Improvements in student well-being and the impact of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) exhibition stand out among findings from recent studies. Download the full resource to use and share.
Here are a few of the findings from the new resource
A mixed methods study examined the PYP’s impact on school climate within California public elementary schools in the United States (US). Participants at every school reported increased attention to social-emotional learning and the whole child, as well as greater use of transdisciplinary instruction and teacher collaboration due to the PYP. Additionally, the quantitative data showed statistically significant improvements post-authorization on six school climate outcomes: perceived safety, caring relationships, fairness, parent involvement, bullying and victimization (table). 
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A study was conducted across five countries (China, Kenya, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom) to understand the impacts of the PYP exhibition, a culminating project in which students investigate and present their learnings on a chosen topic. The study found overwhelming support from parents, students and teachers for the exhibition as an activity, and a deep conviction that this was not only a good use of curriculum time, but also the pinnacle of PYP achievement. Study participants believed that the exhibition helped to develop students’ critical thinking, international-mindedness and learner profile attributes. 
In Australia, researchers investigated student well-being in PYP schools as well as the relationship between the PYP curriculum and student well-being. The study found PYP curriculum and programmatic elements include many activities and practices that promote well-being. PYP schools with strong implementation consistently showed more positive school climates and higher levels of teacher engagement, student participation and student well-being that are attributable to the PYP. Lastly, quantitative analysis of PYP and similar non-PYP schools offered substantial evidence that the PYP encourages student well-being above and beyond other well-being activities undertaken by schools. 
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 Boal, A and Nakamoto, J. 2020. School change: How does IB Primary Years Programme implementation impact school climate? Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization.
 Medwell, J, Cooker, L, Bailey, L, and Winchip, E. 2017. The impact of the PYP exhibition on the development of international-mindedness, critical thinking and attributes of the IB learner profile. Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization.
 Dix, K and Sniedze-Gregory, S. 2020. The impact of the IB Primary Years Programme on student well-being and other related social-emotional learning outcomes. Bethesda, MD, USA. International Baccalaureate Organization.