In the DP, IB increases focus on approaches to teaching and learning


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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) has developed and refined approaches to teaching and learning (ATL) guidance materials to inspire Diploma Programme (DP) educators and to offer more support for them to engage in even more exemplary teaching.

These materials were developed during a year-long pilot, during which leading educational experts and more than 140 IB World Schools helped the IB develop and refine guidance materials.

Teaching students how to learn has always been a part of IB teaching, but now the IB is increasing focus on the approaches to teaching and learning, aligning the DP with the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Career-related Programme (CP). 


“Teachers are busy; it is easy to forget the tips and tricks you’ve used in the past. The ATL resources will be useful reminders of the things you can bring into your lessons.”

- Bradley Snell, Curriculum Manager, Anglo European School, UK


Where can IB schools find the new ATL resources?

Multiple resources are now available to support IB educators as they integrate ATL into the classroom. 

On the online curriculum centre, a password protect website for IB educators:

  • Approaches to teaching and learning in the DP guide
  • Three optional unit planning templates
  • Series of videos featuring many lessons and interviews

PD opportunities:

  • May 2015 – Category 3 workshop, available both in person and online, focusing on the implementation of ATL, sharing of good practice and practical teaching tips
  • A series of ATL webinars

Further information

For more information about the DP ATL, please attend PD workshops, sessions at the IB regional conferences or contact IB Answers at [email protected].