What is the iPQ?

Modified on Thu, 05 Oct 2023 at 11:22 AM

The iPQ provides a framework for teaching and assessing the development of independent, pupil-led project-learning skills, taking the form of a 15-20 hour project. The qualification is designed to prepare pupils for the style of learning they will be working to throughout their time at senior school and supplies them with a tangible project to show prospective schools during their application process.


The iPQ can be used as a stand-alone addition to an existing curriculum or as an alternative to one or more curriculum subjects. The iPQ is currently offered at three levels, iPQ2 in Years 5 and 6, iPQ3 in Years 7 or 8, and iPQ4 in Years 8 and 9.


The iPQ at each level is structured around five stages: Define, Research, Create, Reflect and Present. Pupils are encouraged to choose or “define” their own question and be as creative as possible in finding a solution, encouraging dynamic, analytical thinking and deeper confidence in valuable skills such as independent research, self-reflection and project pitching.  For further details on the inspirational qualities of the qualification, see our article Why choose the iPQ?


The iPQ is designed to be completed over the course of an academic year but can be easily implemented into a single term. Click here for a guide on implementing the iPQ into the school curriculum.

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