Action in the PYP
An explicit expectation of the PYP is that successful inquiry will lead to responsible action, initiated by the
student as a result of the learning process. This action will extend the student’s learning, or it may have a
wider social impact. IB World Schools that offer the PYP should meet the challenge of giving all learners the
opportunity and the power to choose to act; to decide on their actions; and to reflect on these actions in
order to make a difference in and to the world.
In the PYP action should be seen as a voluntary demonstration of a student’s empowerment in the context
of the expectations laid down in the programme. The complex issues of the 21st century do not often
suggest simple or self-evident solutions, and so inaction may also be a legitimate choice; indeed, sometimes,
inaction may be the best choice.
The PYP advocates a cycle of involvement that provides students with opportunities to engage in purposeful
and beneficial action, some of which may involve service to fellow students or the school community.
In the PYP effective action does not need to be grandiose. It can begin at the most immediate and basic
level: with the self; within the family; within the classroom, the hallways and the playground. Effective
action can be a demonstration of a sense of responsibility and respect for self, others and the environment.
For younger children, the cycle of action helps them to develop the core of values and understanding
upon which awareness of themselves within society and a sense of responsibility toward that society will,