Engaging with PYP Enhancements: Using Feedback to Propel Forward through Agency and Action

29.06.24 06:17 AM By EducoHire

"Leveraging Feedback to Propel Forward: Engaging with PYP Enhancements"

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) enhancements have introduced new elements that are transforming the educational landscape. Among these, the concepts of agency and action stand out, empowering students to take charge of their learning and translate their knowledge into meaningful actions. To effectively navigate these enhancements, it’s crucial to understand how to use feedback to propel forward—an approach known as feedforward. This blog explores how educators can leverage feedback to engage with the PYP enhancements, fostering a dynamic and responsive learning environment.

Understanding Agency and Action in the Enhanced PYP Framework

Agency in the PYP context refers to the capacity of students to act independently and make their own choices in the learning process. It emphasizes student voice, choice, and ownership, encouraging learners to take an active role in their education. Action complements this by focusing on the application of learning in real-world contexts, inspiring students to initiate and participate in actions that have personal, community, and global significance.

These concepts are central to the enhanced PYP framework, guiding students to become proactive, informed, and responsible individuals.

The Power of Feedback and Feedforward

Feedback has always been a cornerstone of effective teaching and learning. It provides students with insights into their performance, highlighting areas of strength and areas needing improvement. However, the traditional approach to feedback often looks backward, focusing on what has been done rather than how to improve in the future.

Feedforward, on the other hand, shifts the focus to future actions. It involves using feedback to guide students on how to enhance their learning moving forward. This proactive approach aligns perfectly with the principles of agency and action, as it encourages students to take control of their progress and apply constructive feedback to achieve their goals.

Implementing Feedforward in the PYP Classroom

  1. Student-Centered Reflection: Encourage students to reflect on feedback and identify specific actions they can take to improve. This reflection process should be student-led, allowing learners to set personal goals and strategies based on the feedback received.

  2. Collaborative Goal Setting: Facilitate collaborative discussions where students and teachers set learning goals together. This partnership reinforces the concept of agency, as students take ownership of their learning objectives and the steps needed to achieve them.

  3. Continuous Improvement Cycles: Integrate regular feedback sessions into the learning process. These sessions should be iterative, with students applying feedback, reflecting on their progress, and seeking further feedforward to refine their actions continually.

  4. Real-World Applications: Connect feedback to real-world applications of learning. Encourage students to take action based on their learning and feedback, whether through projects, community involvement, or other initiatives that extend beyond the classroom.

  5. Empowerment through Choice: Provide students with choices in how they receive and respond to feedback. This could include various formats such as written comments, peer reviews, self-assessments, or digital platforms. Empowering students with choice reinforces their agency and engagement with the feedback process.


The enhanced PYP framework's focus on agency and action provides an exciting opportunity for educators to rethink their approach to feedback. By embracing the concept of feedforward, teachers can empower students to take control of their learning journeys, using feedback not just as a retrospective tool but as a catalyst for future growth

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