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The Diploma Programme24 January 2019

In this section we look at the Diploma Programme requirements. Each of the pages is intended to be used as a stand-alone workshop to be used during a staff meeting or professional development session. more

DP Coordinators27 May 2018

The Big PictureIntroducing the IB philosophyAligning your mission to the IB missionMaking the IB Learner Profile your ownEmbedding international mindedness in all you doIB terminology -... more

8 TOK Lessons16 October 2017

A series of introductory stand-alone lessons on the eight Ways of Knowing, Videos and activities to get your students (and staff) started on thinking like a TOK person!You can use them to introduce Ways... more

IB Approaches to Teaching and Learningfree12 August 2018

If the individual IB subject guides inform us about what to teach and learn the Approaches to Teaching and Learning Guide describes how to.This page is designed to help you understand the nature of the... more

What is an IB Education?12 October 2017

This page focuses on the question 'What is an IB Education?' (WIAIBE) This is the name of one of the seminal IB documents as well as the umbrella term for a suite of workshops that were launched in 2017.... more

DP Coordinator's Handbook22 January 2019

The Diploma Programme Assessment procedures, 2019, (formerly called the Handbook of procedures) is the handbook for DP Coordinators and teachers. It describes the administrative requirements of running... more

DP Coordinator - Job Description2 May 2018

The IB regards the Diploma Coordinator as part of the (pedagogical) leadership team of the school. This is made clear in Standard B1 which states that “The school’s leadership and administrative structures... more

Aligning Mission with IB8 February 2019

The IB is a mission driven organization. It is more than its educational programs. At its heart the IB aims to create a better world through education. Indeed, what could say that the IB mantra is 'education... more

Establishing an ATL culture20 October 2018

The IB approaches to teaching and learning are central to delivering on the IB mission. If IB schools are committed to nurturing compassionate lifelong learners who have a passion to change the world... more

Our Learner Profilefree15 September 2018

The IB Learner Profile should be at the heart of the life of the school since it is the practical articulation of what it means to be an IB World School.This section provides activities you can facilitate... more

The Big Picture5 December 2017

This section provides you with presentations and activities to explore the International Baccalaureates' 'big picture' - its philosophy, mission and aims. It identifies key concepts and terms as well... more

What is International-Mindedness?free13 February 2019

Education has always been perceived as a national priority. It has been the means of defining, debating and maintaining a nation’s culture from one generation to the next and therefore its very sense... more

Theory of Knowledgefree13 September 2017

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is unique to the IB. It is central to the Diploma programme and learner centered classrooms. It is part of the Core. Theory of Knowledge is a course that is fundamentally about... more

Learner Profile Assemblies27 August 2017

A series of stand alone lessons which could be presented in assemblies to the whole school or to individual classes.Each of the lessons focuses in one of the ten IB Learner Profile attributes. more

Learner Profile25 June 2018

This page provides examples of how schools have embedded the IB Learner Profile in school life.Ardingly College, an IB World School in the United Kingdom, has added the following attributes to the existing... more

Introduction5 December 2017

This section of the website is designed to help DP Coordinators introduce and implement the programme in a manner that supports the IB mission statement and philosophy, and conforming to the IB standards... more

How does the Learner Profile link to learning?10 October 2017

The attributes and descriptors of the Learner Profile describe the type of learner the IB hopes to develop through its programmes. The IB Learner Profile is the common ground between all four IB programs:... more

IB Approaches to Learningfree19 August 2018

The IB approaches to learning are a set of strategies and skills. They pay especial attention on how students learn as opposed to merely the content of the learning. These approaches are intrinsically... more

The Core28 December 2017

The core (TOK, CAS + EE) is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. It is the core that makes the Diploma a programme of study and not just a set of examination courses. How can you as a school highlight... more

Inquiry into the Learner Profile14 October 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of the IB approach to teaching and learning.In this activity we inquire into the attributes of the IB Learner Profile. This activity can be used at the beginning of the school... more

Knowledge - how do we know?21 September 2017

As educators we are in the business of exploring how humans come to know what they know and making that knowledge relevant to life.So how do we know what wed know and how do we make learning relevant,... more

Inquiry-based free8 July 2017

One of the six IB approaches to teaching is that it is inquiry based. This supports the description of the IB learner as 'inquirer' in the IB Learner Profile.But what does it mean to inquire? What does... more

Tips for authorization20 June 2017

Prior to becoming an authorized IB World School you are a Candidate School.Introducing any new programme involves you in a significant change process. This page looks at some of the challenges of introducing... more

Teaching and Learningfree6 June 2017

What are we teaching for? What do we mean by 'learning'? An introduction to Cultures of Thinking project 21st century learning needs Workshop: Expert vs Experienced Teachers - what... more

