How it works

The Edexcel International Primary Curriculum is a comprehensive framework that includes sample units, schemes of work, end-of-unit tests and mark schemes. The curriculum framework is delivered with the help of a specification and sample assessment materials, and assessed through Progress and Achievement Tests. 

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Accessing the full programme for iPrimary 

Only centres that have subscribed to iPrimary will be able to access and deliver the full programme. If you are not an iPrimary centre and would like find out more then complete our Expression of Interest form.

  • Progress Tests are available for you to order (see details below) to help you monitor your pupils’ progress. These tests are internally marked.

  • At the end of Year 6, pupils take an Achievement Test which provides certification. This is externally marked by Pearson.

The International Primary Curriculum framework

When you order the International Primary Curriculum your school will receive a framework that includes:

A curriculum framework is provided for English, mathematics and science, consisting of schemes of work with outline units. Find out how to order the Curriculum

60 sample units across English, mathematics and science

Sample units consist of a variety of activities, together with links to teaching resources and unit tests and mark schemes. You can use the unit tests to compare pupil performance and identify areas for improvement, or as a template for your own assessment design. Six detailed sample units will be provided per year for both English and mathematics, and 3 per year for science.

The International Primary Curriculum is designed to be flexible, so units are not mandatory - they can be taught alongside your centre’s existing content or chosen according to what is most appropriate for your pupils. However, you can save valuable time by teaching our units directly from the detailed specifications.

Take a look at the free sample materials to see just how straightforward they could make lessons:

Sample units

Sample schemes of work

Sample Year 6 Achievement Tests are also available to give you a flavour of the assessments. See below for more details.  

All centres new to the International Primary Curriculum will receive a one-day free training course (note that this will not be subject-specific.) A full list of training dates is provided when you register. 

Specifications and sample assessment materials (SAMs)

Specifications and SAMs are available to support the year 6 achievement tests for the International Primary Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Science.

They contain more comprehensive details of what you need to cover in your teaching and provide a deeper understanding of the curriculum, including all learning objectives for each unit. 

See the specification and sample assessment materials for:

Progress and Achievement Tests

Progress Tests help you track your pupils’ progress through the curriculum, while Achievement Tests enable your students to gain internationally recognised certification of their achievement.

You can use ResultsPlus, our free online results analysis service, to view a breakdown of student performance in the Achievement Tests and benchmark it against international averages. Learn more about ResultsPlus

Our package of Progress Tests allows you to test pupils’ knowledge and monitor their progress throughout the curriculum. Please note that these tests are internally marked. Progress Tests and accompanying mark schemes are available on CD-ROM at a cost of £50 per CD-ROM. To order, you’ll need the CD-ROM title and ISBN shown below: 

ISBN Title
9781446907030 International Primary Curriculum - English Progress Test
9781446907054 International Primary Curriculum - Mathematics Progress Test
9781446907078 International Primary Curriculum - Science Progress Test

How to order the Progress Tests

There are a number of ways you can order Progress Test CD-ROMs. Have the details above ready and then:

  1. Call +44 203 538 1646
  2. Email
  3. Order online in our Fast Shop 

You’ll need to give the full delivery address including postcode, order reference and contact name.

The International Primary Curriculum Achievement Tests provide pupils with a record of achievement to use when progressing to 11-14 studies, and then on to International GCSE or equivalent. Externally marked at Pearson, these tests comply with rigorous global standards and provide certification at the end of Year 6.

To help you prepare your students effectively ahead of the examinations, a set of specimen Year 6 Achievement Tests (‘sample assessment materials’) is available in addition to past question papers.

For guidance on how to enter candidates for the Achievement Tests, see the international information manual

Sample assessment materials

Past question papers

Seamless progression towards International GCSE

After completing the Edexcel International Primary Curriculum pupils can go on to study the Lower Secondary Curriculum for 12- to 14-year-olds, which offers seamless progression to International GCSE.

New for 2018

Pearson Edexcel iPrimary, the new curriculum for international schools following the UK curriculum. Learn more and view key transition dates here. 

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