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What is the IB PYP Learner Profile?

Sara Baker —

The Learner Profile is a list of 10 attributes that our PYP learners will work on developing over time. We want the learners to be:

  • Inquirers
  • Knowledgeable
  • Thinkers
  • Communicators
  • Principled
  • Open-Minded
  • Caring
  • Risk-Takers
  • Balanced
  • Reflective

The learner profile supports students in developing international-mindedness and in taking action for positive change. Exercising their agency, students take ownership of their learning, express their ideas and opinions, and reflect on their development of the learner profile attributes.

Students have a range of opportunities to develop, demonstrate and reinforce attributes of the learner profile in the daily life of the learning community. For example, these opportunities arise:

  • as part of the school curriculum—through the transdisciplinary units of inquiry and through subject-specific investigations,

  • through interactions in a variety of learning spaces—in the library, music room, makerspace through social interactions—break/recess and lunch, sport and interest groups, after school activities during field trips—museum visits, interschool sports events, camps,

  • through school events—assemblies, drama productions, sports days,

  • at home and in the wider community—interactions with family, friends, local businesses, sports clubs, interest groups.

Which of the learner profile attributes are important in your home for your family? Which attributes do you feel your child has strengths in, and which need some work to develop further? Which attributes are your own strengths?