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IB Asia Pacific Newsletter

January - March 2006

Primary Years Programme

We start the new calendar year in the IB Asia-Pacific office refreshed and ready to support and guide schools further in their implementation and understanding of the PYP.

News from IBCA

IB Website

The IB website (www.ibo.org) has been redesigned. We encourage you all to explore the new look website. There is considerable documentation and information that will support PYP coordinators and administrators in the implementation of the programme; preparing parent education sessions and also induction programs.

The IB Asia-Pacific - PYP section of the website contains all of the necessary information documents that schools require for PYP Implementation. These are downloadable from this site. 


The 2006 version of Making the PYP Happen is expected to be available to PYP schools this year. This will be placed onto the OCC and available for downloading.

The Learner Profile will be officially launched in March. This will also be available for downloading from the OCC. This document will be available in all three IB languages and Chinese. An additional document which provides a guide for the implementation of the profile will also be published.


We congratulate Linda Douglas and Mignon Weckert on their appointments to the IBCA PYP committee. Linda has been appointed as PYP committee chair and Mignon has been appointed as regional school representative on the PYP committee.

The PYP committee consists of a school representative from each region and a selected committee chair.

The IB PYP Committee meets annually at IBCA in February. School representatives are invited to participate initially for two years. The job of the regional school representative is to represent a school’s perspective on the development and implementation of the programme during the committee discussions.


IB Asia-Pacific School visits

Preliminary Visits.

As part of the feasibility study all schools are required to request a school visit by the Regional Managers before candidate status will be considered for approval.  Information regarding the preliminary visit is available on the IB website in the Asia Pacific regional link.

Application A Submission:

Candidate Status Procedures

Schools that have completed the consideration and/or six-month feasibility phase and now wish to move into ‘candidate status’ phase of PYP implementation in the immediate future, should take note of the following procedures and timelines.

Schools who wish to apply for ‘Candidate Status’ for

Submit to regional office by

For ‘Candidate Status’ from

1 April 2006

1 June 2006

1 July 2006

1 October 2006

1 October 2006

1 January 2007

Documents to be submitted:

  • IBPYP Application Part A
  • proof of payment included with the Application
  • document establishing legal status of the school
  • school’s mission statement

It is helpful in expediting Application A if it can be assured that the proof of payment is included in the documentation submitted.

Note: Application A cannot be processed if it is not accompanied by proof of payment of the required fee

The ‘Candidate Status’ fee of US$3380, effective September 1 2005 will cover:

  • access to the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC) for all staff
  • professional serviced from the regional office during the ‘Candidate Phase’

As the Guide to School Application indicates, the length of the Candidate Phase can vary according to the state of readiness of schools for authorization. Schools should keep in close contact with the regional office about their individual needs and circumstances. Once a school has applied and paid for ‘Candidate’ status, it will be invoiced for each successive year of implementation.

All documents must be sent to the regional office electronically.

If you have queries about the application procedure, please initially consult the IBPYP Guide to School Application where the authorization process is detailed, or contact the regional manager.


IB Asia-Pacific PYP Professional Development

In-school workshops

After lengthy discussions and careful consideration the regional office will not be offering any in-school workshops for the months of January and September.  There are a number of reasons for this decision:

  • Many schools have been organising in-school workshop for the week before the beginning of the new school year. We would encourage schools to focus on providing an induction program for new teachers and spending the student free days planning for a smooth beginning to the new school year. 
  • Regional workshops are strategically planned for the January and September periods. It is hoped that in doing this, the attendance at Regional workshops during these periods will be less problematic.
  • The professional commitments of workshop leaders and their schools takes priority and both January and September pose some challenges for meeting the demands of both regional and in-school workshops.

Induction program

Many schools have asked questions regarding what to include in an induction program. In order to assist schools the PYP team has drafted a short guide, which outlines the areas of information to include. This guide along with a power point (General overview of the IB) was sent to candidate and authorized schools by email early January.

In-school workshops versus regional workshops

Schools are required to organise in-school workshops in order to meet requirements for authorization and evaluation. In order for in-school workshops to be recognised, they need to be 2 to 3 days in length and must be organised through the IB Asia-Pacific office. Request forms and guidelines regarding in-school workshops are available on the IB website.

A reminder that in-school PYP workshops are designed to bring the whole school forward in their understanding of PYP. The recommendations that have been given during school visits as a general guide are significant in defining the areas of curriculum development which may require focus. The agenda should be carefully designed in order to meet the individual needs of the school. The in-school workshop is not intended to be a replica of a regional module.

Regional workshops are planned using prescribed understandings and agenda. These provide the opportunity for teachers to develop a broadened view of the big ideas of the PYP and further their understanding of facets of the program. One of the most valuable aspects of the Regional workshop is teachers networking and sharing practises that they use in their schools. We encourage schools where possible to send staff to Regional workshops outside their own country. Again this provides participants with perspectives and experiences that will enrich their understanding of education in different countries and cultures.

PYP School Charts from Year 2001 till end of 2005

PYP chart

  • 2001 =  14 authorized PYP schools
  • 2002 =  24 authorized PYP schools
  • 2003 =  31 authorized PYP schools
  • 2004 =  54 authorized PYP schools
  • 2005 =  67 authorized PYP schools
  • 2006 =  92 predicted authorized PYP schools


Workshop Leader Training

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 25 - 27 September 2006

This year we are aiming to train 35 PYP Workshop Leaders. We have a number of queries regarding the criteria for becoming a workshop leader and the process involved.

For application documents, please go to the PYP page on the IB website.

Workshop Leader Retraining

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 25 - 27 September 2006

We are excited to announce that we are able to offer PYP workshop leader retraining. This is a workshop that has been continually requested by current PYP workshop leaders.

PYP Workshop Leaders who trained prior to 2003 or who are new to IB Asia-Pacific are eligible to attend the retraining workshop.

Participants will be selected based upon application.  For application documents, please go to the PYP page on the IB website.