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Jon Halligan, Head of Development and Recognition in Africa, Europe and Middle East at International Baccalaureate (IB) explains exactly what the IB is, and what makes its programmes so unique.
IB World Schools believe it is important to encourage curiosity, creativity and a critical yet compassionate outlook in students so that when they complete their education, they will seek to affect positive change.
All students are encouraged to graduate from any of its programmes, a little more curious, creative, compassionate and critically minded. The IB aims to develop young people who not only have the capacity, but also the motivation, to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and, even more importantly, respect.
This is the driving principle behind everything that IB World Schools do: ‘education for a better world’.
The IB offers four high quality and challenging educational programmes to a worldwide community of schools, catering for the academic and career-related interests of students from ages three to 19.
For close to 50 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their rigour and high academic standards and for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century.
The IB is not just about teaching and learning to gain top grades in exams; its programmes are curricula with added value.
The international-mindedness element which permeates all IB programmes ensures that innovative and creative educators from across a multitude of different cultures contribute to its ongoing development, with each programme being regularly reviewed against the findings of new research.
An IB education works within a global context, which means that the programmes increase students’ understanding of languages and cultures, teaching them how to explore ideas and issues of global significance.
Each of the four IB programmes provides a detailed and developmentally appropriate curriculum or curriculum framework that is broad, balanced, conceptual and connected.
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged three to 12. The PYP prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.
It is a framework guided by six transdisciplinary themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas, as well as transdisciplinary skills, with a powerful emphasis on inquiry.
The Middle Years Programme (MYP) for students aged 11 to 16, provides a framework of learning that encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world.
There are eight subjects, with an overarching curriculum framework of three different elements – approaches to learning; key and related concepts; and independent learning projects in which students are required to complete a significant piece of work over a period of time.
The Diploma Programme (DP) for students aged 16 to 19, aims to develop students who have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge and who progress physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
The programme is divided into six subject groups which are studied over two years, including language and literature, language acquisition, individuals and societies, sciences, mathematics, and the arts.
These subjects are in addition to three further requirements of the DP core which are designed to prepare students for university and life beyond.
The Career-related Programme (CP) for students aged 16 to 19, is a framework that incorporates the values of the IB into a unique programme addressing the needs of students engaged in career-related education.
The programme blends academic subjects and practical learning and leads to further/higher education, apprenticeships or employment. Students combine the study of DP courses with career-related studies and the elements of the CP core.
This programme is therefore ideal for students who have already determined which career they want to pursue and wish to engage in career-related learning.
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