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The International Primary Curriculum (The IPC)

The IPC is the International Primary Curriculum for children aged 5 - 11 years old. It is used by over 730 schools in 92 countries worldwide.

It is a comprehensive, thematic, creative curriculum, with a clear process of learning and specific learning goals for every subject. It also develops international mindedness and encourages personal learning.

  • The IPC is flexible and can be adapted to children's interests and level of understanding
  • It can be integrated with other curriculum to ensure we're meeting statutory requirements, in a creative and engaging way
  • It offers simple but structured curriculum focussed around subject, personal and international learning goals
  • With the IPC we are part of an international community of schools, teachers and learners with access to an online space for information sharing
  • IPC helps engage parents with learning, and to understand the relevance of learning in the classroom and at home
  • Assessment is done by teachers and children to help engage them with learning, and understand their level of skills and knowledge
  • The IPC encourages collaboration and reflection not just between teachers and pupils, but amongst teachers within the school and worldwide

The Personal Goals

Personal goals underpin the individual qualities and dispositions we believe children will find essential in the 21st century. There are 8 IPC Personal Goals - enquiry, resilience, morality, communication, thoughtfulness, cooperation, respect and adaptability. Opportunities to experience and practice these are built into the learning tasks within each unit of work.

As an example of some of the IPC Learning Goals for Adaptability, children, through their study of the IPC will learn to:

  • Know about a range of views, cultures and traditions
  • Be able to consider and respect the views, cultures and traditions of other people
  • Be able to cope with unfamiliar situations
  • Be able to approach tasks with confidence
  • Be able to suggest and explore new roles, ideas, and strategies
  • Be able to move between conventional and more fluid forms of thinking
  • Be able to be at ease with themselves in a variety of situations



We are searching for knowledge through questioning and research.


We are able to cope in a variety of situations and approach a task with confidence.


We keep on trying even when we find something difficult.


We know the difference between right and wrong and show this through what we say and how we behave.


We can share our thoughts and feelings to others through our speech and our actions.


We use a wide range of thinking skills to help us to solve a problem.


We can work alongside other people, understanding that everyone has a role to play within the group, as well as respecting each other’s views and ideas.


We show respect for the needs of other people, living things and the environment.