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The International Baccalaureate® (IB) fully realized its concept of an educational continuum, and of a coherent, broad-based international curriculum, with the introduction of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) in 1997.

The IB is now able to offer four programmes of international education, with them, the prospect of a continuous international educational experience from early childhood to pre-university age. While the IB now offers a sequence of four programmes - the PYP, the Middle Years Programme (MYP, introduced in 1994) and Diploma Programme (DP, introduced in 1968), and the IB Career-related Programme (CP, introduced in 2012) - each programme must continue to be self-contained, since the IB has no requirement for schools to offer more than one programme. However, they must also form an articulated sequence for those schools that teach all three programmes or any sequence of two.

With the development of a continuum of international education, it is intended that teachers, students and parents will be able to draw confidently on a recognizable common educational framework, a consistent structure of aims and values and an overarching concept of how to develop international-mindedness.

The IB learner profile will be at the heart of this common framework, as a clear and concise statement of the aims and values of the IB, and an embodiment of what the IB means by "international-mindedness".

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