PYP authorization process
In order to implement the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), schools must successfully complete the IB’s authorization process.
This process is necessary to ensure that each candidate school develops the skills, structures and values to offer the PYP.
Are there specific processes for the PYP?
To be eligible to implement the PYP, schools must:
- have at least two consecutive grades/years
- appoint a PYP coordinator to lead the programme and communicate with the IB
- commit to the mandatory professional development of PYP teachers
- ensure that the student experience is continuous, with students moving from one programme to the next without any gap, in cases where a school chooses to offer other IB programmes consecutively with the PYP.
You can read detailed information by downloading the document below:
The authorization timeline
Global Authorization Process: Primary Years Programme*
for schools that start their academic year in August/September
* Alternative authorization timelines may be accommodated by special request to the appropriate regional office. Schools wishing to pursue an alternative authorization timeline must meet global IB criteria and be willing to accept the associated risks and additional costs and requirements. The final decision on any such request rests solely with the IB.
How long does the authorization process take?
A successful candidate school usually takes between two and three years to become authorized to deliver the PYP.
Apply to teach the PYP
Using an online form, you can tell us you're interested in becoming authorized for the PYP.