Living the IB Learner Profile25 October 2016

The IB describes the Learner Profile as its “mission in action”.Activity 1a: How does the Learner Profile articulate the IB mission?Read the IB Mission Statement here. Use a high lighter to identify... more

How to plan a unit28 January 2019

How do you design learning experiences?If you wish to create consistency of practice in your school it is important to agree on the design principles you are going to use when you develop learning experiences... more

Toolkits for collaboration19 November 2017

As a school leader you will be responsible for the learning of your staff within your professional learning community. This site is structured around collaborative facilitation tools that you can use... more

Developed in global contexts31 August 2017

The concept of being a global citizen has roots in ancient Greece. However, the concept has gained new currency and meaning with the context of 21st century living. ‘Globalization’ is a word often... more

IB Learner Profilefree16 June 2017

The IB Learner Profile is a set of ten attributes which all members of the IB community - students, teachers and leaders - should be encouraged to develop. They represent a broad range of human capacities... more

IB Mission16 June 2017

Why are we IB educators? Why an IB education? What is distinctive about the IB Mission Statement?Why do we educate? What's your definition of a great school? Or put another way, 'what do you want the... more

Unit Planning18 August 2018

How important is it to plan your teaching in advance? General Eisenhower said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”If course planning... more

Diploma Subjects30 December 2017

Which subjects should you offer students? How will you help colleagues plan their teaching and align this with IB philosophy?This page explores some of the key issues in developing a diploma programme. more

Timetabling30 December 2017

The timetable gives a clear vision and picture of school activites. The amount of time you give to activites indicates the importance you give to those activities. Therefore timetable construction is... more

Learner Profile as 'Our Culture'18 August 2017

How do we live the IB Learner Profile in all that we do? How do we embed it into the culture of our school?This activity is helpful in (re)-aligning the culture of your school - and especially the staff... more

How to write a mission statement13 February 2019

IB World schools need to align their school mission with the IB mission. Whether you are a leader in an established school or going to lead a new school it is good to review your mission statement periodically... more

IM in my school26 September 2018

The activities in this section are useful tools when you are trying to collate evidence together in preparation for a self-review or formal IB evaluation visit. Such visits require schools to engage with... more

Writing Vision and Mission Statements25 January 2018

Who are you and where are you going? These are two essential questions for all of us who work in schools.A mission is our identity. A mission statement states what we are, what we stand for. Our mission... more

Teaching Tips17 December 2017

What advice would you give to a new IB teacher about how to teach in an IB way?This page is not intended to be an authoritative guide – after all some of the best teaching can occur in the spur of an... more

Approaches to Teaching and Learning16 December 2017

Although PYP and MYP teachers will be familiar with the IB approaches to teaching and learning some Diploma Programme teachers will less familiar, not least because it was only in 2015 that the IB started... more

IB Learner Profile5 December 2017

The IB Learner Profile is described by the IB as their 'Mission in Action'. It is a set of learning outcomes. The IB Learner Profile describes the attributes and outcomes of education for international... more

Staff Learner Profile10 October 2017

The IB Learner Profile is a profile for all in an IB World School: students, staff, leaders and governors. This is signified by the fact that each of the attributes is prefixed by "we" (i.e. all members... more

Reason21 September 2017

We will look at the following two kinds of reasoning and how each may be a source of knowledge: deductive and inductive reasoning. Whilst these are important sources of knowledge which we rely on we also... more

Case Study2 August 2016

A case study is the story of an issue or challenge that needed to be addressed in your school. The narrative is told from the point of view of someone in the school who has to respond with a set of actions... more

Evidence informed teaching and learning14 January 2019

As teachers we make decisions every lesson: decisions about how to engage students in their learning, how to structure the learning process, how to provide students with effective feedback etc. Sometimes... more

Academic Honesty Policyfree21 October 2018

The IB requires academic honesty to be embedded into the life of the school. Standard C3 states that "Teaching and learning promotes the understanding and practice of academic honesty." The IB expects... more

Magpie Corner25 June 2018

I believe that all good teachers and schools leaders are like magpies – they spot little things that attract their attention and steal them for their own practice. On-going school improvement, the thirst... more

Appreciative Inquiry22 January 2018

Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a form of professional inquiry and research. It is a tool for change and organizational development. The AI approach builds on positive practice already in existence and asks... more

Concept-driven21 January 2018

Concept-based teaching and learning focuses on broad and powerful organizing ideas both within and across subjects. Concepts help to integrate learning, deepen disciplinary understanding and allows people... more

Activator 19 November 2017

A good way of starting a lesson or project is to provide a hook to grab the students' attention and to engage them in the learning. I call this using an activator or motivator. Elsewhere you may see such... more

IB Leadership Pathwayfree19 October 2017

The IB have developed a leadership development programme consisting of a suite of workshops that explore various aspects of leadership. In this section of the wesbite you will examine the key concepts... more