Blog posts

Farewell to the IOC! 12 October 2019

It is clear from some of the questions we have been getting, that many of you are preparing for the final ever round of IOCs. For some of you this may be the last of hundreds you have done over the years;... more

Getting ready for the new course 9 June 2019

As those of you in May session schools bring the year to a close and look forward to a well-deserved holiday, we know you will also have an eye on the next academic year and, in particular, the start... more

How to revise for English? 11 April 2019

This is a question most English teachers have heard, probably most years, as many students seem to find it hard to see English as a subject that they can revise for in the same way that they study for... more

A New Year and a new course... 2 January 2019

As we look ahead to 2019 and all the things that a new year may bring, not the least will be developments in the Group 1 courses. As you will know from previous posts, changes are very much afoot - and... more

Happy Holiday Reading! 19 December 2018

Happy Holidays everyone! Many of us now get to take a well-earned break after a long and gruelling term. As we do so, we can joyfully push thoughts of Written Assignments, IOCs and EEs to one side (at... more

The Language Criterion 10 November 2018

A question recently posted on this website asked for some guidance on the distinction between the level 4 and 5 descriptors for Language, picking out the difficulty of distinguishing between language... more

The Results are in... 8 August 2018

I was talking recently to a Head of English who was scratching his head having received a huge spreadsheet of data on this year’s IB results from his school, including graphs showing results from the... more

'Taking Ownership...' 19 April 2018

'Taking Ownership' is a phrase that I find myself using a lot in lessons and it relates to a central idea that can be applied in various ways through the course’s different modes of assessment. I... more

Luddites, Laputans and Literature teachers 29 March 2018

Five recommendations, after a preamble about technology, teachers and Literature...If there is a stereotype of a Literature teacher (and I am sure there are several), one of the defining characteristics... more

Happy New Year 7 January 2018

Are you one for new year’s resolutions? Browsing around for inspirational quotations, I come across this from G K Chesterton: "The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is... more