“The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the organisation works with schools, governments and international organisations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment. These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”
The International Baccalaureate (IB) caters for pupils of all ages through its Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. The IB is offered in English, Spanish and French. Many leading international and independent schools offer IB programmes and the IB Diploma is one the principal qualifications required for entrance into the world’s leading universities.
Schools that offer IB programmes undergo a rigorous quality assurance approval process and are inspected at regular intervals to ensure that standards remain high.
The Primary Years Programme
The Primary Years Programme (PYP) is for students aged 3-12 and aims to help children to develop both inside and outside the classroom.
The PYP utilises an inquiry-based approach and introduces students to a range of globally relevant topics such as:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organise ourselves
- Sharing the planet
The Middle Years Programme
The Middle Years Programme is designed for students aged 11-16 and has been created to help them connect with, and become a part of, the wider world while creating a positive attitude to learning in the process.
MYP students study their mother tongue, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In the final year of the programme, they also undertake a personal project, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and skills they have developed throughout the programme.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
“Life in the 21st century, in an interconnected, globalised world, requires critical-thinking skills and a sense of international-mindedness, something that International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme students come to know and understand.”
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a two-year programme which provides graduates with a valuable, widely-accepted international qualification. The IBDP programme is recognised by universities worldwide and is currently offered by almost 2500 leading global schools.
In the IBDP, students study six courses at either higher level or standard level. Pupils choose one subject from each of one of 5 subject areas, thus ensuring breadth of experience in languages, social studies, the experimental sciences and mathematics. Their sixth subject may be an arts subject (music, theatre, visual arts or film) or a second subject from one of the main subject areas.
In addition, the programme has three core requirements that are included to broaden the educational experience and challenge students to apply their knowledge and understanding:
The Extended Essay is a requirement for students to engage in independent research through the in-depth study of a question relating to one of the subjects they are studying.
Theory of Knowledge is a course designed to encourage each student to reflect on the nature of knowledge by critically examining different ways of knowing (perception, emotion, language and reason) and different kinds of knowledge (scientific, artistic, mathematical and historical).
Creativity, Action, Service requires that students actively learn from the experience of doing real tasks beyond the classroom. Students can combine all three components or do activities related to each one of them separately.
For a wider discussion of the IB philosophy, IB programmes and details of schools offering the IB, visit www.ibo.org