Understanding the IB Diploma


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Different by design -
understanding and using the IB diploma to recruit people who think differently
and to help prepare your organisation a competitive edge

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  • Understanding the IB Diploma

    1. 1. Different by design - understanding and using the IB diploma to recruit people who think differently and to help prepare your organisation a competitive edge Fergus Rose, Head of Marketing ACS International Schools
    2. 2. Who are ACS International Schools? <ul><li>3 schools enrolling 2,600 students more than 70 countries (15% British) </li></ul><ul><li>Expatriate’s from over 800 companies including FTSE 100 Global 500 </li></ul><ul><li>International Baccalaureate (IB) World Schools </li></ul><ul><li>PYP Primary Years Programme (PYP) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) </li></ul><ul><li>Prestigious Advanced Placement (AP) courses </li></ul><ul><li>ACS graduates attend leading universities around the world including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UK: Cambridge, Imperial College London, London School of Economics, Oxford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US: Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, new York University, Georgetown </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ROW: McGill, Stockholm School of Economics, University of Oslo, Delft University of Technology, University of Tokyo, Keio </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Workshop structure <ul><li>The IB Diploma – what it involves </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing IB qualified candidates </li></ul><ul><li>Finding IB Diploma graduates </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
    4. 4. The International Baccalaureate (IB) education <ul><li>World vision </li></ul><ul><li>A distinct approach to education </li></ul><ul><li>Breadth and depth of subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Academically rigorous </li></ul><ul><li>A different approach to problem solving </li></ul>
    5. 5. Candidate Profile? <ul><li>Inquirer </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>Thinkers </li></ul><ul><li>Communicators </li></ul><ul><li>Principled </li></ul><ul><li>Open-minded </li></ul><ul><li>Caring </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced </li></ul><ul><li>Risk-takers </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul>
    6. 7. The A level learner profile? <ul><li>Excellent memory </li></ul><ul><li>Able to follow instructions well </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed subject knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on a single topic </li></ul><ul><li>Able to repeat an activity several times </li></ul><ul><li>Deep understanding of systems and processes </li></ul>
    7. 8. What the IB Diploma involves
    8. 9. English Second language, Spanish, French etc Chemistry, Physics, Biology Geography, History Economics Maths Art, Music, Performance Art
    9. 10. 1. Extended essay 2. Theory of Knowledge 3. Creativity, action, service
    10. 11. Core elements of the IB Diploma <ul><li>The Extended Essay </li></ul><ul><li>Independent research essay of 4,000 words; a subject of your </li></ul><ul><li>choice related to your course study. </li></ul><ul><li>Theory of Knowledge (TOK) </li></ul><ul><li>A course to teach critical thinking and different paths to learning </li></ul><ul><li>and understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity, action and service (CAS) </li></ul><ul><li>Activities to develop awareness of themselves as responsible </li></ul><ul><li>members of their communities </li></ul>
    11. 12. Scoring system <ul><li>7 points for each of the subject areas = 42 </li></ul><ul><li>3 points maximum for the core elements = 45 </li></ul><ul><li>78.6% average pass rate </li></ul><ul><li>The IB Diploma pass = 24 points </li></ul><ul><li>Less than 0.5% worldwide score 45 each year </li></ul>
    12. 13. Views from university admissions officers survey
    13. 14. University admissions officers survey 2010 <ul><li>Conducted for the past five years </li></ul><ul><li>Explores </li></ul><ul><ul><li>attitudes towards different exam systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Successful application to university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Qualities needed to thrive at university </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Central admissions office managers from one in five of the universities in each mission group </li></ul><ul><li>Total sample of 60 universities </li></ul>
    14. 15. Do you think different exam systems (over and above individual teachers and school) develop different attitudes towards learning and work among students?
    15. 16. Values developed by different exam systems
    16. 17. IB qualification and A levels <ul><li>Explore what it took to pass… </li></ul><ul><li>A levels: </li></ul><ul><li>3 A levels </li></ul><ul><li>1 AS level </li></ul><ul><li>IB Diploma: </li></ul><ul><li>6 subjects </li></ul><ul><li>3 core elements </li></ul>
    17. 18. Assessing and evaluating IB Diploma graduates <ul><li>Consider the IB profile </li></ul><ul><li>Explore the subjects of study and level </li></ul><ul><li>Investigate and evaluate the three core areas </li></ul>
    18. 19. Questions to ask an IB Diploma graduate <ul><li>What subjects did you study at higher level? </li></ul><ul><li>What was your extended essay about? </li></ul><ul><li>What element of your course developed risk taking in you? </li></ul><ul><li>What tested your ability to be reflective? </li></ul><ul><li>How did your CAS build your community awareness? </li></ul><ul><li>How would that be of any benefit to our organisation? </li></ul>
    19. 20. 3. How to Find IB Diploma Graduates: Key Considerations Cost effective ways to engage with graduates Targeting graduates in appropriate forums Utilising platforms used by graduates
    20. 21. How Addresses these Issues A professional networking site Becoming more known for recruitment Low cost means of networking with graduates Enables messaging between group members Opportunity to learn more about IB Diploma
    21. 22. International Baccalaureate Graduates
    22. 23. The IB Learner profile and your business needs <ul><li>Inquirer </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable </li></ul><ul><li>Thinkers </li></ul><ul><li>Communicators </li></ul><ul><li>Principled </li></ul><ul><li>Open-minded </li></ul><ul><li>Caring </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced </li></ul><ul><li>Risk-takers </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective </li></ul>
    23. 24. IB Diploma schools in the south east
    24. 25. 4. Thank you - any questions?