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An IB consultant from London visits Kaunas Erudito Lyceum: Impressed by the parent engagement and students’ skills

The visit of IB consultants to Erudito Licėjus is an important step towards IB PYP accreditation. In February, a consultant from Germany visited the Vilnius branch, and these days, a guest from London – International Baccalaureate consultant and head of the London Southbank International School, Mr Stuart Brain – is visiting the Erudito Licėjus in Kaunas.

The goal of the IB consultants is to assess the progress of the IB PYP program implementation at the school, review the action plan, and interact with teachers and students. Throughout this year, IB consultant Stuart Brain has been working closely with IB PYP coordinator and primary school teacher Rūta Gudynienė, so he says he has already formed an opinion about Erudito Licėjus.

“Working remotely with PYP Coordinator Rūta Gudynienė for over a year I have learned a lot about your school so I was delighted to actually visit Erudito Licėjus school this week. I really enjoyed meeting with representatives from the parent community on Monday. They were all very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, talking about how much their children enjoy school and what it is like to be the parent of a PYP student. I also very much enjoyed getting to know the teachers here at the school, and observing lessons was a privilege. Most importantly, it was great to meet so many of the students who were so engaged and interesting to talk to. Everyone has been very welcoming and I’d like to thank in particular Rūta Gudynienė and Director Nerijus Pacesa. I also very much appreciated getting to know the wonderful city of Kaunas, I hope to return for a visit with my wife in the near future.”

This visit is an important step in the transition towards IB PYP program accreditation. Erudito Licėjus is a candidate school for the IB PYP program, The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Since 2020, Erudito Licėjus has been implementing the IBDP program for students in grades 11–12, so the introduction of IB PYP in pre-primary and primary school is a step towards a broader program that reflects our educational philosophy. At the heart of our commitment to education lies the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP), a framework that emphasizes holistic development and the nurturing of internationally minded young learners. We maintain the existing curriculum and integrate it with the principles and methods of the IB PYP education program.

IB PYP offers a research-based, interdisciplinary learning program that enhances understanding of connections between various subjects. The program focuses on contextual and experiential learning, as well as project activities.

“The visit of the IB consultant from London to the school confirmed that we are on the right track and have a very good understanding and implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB PYP) philosophy,” said Rūta Gudynienė, the IB PYP coordinator in Kaunas. “The consultant praised our school, its leaders, teachers, and the community of parents and students. He observed that the teaching at this school is student-centered, focused on the development of competencies, fostering independence and responsibility. The children are taught to think globally.”

According to R. Gudynienė, a primary school teacher and IB PYP coordinator, the guest was impressed with the English language knowledge and skills of the Erudito Licėjus’ primary students. He noted that the children can communicate and collaborate well, can clearly identify which learner profile attributes or skills they are developing in certain situations, and are capable of reasoning and critical thinking.

If you want to join our enthusiastic and knowledgeable IB PYP community, start with the 0 to 4 grades both national and international classes at Erudito: