One of the most popular standards for international students aged between 5 and 11 years old, is the International Primary Curriculum or IPC.
The IPC is used in over 90 countries all over the world, and is presently an accepted standard for primary education at more than a thousand schools in those countries. Many of which are international British schools such as the Rosebud Primary School in Hong Kong.
The International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive system for this age group, comprising both thematic and creative components, with clearly specified goals and outcomes for each level and each subject.
This curriculum is intended to nurture a spirit of global citizenship and independent learning amongst it’s students.
International schools that are interested can become an IPC School and will benefit from the insight from the IPC’s global learning community. The advantages include access to the complete arsenal of IPC syllabus units and assessments, guides, e-resources, and tracking tools.
IPC standards are relatively stringent, requiring a rigorous amount of self-reviews and performance monitoring according to the IPC Accreditation standards, in order to receive IPC Accreditation.
But what are some of the reasons that you should choose the International Primary Curriculum for your child?
Firstly, the IPC is an adaptable learning standard, which can be moulded to suit a child’s individual comprehension level, and still flexible enough to be adapted to a child’s personal interests.
That’s not the only way the IPC is agile: it can even be integrated with other curriculums to meet regulatory requirements of different nations, but still remain an engaging, immersive experience for youngsters. Assessments are done collaboratively by both teachers and students, ensuring the children themselves understand the correlation between their output, and the desired performance results.
When a school becomes an IPC School, that learning institute instantly becomes a member of the worldwide IPC community, with access to a wide range of online resources including web seminars, forums to discuss opinions and offer advice/feedback, and both instructional & data tracking tools.
The curriculum itself is centred around individual subjects, with a focus on both personal and international study goals. Yet the desired outcomes are always structured in an interesting way that is designed to encourage the learner to engage in a critical and independent manner.
Not only do students interact with their teachers face to face, but are in fact encouraged to collaborate and learn from the international teaching community that is connected to the IPC framework.
The tangible benefits are not just for the learners (meaning the pupils) and the education faculty. Parents can also gain valuable insights and know-how, as the International Primary Curriculum engages the parents in the learning journey as well.
In fact, the IPC will help parents learn not just the relevance of their offspring’s classroom education, but what they can be learning at home as well. Additionally, the assessments that the children must take periodically, will go a long way in aiding parents’ understanding of their skills and knowledge level.
All in all, the clear cut learning curve and transparent expected learning outcomes, combined with the independent mentality the IPC system fosters in its learners, the International Primary Curriculum is the ideal starting point to introduce one’s child to the international schooling life.