Managing the Enhanced Primary Years Programme

Redesigned from the ground up for the Enhanced PYP!

  • The only learning platform supporting the full IB Continuum and designed with the new Standards & Practices in mind.
  • Collaborative real-time unit planning with integrated Student Portfolio, Assessment and Reporting.
  • Flexible unit template editor and enhanced reflections designed from the ground up for the new PYP.
  • Worksheets for Service Learning and Project-Based Learning allow students to plan, record and reflect upon action as a dynamic outcome of agency.

Portfolio

Students gradually build a digital portfolio over time as they submit coursework into their classes for individual assessments. Track the progression of a student’s learner profile attributes and ATL skills through their learning goals and submitted work. All submitted work is automatically grouped into subjects with learning goals. Portfolios can be exported as PDFs or synced to our partners when taking the next step in your students’ learning journey.

Remote Learning

Bring your curriculum to life with a unified remote learning platform on ManageBac with built-in Zoom, AssessPrep, and KeyChat integrations.

Three pillars supported by PD & best practices:

Teaching & Learning
Seamless Online Lesson Delivery with and

Communication
Whole-school communication with

Student & Teacher Engagement
Engagement analytics and automated reminders with weekly digests

Learn More About Integrated Remote Learning

Summative Assessment

Formative Assessment

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Long Answer

Fill Text Question Types

Auto Correctable Questions

Hotspot

Match

Sort

Classify

Graphing

Table / Chart

  • Online Exams

    Securely manage remote examinations

    Provides accurate and easy-to read answers which allows for faster grading

    Choose your exam delivery method and take advantage of powerful analytics

    Criteria or Points-Based Assessment

  • Live Invigilation

    Deliver assessments within a live, synchronous online lesson

    Ability to monitor the students visually during remote testing using online meeting platforms

  • Flipped Classroom

    Assign assessments for students to complete asychronously

Learn more about AssessPrep

Centralise Whole-School Communication

Designed to directly address the needs of PYP Educators, and adapted to facilitate Remote Learning. Channel membership is provisioned and managed automatically based on Class & Year group enrolment as well as Teacher & Advisor relationships.

Improve Collaboration for Remote Learning

KeyChat connects your learning community to support staff communication, school administration, and teaching & advisory relationships (e.g. homeroom teachers with specialist teachers or SL Advisors).

Provide Social & Emotional Support

Allow students to express themselves to their classmates and advisors by sharing how they are feeling via text or through the use of emojis.

Enhance School-to-Home Communication

Streamline Parent communications to provide a Unified Family Experience.

Online Lesson & Presentation Mode

Schedule your virtual lesson using your video conferencing tool or take advantage of our built-in Zoom integration. Start the lesson with one-click from your calendar or your unit’s Stream.
Presentation Mode

Curriculum

Improved unit flexibility, real-time collaboration and online presence for managing the Enhanced Primary Years Programme (PYP).

Collaborative Curriculum Planning

Collaboratively create, edit and share unit planners across year levels in real-time.

Ready-to-Go

Built-in with transdisciplinary themes, key concepts, ATL skills and more.

See the Big Picture

Browse whole-school curriculum and analytics to track coverage of concepts and automatically generate your Programme of Inquiry.

Resources

Embed notes, files, photos, videos and websites with our drag & drop Stream & Resources.

Redesigned Primary Years Programme (PYP) Unit Planner

With a host of improvements for your Early Years, Standard and Specialist (stand-alone) Planner templates.

Fonts & Icons

more readable with visual cues

Online Presence

to indicate when colleagues are online

Real-Time Editing

to allow for collaborative planning

In-Line Editing

to improve context and ease-of-use

Reflections

to support meaningful reflection throughout the cycle

Connections

to align and link assessment tasks & learning experiences

Personalisation

customisable background headers to reflect your unit

Programme Standards & Practices

Built-in planner guidance and IB Evaluation support

IB philosophy

Streamline the IB Evaluation process by tagging evidence as you go! Link Portfolio items, Reflections and Tasks to specific practices to generate a rich bank of evidence centred around student learning experiences and outcomes.

To support schools transition to the new IB Standards and Practices, we are providing planner guidance direct from the IB, including how each section of the template aligns with the IB Standards and Practices. This embedded PD will keep the IB philosophy at the heart of teacher planning and collaboration at your school, driving a culture of continuous reflection and improvement.

For more information on the new IB Standards and Practices, click here to our blog.

Academic Standards & Curriculum Updates

We have added over 607 sets of academic & accreditation standards and benchmarks for our schools comprising the world’s largest indexed collection of over 1.5 million fully-licensed academic standards.

Teaching and Learning

With a unique Curriculum-First approach & design, ManageBac supports effective implementation of your chosen curricula:

  • When you create a class, you choose from pre-built subjects linked to Scope & Sequence, which allow teachers to collaboratively share curriculum, resources, tasks, and assignments effortlessly.
  • ManageBac allows for customisable standards according to Year Groups or Phases to allow for differentiation across units, resources and assessment tasks.
  • When a curriculum review occurs, curriculum changes are automatic, saving schools countless hours each year and ensuring that curricula is accurate & up-to-date.
  • Transition years, when curriculum reviews go into effect, are managed seamlessly, e.g. PYP Year 4 would be on a new subject guide, while PYP Year 5 would be on the old subject guide.

Tasks

Create summative and formative tasks linked to units, custom categories, resources, and the student Portfolio with support for differentiation.

Integrated with

Supported file types

  • Website or Video
  • GDocs
  • Files (PDF, PPT, DOC, TXT)
  • Photo
  • Note

Classes

Staff can view events, tasks, deadlines, and entire calendars by year group, individual class or activity group (i.e. Basketball Club). Students and parents also have access to their own calendar, which is populated with their associated items and updated in real-time.

