The PYP Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP, and sharing them with the whole school community. It is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the learner profile that have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

The PYP exhibition has a number of key purposes including the following.

  • For students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
  • To provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
  • To provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
  • For students to synthesize and apply their learning of previous years, and to reflect on their journey through the PYP
  • To provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
  • To demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
  • To unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
  • To celebrate the transition of learners from primary to middle/secondary education

As the culminating PYP experience, it is required that the exhibition reflects all the major features of the programme. Therefore, it must include regular and carefully planned assessment.

This assessment should take two forms: firstly, ongoing assessment of each individual student’s contribution to and understanding of the exhibition; secondly, a summative assessment and reflection on the event itself.

Assessment of the exhibition takes place within the school. It should take place throughout the whole process of the exhibition and should be rigorous. The IB seeks to ensure the integrity of the PYP without formally monitoring internal assessment or conducting external examinations. Schools may find it helpful to refer to the exhibition rubric in the PYP exhibition guidelines (2004), which is based on standard D2 of the IB Programme standards and practices (2005), as a guide to assessing their exhibition.