Interpersonal development All IB programmes, including the DP and CP, support development of a range of human attributes known as the IB learner profile, which ensures that students are communicators, risk- takers, principled and inquirers, amongst other qualities that promote critical thinking in students. The core competencies of which are highlighted in the employability research as skills in short supply. The development and enhancement of critical

thinking are the foundations of the IB’s philosophy and its programmes. The DP, specifically, with its core elements - the theory of knowledge (TOK) course, community, activity and service (CAS) and the extended essay (EE) - focuses on critical and creative thinking, enabling students to analyse situations, revisit challenges and create possible solutions to real-world problems.

Career-related study CCR’s research shows that both academic knowledge and vocational skills will be of equal importance as we head into the future. The CP combines the best of both worlds – a quality academic foundation with real hands-on career experience. With its unique andragogic teaching approach, it will prepare students to launch directly into a career or excel in further study. The CP is a great way to put skills, interests and

ideas to the test, with opportunities to delve into subjects that would not normally be taught in school. By learning through doing, students graduate with the confidence, skills and experience needed to thrive in their careers and be proud of their contributions to the world. Through the CP, students study two or more

courses from the DP, ensuring a rigorous academic grounding; a career-related study (for example a BTEC); and the CP core, which consists of four components (service learning, personal and professional skills, language development and the reflective project). Studying the CP provides students with a solid foundation for important life skills, such as sense

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of purpose, resilience, reflection, empathy and ethics. Teachers can benefit from the programme’s flexible hybrid framework, which allows learning to be designed or tailored to specific contexts, cultures and student interests. There’s also a range of professional development opportunities, giving access to peer support, training, conferences and workshops. For schools, the CP is a popular offering and an exciting growth area. It’s a great opportunity to cater for students who are ready to begin training for their careers, which not only boosts student retention, but garners recognition of innovation.

Academic excellence The IB’s flagship programme, The DP, gives students a world-class preparation for university and employment beyond. It’s a comprehensive, challenging framework that allows students to flourish intellectually, physically, emotionally and ethically, helping to graduate above non-IB peers. The DP is renowned for producing bright,

confident, motivated and multilingual young people who love to learn. Students who study the programme join a cohort of exceptional individuals, nurtured with a rich depth and breadth of knowledge that will last throughout their lifetime. The DP is structured around six subjects, in

which students study three at standard level and three at higher level, including: language acquisition, sciences, the arts, mathematics, individuals and societies and studies in languages and literature. This gives students the flexibility to pursue subjects of interest while still placing graduates in a strong position to enter the university of their choice. As they move through the programme,

students will mature and thrive through a core curriculum that is made up of the three components - TOK, CAS and EE. The TOK course is designed to help students question and understand how they know what they know; by stimulating analysis of knowledge across disciplines, TOK helps students make sense of school and the world. Through CAS, students 7

complete a wide variety of extracurricular, community service and athletic options to develop a number of interpersonal skills such as confidence, teamwork and resilience. The EE introduces students to the demands and rewards of independent work. Emphasis is placed on students undertaking personal research and communicating their ideas effectively in order to write a 4,000 word essay in a personal area of interest. An analysis of the DP found that the strong

presence of discussions, debates, oral presentations, written assignments and teamwork enabled students to develop many of the skills necessary for civic engagement.

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