coordinator- designate to PYP Category 1 workshops to ensure they can make an informed decision regarding programme  implementation
  • Designate IB coordinator
  • Start to gain the support of the school community
  • Decide on whether to implement the programme
IBAEM Deadlines

Allow  enough time  to submit School information form  before application for candidacy

Fees

No fees

REQUEST FOR CANDIDACY

Required activities
IBAEM Deadlines

1st  April
1st  October: late application

Fees

March/September

CANDIDATE PHASE: CONSULTATION PROCESS AND REQUEST FOR AUTHORIZATION

Required activities
  • Understand requirements for authorization as described in the Guide to school authorization
  • Set up staff accounts on the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC)
  • Work with IB-appointed consultant for a 2-day visit during candidate phase and 20 remote hours per candidate year.
  • Ensure participation of pedagogical leadership and all faculty working with PYP students in IB Category 1 workshops.  Schools are advised to meet requirements early in the candidate phase to ensure understanding of the programme.
  • Develop supporting documents related to policies, scheduling and curriculum development for the Application for authorization
  • Organize collaborative planning
  • Update action plan according to the template in the Application for authorization
  • Prepare and submit* Application for authorization using Guide to school authorization
  • *Schools may  apply for authorization minimum
  • into their 2nd year of candidacy
IBAEM Deadlines

1st April deadline to submit Application for authorization for verification visits from September to December.
1st October to submit Application for authorization for verification visits from January to June

Fees

Annual  candidate fee paid by 1st September  of every candidate year

CANDIDATE PHASE: VERIFICATION VISIT

Required activities

Plan and organize verification visit *as described in the Guide to school authorization
*The earliest a school can host a verification visit  is into their 2nd year of candidacy

IBAEM Deadlines 1st April deadline to submit Application for authorization for verification visits from September to December.
1st October to submit Application for authorization for verification visits from January to June
Fees

Annual candidate fee paid by 1st September


Regional Fees

Regional fees 2014-2015
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Key research findings on impact of PYP

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PYP document downloads

Documents to read: Guide to School Authorization: Primary Years Programme

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