The impact of the PYP on student well-being [Audio podcast]

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Well being, Primary school students, Primary school curriculum, Emotional response, Interpersonal competence, Educational environment, Multimethod techniques


In this podcast, host Zachary Fernebok interviews researchers Katherine Dix and Shani Sniedze about their study looking at the impact of the Primary Years Programme (PYP) on student well-being.

The study investigated the impact of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) on student well-being and related social-emotional outcomes. The mixed-method study involved three phases: a literature review and review of PYP documentation with regard to well-being; a retrospective comparative analysis of PYP and similar non-PYP schools; and surveys of PYP teachers and students. The study found the PYP curriculum and programmatic elements to be imbued with activities and practices that promote well-being. PYP students also demonstrated consistently higher levels of well-being compared with similar non-PYP students. Additionally, PYP schools with strong implementation showed a more positive school climate and higher levels of teacher engagement, student participation and student well-being outcomes attributable to the PYP. These findings offer substantial evidence that the PYP encourages student well-being above and beyond other well-being activities promoted in schools.