International Primary Curriculum (IPC)

The IPC strives to educate and develop children into 21st Century Learners.

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is one of the fastest-growing curriculums in the world today.

Great learning, great teaching and great fun…

It is a comprehensive curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness. The IPC is now the curriculum choice of international and national schools in over 1,800 schools in over 90 countries around the world.

International Primary Curriculum

What is the IPC?

The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is a curriculum that is being used in over 1800 schools in 90 countries around the world. It was launched in 2000, having taken three years to create by a group of leading experts in children’s learning from around the world. It is a comprehensive thematic creative curriculum with a clear process of learning and with specific learning goals for every subject, for personal learning and for international mindedness.




Global Themes, Local Heritage




Skills Focused


Personal Development


Assessment for Learning


Creative and Challenging




International mindedness

What is the Goal of IPC?

The goal of the IPC is to focus on a combination of academic, personal and international learning. It allows our students to enjoy their learning; develop enquiring minds, develop the personal qualities they need to be good citizens of the world, and develop a sense of their own nationality and culture, at the same time developing a profound respect for the nationalities and cultures of others. Most of all, it allows our students develop all the skills they will need in order to confidently face the world of tomorrow.

How do they Learn?

Children learn through a series of IPC units of work that is as stimulating and as rigorous as possible. Each unit of work has a theme that our students will find interesting and relevant. Linking subject’s means that children can make lots of connections with their learning. We now know that the more connections that the brain can make, the better a child can learn.

The IPC has been designed for children of all abilities and all learning styles, and encourages learning in groups as well as individual learning. The continued development of the IPC today ensures that children are learning a current and highly relevant curriculum based on the very latest research into the brain and children’s learning.

How are they assessed?

Although the learning is based around a theme, the learning that the children do within that theme has very distinct outcomes to ensure that children are learning exactly what they need to learn. Students are evaluated and assessed if various ways as knowledge, skills and understanding are learned differently, therefore taught differently and assessed or evaluated differently.

IPC uses three guiding questions:

1. What kind of world will our children live and work in?

2. What kinds of children are likely to succeed in the world?

3. What kinds of learning will our children need and how should they learn it?

What skills and values do students acquire?

A combination of knowledge, skills and understanding is at the centre of all students learning through the IPC. No one can properly predict the nature of work and life opportunities that will be available for today’s primary age children by the time they are adults. Many of the jobs they will have don’t yet exist; especially in the fields of ICT, technology and science. So the IPC focuses on a skills-based approach, developing adaptable and resilient globally-minded learners, prepared for the fast-changing world that they’ll be living and working in.

The development of skills is a very big part of the IPC and learning activities have been designed so that children can develop these skills. This development of skills even applies to the personal learning goals which emphasise adaptability, resilience, thoughtfulness, cooperation and respect and which, as a result of progressive skill development, help children to become able and inspired learners.