Reception children take a balloon flight across Africa
IPC Up and Away Unit
New IPC Science units added
IPC member schools have been enjoying a number of brand new IPC science-focused units
Meeting the learning needs of KS3 – a one day conference focuses on middle years learning
Children become real life entrepreneurs
Good Teacher Magazine finds out how children became real life entrepreneurs
Students in the USA enjoy international and universal learning!
Children discover first-hand about the brain and learning
Great learning and great fun at IPC Summer Schools
Spring 2013 issue of IPC Magazine Eye On The World now out!
Designing schools for best learning – Take part in live GTN chat
Liverpool plays host to free one-day learning conference
A free one day conference focused on learning
World Water Day, 22nd March 2013
We are pleased that the work we do with WaterAid benefits such a great cause.
10 Creative Ways to Teach English that Deliver Outstanding Results
Anna Warren of Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School, Camden, UK
Converting to an Academy with the IPC
Simon Bramwell describes the schools move to Academy status with the IPC
Students use IPC learning to share their feelings on war
“Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, nothing’s going to change. It’s not.”
IPC Rainforest unit ends with great success at Prague British School
IPC in action at the Royal Academy in Indonesia
Fieldwork Education hosts welcome event at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur
League Table Success for St Paul’s in London
The school is in the top 1% of all schools in England
Leadership Conference focuses on Jim Collins Great By Choice
This will consider the key leadership messages from Collins’ work
Children enjoy learning ‘Who Am I?’ with the IPC at Compass International School in Doha
1,000 schoolchildren share in global recording of song by Howard Jones
What do you want to see in the new primary curriculum?
Guardian Teacher Network open blog
IPC at Royal Buckingham International School in Jakarta
“it delivers a truly magnificent experience for each and every student”
Join in Guardian Online Chat about Global Awareness this Thursday
Thursday November 8th, 4-6pm
IPC, IMYC and the Expansive Education Network – Working Together!
Shirley School in Cambridge shows MP why they are doing so well
Demonstrating high standards
Engaging, Exciting, Rigorous Learning Around the World Thanks to the Olympic Games
Guardian talks to IPC member schools in feature about connecting learning to the real world
International Collaboration live chat inspires great learning ideas
IPC director took part in Guardian expert panel
Working with schools overseas – online live chat with the Guardian Teacher Network
27th Sep from 4pm - 6pm (GMT)
Raising Literacy Standards with the IPC
We don’t agree with everything Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief of Ofsted is saying, but he is absolutely right about literacy: “I expect better results from primary school children at the ages of seven and eleven…as soon as possible”.
What really thrills us is that many of the 1,000 UK schools using the International Primary Curriculum say that the IPC has had a big impact on their literacy improvements. Here’s some of the evidence:
1. IPC Feedback from Ofsted
A number of Ofsted reports have referenced the International Primary Curriculum as a route to supporting the improvement of literacy skills. Take a look at these examples:
“The school’s adoption of the International Primary Curriculum has had a very positive impact, making pupils enthusiastic about learning and giving them a global perspective. They have plenty of opportunities to practice their literacy and numeracy skills across a range of subjects, and use information and communication technology very effectively. - St. Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Tower Hamlets, London
“They regularly communicate with schools in other countries through email and webcam facilities, as part of the International Primary Curriculum. These aspects… mean the pupils are very well prepared for the secondary school curriculum… The curriculum is outstanding not only because it meets the needs of pupils to be literate and numerate, it is broad and balanced.” - Childwall Valley Primary School, Liverpool
“The International Primary Curriculum is already having a positive impact on pupils’ academic progress. As a result of the way in which the school organises what is taught, pupils…reinforce their literacy and numeracy skills in a range of contexts and are becoming more creative in their work.” - St Malachy’s Catholic Primary School, Halifax
2. Ofsted encouragement to use the IPC, followed by improvement
Headteacher Cathryn Downing, Stamforf Park Junior School, Hale, Cheshire, explains:
“Ofsted inspected us in September 2009 and absolutely slated us for our teaching and learning. Ofsted felt we’d limited children’s opportunities; that we’d created a ceiling. It was the Ofsted inspector who suggested we look at the IPC. The inspector felt that it was exactly what our school needed.
The IPC really helps to embed numeracy and literacy learning as it’s allowing children to apply their numeracy and literacy skills in a relevant and purposeful way. The vocabulary the children are now using is way above what we’ve seen in the past. Their complexity of thinking is way up.”
3. Huge impact in two Devon schools
Adrian Clements, Headteacher of St Catherine’s Primary School in Heathfield, Devon describes the impact of the IPC on the literacy standards:
“Last year, 100% of our children achieved two levels of progress in their literacy scores and we’re sure that the IPC had a big part to play in this. Where possible, we include IPC into our literacy genre teaching.
As a teacher at St Michael’s (prior to being Headteacher at St Catherine’s), I saw first-hand the impact that an IPC unit like the Volcanoes and Earthquakes unit had on the children’s writing. The detail and accuracy in their writing was extremely good. Their story writing was amazing. There was much evidence of use of relevant vocabulary and the boys, in particular produced really good work as a result. I do think that, where the opportunity and the relevance does exist, the IPC definitely supports the development of literacy skills.”
4. Tower Hamlets: Success in the 3R’s against the odds
In 2011, Tower Hamlets local authority in London was referenced as one region in the UK showing success in the 3R’s against the odds. There are 22 primary schools in Tower Hamlets using the International Primary Curriculum to deliver the National Curriculum. Sir William Burrough primary school, where 85% of children come from ethnic minority backgrounds, 80% have home languages other than English, and over 60% are entitled to free school meals, has been learning with the IPC since 2004 and 94% of children are currently attaining level 4 or above in KS2 tests. Headteacher Avril Newman says “The IPC is hugely enriching because it’s using real experiences to contextualise learning.”
5. A Study into the Impact on Pupils Writing
Ysgol Derwendeg in Caerphilly, Wales conducted a study recently (2011) providing evidence of improved standards in writing as a result of the IPC. Headteacher Loraine Hunter says: “Where the IPC has really supported us is in our focus on improving writing. A lot of this is because the children love the IPC themes. We were especially able to see good examples of creative writing.” Read the entire study here - http://www.greatlearning.com/ipc/news/a-study-into-pupils-writing
For more information
The IPC can support the improvement in literacy in your school, too.
To speak to an IPC regional advisor directly about the International Primary Curriculum or to visit a school near you using the IPC, telephone 0207 821 4898 or email Karetha@greatlearning.com