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.
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.
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.
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.
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
to indicate when colleagues are online
to allow for collaborative planning
to improve context and ease-of-use
to support meaningful reflection throughout the cycle
to align and link assessment tasks & learning experiences
customisable background headers to reflect your unit
Programme Standards & Practices
Built-in planner guidance and IB Evaluation support
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.
Create summative and formative tasks linked to units, custom categories, resources, and the student Portfolio with support for differentiation.
Supported file types
- Website or Video
- Files (PDF, PPT, DOC, TXT)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Streamlined communications & notifications support the school-to-home experience as well as increase student and teacher engagement.
Activities & Payments
Download these PYP-specific resources to support you and your school with the transition to the enhanced PYP:
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!