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Middle Years Programme

The IB's Middle Years Programme (MYP) provides a framework of academic challenge and life skills for students aged 11-12 to 16-17 years. It naturally follows the Primary Years Programme and is designed to be an excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme.

The MYP, like the other two programmes of the International Baccalaureate, is based on the belief that education can promote understanding among young adults around the world. Fostering intercultural awareness is a fundamental principle of the programme, along with communication and the importance of providing a holistic curriculum in order to better promote the development of the 'whole' child. This is done through considering multiple perspectives, helping students make connections and by using interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning.

MYP e-Assessment school

Congratulations to students in our MY5 class who participated in this year's first live session of MYP e-assessments. As part of qualifying for the new requirements to attain the MYP certificate, students have now completed work in both e-portfolio and online electronic exams. This type of external assessment is a new facet to the MYP and this new model serves to strengthen the continuum and offer MY5 students formal, recognized qualifications.

As part of our commitment to being forward thinking with regards to students' increasing awareness and engagement with technology, Skagerak International School now holds the designation of 'Leading MYP e-Assessment school'. This badge signals our leadership in a global community of schools that have embraced an innovative, rigorous and globally consistent assessment model in the MYP.

Katheryn Tester, MYP coordinator

New IB parent resource

A new parent portal has recently been launched by the International Baccalaureate and helps parents of all three programmes to find answers to common questions, links and resources: IB information for parents

MYP Next chapter

An IB education is broad and balanced, intercultural, connected and rooted in the understanding of concepts. To reflect the focus on conceptual learning the MYP has now designed two sets of concepts for schools to use in planning their curriculum:

Key Concepts - these sixteen subject wide concepts provide interdisciplinary breadth to the programme

Related Concepts-these concepts allow subject groups to explore key concepts in greater depth and with grounding in the disciplines

The AOI’s have been replaced with Global Contexts that encourage international-mindedness and connection to real world experiences. These contexts also relate more closely to the trans-disciplinary concepts from the PYP, helping to better align the four IB programmes.

Research findings about the MYP

You can find more research studies about IB programmes here.

For example:

A recent study carried out for the IB by the English National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) has compared the MYP with the two equivalent English school qualifications offered locally and abroad – GCSE and IGCSE.

This study looked at the attributes demonstrated by students eg how civic minded were they? How culturally sensitive? It also looked at the differences in the subject curriculum across all three programmes. Students, teachers and parents were interviewed about their experiences of the different programmes.

From the IB

MYP–DP grade comparisons

As the IB continues to investigate the relationship between performance in the MYP and the DP, the Global Research department is undertaking a study investigating the extent to which the MYP prepares students for success in the DP. The assessment data, collected from over 6,000 students who participated in both the MYP external moderation and the DP end-of-programme exams, will be analysed to explore the impact of moderation performance on DP exam performance.

IBO: MYP coordinator's notes November 2012

The data shows the comparison between all candidates and the cohort of IB DP candidates who have also completed the five years of the MYP, in three categories.

  • Those who pass the IB Diploma.
  • Those who achieve high scores (40+ points).
  • Those who achieve a bilingual diploma ie one with two language A subjects rather than a language A and a language B.

From these results, it can be seen that those who complete the five years of the MYP seem to experience higher achievement in the IB Diploma results, two years later.

The Middle Years Programme (MYP)

For many years, the programme model for the MYP has contained a single circle for the five areas of interaction. The former model placed the five areas of interaction closest to the centre; the areas of interaction served as contexts for learning that could better enable interdisciplinary learning. The new model contains a more layered approach to the MYP education.

At the centre, surrounding the student, are four elements:

Approaches to learning—this demonstrates the commitment to approaches to learning as a key
component of the MYP for developing skills for learning.
Approaches to teaching—this emphasizes the MYP pedagogy, including collaborative, authentic learning through inquiry.
Concepts—this shows the emphasis placed on a concept-based curriculum.
Global Contexts—shows how learning best takes place in context, and can help to develop

An extra circle highlights other key components of the model. Inquiry-based learning may result in action which may in turn be demonstrated by students in the form of service in the community. The MYP culminates in the personal project or the community project, and this features on the model now. This circle demonstrates the clear alignment with action and service, and with the culminating activities in the PYP and the DP.

Some of the subjects have been renamed in the new model.There are still eight subject groups, presented with blurred lines between them to indicate the interdisciplinary nature of the MYP.

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