IB Schools and Colleges Association

‘Why A-levels should be scrapped: they don’t suit 21st century innovation’

24th September 2019

Once the gold standard, A-levels are losing their lustre, increasingly eclipsed by the rigour and breadth of the IB, says Helena Pozniak Images of delighted A-level students taking an artfully choreographed jump for joy are a familiar sight on news pages every August. But teens who have sat the International Baccalaureate (IB) have a right […]

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How can we better prepare students for university?

29th November 2017

The narrow A-level curriculum is leaving more and more new undergraduates unable to cope with the rigours of university, says Mary Curnock Cook Earlier this autumn, over 330,000 young people made the leap from school or college to higher education. Many of them will have been ill-prepared for this transition, which involves a fundamental change […]

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English as a second language? Schools need to stop treating it as an obstacle to success

22nd November 2017

When columnist Andrew Pierce tweeted earlier this year that 1.3 million children “do not speak English as a first language, underlining strain immigration puts on schools”  he understandably caused something of a social media stir. Alongside some tweets of support, others were quick to point out that not having English as a mother tongue need not […]

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Vienna International School – International Mathematics Conference

16th November 2017

This academic year Vienna International School are excited to be hosting a Kindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics conference in early June 2018. Their aim is to bring together leading authors, workshop facilitators and classroom practitioners for an engaging, relevant and cost effective professional development opportunity. To view more information on the course and to sign up please […]

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Royal Society calls for Baccalaureate

23rd October 2017

Sixth form education needs a major overhaul to properly prepare pupils for the future, a leading academic has said Pupils are being put at a disadvantage by A levels, because it is a narrow system that is no longer “fit for purpose”, according to Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society. Britain is at […]

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IB or A-Levels: The decision to shape a lifetime

28th September 2017

With Mark Seldon – Director of Studies at Gresham’s School     Many parents will be under the impression that they know all about A Levels (as they are likely to have taken them themselves) but don’t know as much about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Yet we are currently going through the biggest shake […]

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IB extra-curricular activities prepare students for university and life beyond

22nd September 2017

Research undertaken by the University of Bath into the impact of an extra-curricular component of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) has revealed that DP students are well-prepared for university, and for life. DP modelThe report, based on responses from almost 8,000 students as well as programme coordinators and alumni, questions respondents on their […]

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The importance of international-mindedness

19th September 2017

Comment by Jane Drake, Head of Curriculum Innovation and Alignment at the IB. How do today’s students understand current affairs? They hear daily analyses of the actions of the governments across the world, the plight of international refugees, terror threats, and environmental challenges. If they are being exposed to these events and current affairs for […]

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Science and arts shouldn’t be seen as rivals

21st August 2017

Fears that we will become a nation of techno-nerds at the expense of the arts only show that we are still stuck in 1959 Libby Purves Hard not to snort with momentary laughter, reading of the dismay of senior cultural figures and head teachers at a sudden upward surge in STEM subjects taken at A […]

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IB Middle Years Programme students celebrate eAssessment exam success

4th August 2017

This week more than 66,000 International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) students from around the world have received their results from the May 2017 examination session. This represents a 20.03% increase compared with last year. 703 schools in 95 countries participated and students received an average score of 35.8 points (of 56 possible maximum). 290 students received their results […]

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IB Results Day: Graduates Worldwide Celebrate

14th July 2017

Today almost 160,000 Diploma Programme (DP) students around the world will receive their results from the May 2017 examination session. They join a community of more than 1.6 million DP graduates in 152 countries worldwide. Globally, students received an average diploma score of 32.03 points (of 45 possible maximum), with a pass rate of 87%. […]

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Admissions Officers Survey

11th July 2017

Google it! Students are ‘needy, ill-prepared and reliant on search engines’  Survey of university admissions staff paints an unflattering picture of today’s students, finds Jeremy Lewis.   A “challenging set of results”, a politician might say. Others might suggest that heads should roll. What is clear is that if there were any sort of league table […]

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University of Nottingham launches £500,000 scholarship fund for outstanding IB international students

8th June 2017

The University of Nottingham has launched a new undergraduate scholarship for outstanding overseas fee-paying students who have successfully completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme(DP) before applying to study at the institution.  Students starting at the University in September 2017 and 2018 will be eligible for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Excellence Scholarship, which recognises the academic merit of students who achieve […]

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“If introducing the DP wasn’t my greatest achievement, it was certainly the scariest thing I ever did”

5th June 2017

John Claughton, former Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham, UK, radically abolished A-Levels to introduce the IB Diploma Programme (DP) – he explains why it was a risk worth taking, and how it was part of a wider plan to transform the school. Not many people get the chance to go back to their […]

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Too many independent schools are scared of the word ‘vocational’

24th May 2017

Mark Waldron, Headmaster of Ryde School with Upper Chine, Isle of Wight, discusses the benefits of an academic and vocational curriculum.  Follow the link below to read the full article in this month’s issue of Independent Education Today Full Article – Independent Education Today

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CEO of The International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association of the UK (IBSCA)

27th April 2017

Robert Tibbott will succeed Sandra Morton as CEO of IBSCA on 1 September, 2017. Up to 2016, he was Deputy Head at Dartford Grammar School (a Kent IB World School), where, since 1996, the IB Diploma Programme, and, since 2007, the IB Middle Years Programme have been offered. In 2009, the IBDP replaced A-Levels; there […]

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Revolutionising post-16 learning with the CP

20th April 2017

In the past, vocational and academic education were seen as mutually-exclusive choices. Students would have to pick a “side,” stick to it, and follow that choice through. Now, an alternative approach that brings vocational and academic paths together for students aged 16-18 is proving popular writes Jon Severs for TES magazine. Severs cites 27 schools […]

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A Better World Through Education

27th March 2017

A programme called A Better World Through Education, set to launch on Oct 25, will explore how the International Baccalaureate (IB) impacts students, schools and communities, according to a press release by IB. English newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky will host the news and current affairs-styled show, jointly produced by the international education foundation and ITN Productions, a British-based news […]

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John Claughton – vocal advocate of the IB

22nd March 2017

Follow the link below to read an article by Absolute Education who interviewed John Claughton, IBSCA Development Manager, about the strengths of the IB: John Claughton – Absolutely Spring 2017

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New research benchmarks international IB students language skills for universities

19th March 2017

The study, conducted by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC) provides a benchmark for universities across the world to assess international IB students’ English language acquisition. Most international universities around the world have English proficiency requirements for incoming international students. Many universities accept scores in DP language courses as evidence […]

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ASCL – Next Generation Leadership

13th March 2017

On 10th and 11th of March ASCL held their 2017 Annual Conference at the ICC, Birmingham. Sian Carr, ASCL President, IBSCA Committee Member & Executive Principal at Skinners’ Kent Academy spoke about next generation leadership:  “Whilst holding firm to my strong sense of what can be, of possibility, this year has made me wonder a […]

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A bright future? The IB Career-related Programme

6th March 2017

Research has revealed that the majority of graduates of the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme believe that it gives them a head start at university and prepares them for the world of work. Research has shown that the International Baccalaureate (IB) Career-related Programme (CP) helps to prepare students for university and future employment. The Warwick Institute […]

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IBSCA’s Development Manager

3rd March 2017

You may or may not know this, but last September I passed over from being the Chief Master of King Edward’s School, Birmingham to the newly created part-time role of IBSCA Development Manager, working alongside Sandra Morton and Peter Fidczuk.I see this role as having two faces, an inward-looking face and an outward-looking face. The […]

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