Attendance

Teachers record class attendance based on the configured preferences (i.e. weekdays and rotation-based, categories, days off). Admins can manage attendance by student, class, or curriculum and set daily digests, send reminders to teachers, and absences to parents. Parents can also submit attendance excusals through ManageBac.

Calendar

As a teacher or administrator, you can view assignment deadlines and entire class calendars by year, group (such as Basketball or Drama Club), or by individual class. Parents and students also get a real-time view of their term as calendar items are synced as soon as they are added by their instructors.

Messages

Communicate with year groups, teachers, and individual students to provide feedback, suggestions, and add clarity about tasks and assignments. Parents using ManageBac can also receive messages about their student's performance alerting them to potential issues as they happen.

Assessment & Reporting

Tailored for the unique need of international schools, our systems provide built-in IB PYP Curriculum support and country-specific assessment requirements, all wrapped into a sleek, mobile-ready and easy to use interface.

Gradebook

Submit individual task and term assessments by points and anecdotal feedback with customised category weightings and grade boundaries. Create term rubrics for all or specific subjects, and automatically convert to local grades. Administrators can track in real-time the progress of term grade submissions by subject or student.


Learn more about Split-Screen Gradebook

Google Docs

In less than 3 clicks, teachers can link, assign, and distribute a Google Doc template to their entire class. For students, this provides one-click access to their GDocs editor with the coursework template pre-loaded, and automatically saves the submitted GDoc to their portfolio with all marks and annotations preserved for future reference.

Our Turnitin integration allows student coursework to be automatically submitted through Turnitin prior to grading in order to improve student writing, empower original thinking, and prevent plagiarism. Access all Feedback Studio features directly from within ManageBac.

Annotations

Vantage Reader is a built-in tool for all marking and annotation of submitted coursework. Designed to be collaborative, multiple authors can comment and annotate individual assignments in parallel - Just like in Google Docs.

Annotation styles

Sticky Note

Comment

Text Box

Drawing

Highlight

Signature

Image

Line

Report Cards

Report cards can include a customisable cover letter with signature, learner profile, ATL skills evaluation, overall progress including homeroom advisory comments and attendance, extra-curricular activities and final grade descriptions. Generate reports individually or in bulk as print-ready PDFs which can also be distributed to securely to parents and students online with optional email and in-app notifications.

ManageBac for Mobile iOS Android

For Students, Parents, Teachers, and Coordinators

The new ManageBac mobile app supports all user types including students, parents, teachers, coordinators, and admins across all curriculum programmes with an improved experience on tablet & phone for all key functions: taking attendance, classroom management, messaging, managing Service Learning, and Exhibition requirements.

School-to-Home

Provide students & families with a consistent, modern and intuitive user experience from initial inquiry to enrolment and school life & beyond.

Teaching & Learning

Our core teaching and learning offering improves the classroom experience for teachers and students with curriculum planning, assessment and reporting, and academic management.

Admissions & Enrolment

OpenApply, our School Admissions Management System, is integrated with ManageBac and supports your entire family throughout the admissions and enrolment process. Streamline family information updates, confirm re-enrolment, and complete the application process for siblings all in one place.

Communications

Streamlined communications & notifications support the school-to-home experience as well as increase student and teacher engagement.

Activities & Payments

SchoolsBuddy, our Extra-Curricular and Activities Management System, is integrated with ManageBac and allows schools to easily book & manage activities and parent-teacher conferences alongside an advanced payments solution supporting student life beyond the classroom.

School Resources

Download these PYP-specific resources to support you and your school with the transition to the enhanced PYP:

Getting Started with ManageBac: For the Early Years and Primary Years Programmes

A comprehensive guide designed for school Administrators & PYP Coordinators to configure your school’s ManageBac account in a best-practice manner. Includes Subscription Overview, School Account Setup, Getting Started guides, FAQs, help resources, and more!

Sample PYP Report Card

Designed for flexibility and customisation, reflecting the wide diversity of assessment approaches at IB PYP schools.

Sample PYP Portfolio

View our sample PYP Portfolio to see how Student Portfolios can be generated in ManageBac.

Sample PYP Unit Planner

Preview the experience of Plan, Design & Implement, and Reflect for each unit of inquiry using the ManageBac unit planner.

How to Create PYP Next Unit Plans

Press play and watch a video on How to Create PYP Next Unit Plans in ManageBac.

Programme of Inquiry

Explore thirty-six fully developed Units of Inquiry for Grades K-5 aligned to commonly used academic standards. Created by a group of leading PYP educators in Portland, Oregon.

PYP Posters (English)

Twelve engaging classroom posters illustrated by author and IB teacher Chris Gadbury. Posters highlight the IB Learner Profile, Approaches to Learning, Key Concepts, and more.

PYP Posters (Japanese)

Twelve engaging classroom posters illustrated by author and IB teacher Chris Gadbury. Posters highlight the IB Learner Profile, Approaches to Learning, Key Concepts, and more.

PYP Stickers

Spark creativity with stickers that spotlight Approaches to Learning, Key Concepts, and more.

Maps and Sticker Sheets: 'Who We Are' & 'Sharing the Planet'

A classroom activity that integrates the PYP’s six transdisciplinary themes.

eBook: Prepare for the Enhanced PYP

First look and preview of PYP Next, redesigned from the ground up for the enhanced PYP.

eBook: Change Management in Schools

As you transition to the enhanced PYP, find out what the research tells us about how to make your innovations a success.

eBook: Crowdsourced Inspiration and Strategies from PYP Educators

Get the scoop on how PYP educators around the world are leading their teaching teams as they transition to the enhanced PYP.

IB Learner Profile stickers

Spark creativity with stickers that spotlight IB Learner Profile, ATL Skills and more.