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Addressing preconceptions around the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

Almost 100 parents from both the Junior and Senior School attended an entertaining and informative talk at The Abbey given by John Claughton, Development Manager at the IB Schools and Colleges Association (IBSCA).

The aim of the talk was for pupils and parents to find out exactly what the IB Diploma is about, so they can decide if this is the right qualification for them.

John explored the philosophy of the IB Diploma Programme and did some myth busting. He explained the reasons why universities like the Diploma Programme and gave examples of some of the competitive offers universities make to IB Diploma students. He shared the universities’ view that the Diploma Programme encourages global outlook and encourages independent inquiry, and that it prepares students more adequately for their university education.

As former Chief Master of King Edward’s School, in Birmingham, John talked with humour and insight about his experience as a Head and his decision to replace A-levels with the IB Diploma Programme at his Sixth Form.

He also spoke as a parent of two boys who had both studied the IB Diploma.

Julie Mackie, IB Diploma co-ordinator at The Abbey, said: “John gave a candid, energised and insightful talk on the IB Diploma and why all girls at The Abbey should consider it.

“The evening was a great success and helped to raise awareness of what the IB Diploma is. The parents and pupils found it illuminating and gained a comprehensive awareness of the Diploma Programme, particularly those parents who only had experience of A-levels.”

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