16 October 2017

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Collaboration in a PYP school

As part of our ongoing professional development, the Junior School staff are further developing skills in order to enhance collaboration.

Collaboration across the school by all teachers is a requirement of the IB and is highlighted in the IB Standards and Practices:

  • Standard A: The school's educational beliefs and values reflect IB philosophy. Practice 3b: The school as a community of learners is committed to a collaborative approach to curriculum.
  • Standard C1: Collaborative planning and reflection support the implementation of the IB programme(s). There are nine practices that IB PYP schools have to meet in this area.

Collaboration is also highlighted in the learner profile:

  • Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

On Monday 13 October, Junior School staff participated in a professional development session with Kim Chute that focused on developing the skills to have 'crucial conversations'.

This was followed by a staff meeting that focused on the components that are crucial to support effective collaboration. The following link will take you to an article read and discussed by staff at a recent staff meeting: http://pypchat.wikispaces.com/file/view/So+They+Can+Fly+-+Building+a+Community+of+Learners+copy.pdf

(Please note this link will not work in Safari)

True collaboration cannot happen without making connections and building partnerships, and this is what we strive to achieve at Scotch.

Ms Kathy Derrick

Deputy Head of Junior School - Curriculum