The PYP and MYP achieve recognition for meeting Australian National Curriculum standards


Last updated:

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle-Years Programme (MYP) have been recognized by the Australia Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) to meet the principles outlined in the Australian Curriculum, highlighting how IB´s framework empowers students to become confident and creative individuals, successful learners, and active and informed community members.

This recognition in August stemmed from IB’s submission of an application earlier this year, seeking to assess the compatibility of the PYP and MYP with the latest iteration of the Australian Curriculum, Version 9.0. The review conducted by the ACARA Recognition Committee declared that IB programmes enable students to attain equivalent learning outcomes in various key subjects, including English, Mathematics, Science and Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, Languages, Technologies and The Arts by the end of year 10.

The ACARA Alternative Curriculum Framework Recognition Process seeks to determine the extent to which a well-established alternative national curriculum framework can deliver educational outcomes for students comparable with those based on the Australian curriculum. Moreover, the process considered the extent to which the IB framework aligns with the guidelines defined in the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, which sets out a vision for a world-class education system that encourages and supports every student, no matter where they live or what kind of challenges they face.

Olli-Pekka Heinonen, Director General at the IB affirmed, “We are immensely proud of the recognition bestowed upon the PYP and MYP by ACARA. This acknowledgement underscores the unwavering commitment of the IB to provide a world-class education that aligns seamlessly with the Australian Curriculum. Our mission has always been to nurture well-rounded, inquisitive, and confident individuals, and this recognition reaffirms our dedication to empowering students to excel in a rapidly changing global landscape. We look forward to continuing our partnership with educators, schools, and students across Australia to provide the best opportunities for the youth.”

The IB curriculum is deliberately flexible, empowering students, teachers and schools to tailor an education that is appropriate to their culture, context, needs, and interests. To this end, the IB is committed to continue working with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop rigorous global education programmes, and to increase access to high-quality education to the widest cohort of students possible.