An educator's view on the true value of an IB education
Tim Jones, Deputy Head at Sevenoaks School, UK, highlights the positive impact that the International Baccalaureate (IB) has on his students.
Apart from great academic achievements, it is the understanding of cultural diversity and the sense of service to the community – core values of the IB – that really bring the education to life at Sevenoaks School.
“More than anything, and certainly more than exam results and university places, it is the open-minded, open-ended exchange of thought and enthusiasm, which brings the fizz and sparkle to academic life here”, says Jones.
Balance is also key in the curriculum and the school has reduced the level of homework and plans to cut down on the amount of testing in order to free up more time for teachers and students to teach and to learn. As a result, reading for pleasure has had a boost and academic results have soared.
Sevenoaks School has offered the IB Diploma Programme (DP) for nearly 40 years. Despite its great achievements, most importantly the school is guided by the IB mission statement and aims to “encourage students from across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right”, Jones summarises.