UK county leads way in offering the CP

Twenty-four state schools across Kent are now authorized to offer the IB Career-related Programme (CP), which equates to almost 30% of state schools in the county. Today, the UK alone is home to nearly a quarter of schools across the globe offering the CP.

Paul Luxmoore, Executive Head Teacher at the Coastal Academies Trust, the first group of schools in Kent to offer the CP, says: ‘’The CP is an invaluable educational offer with a really exciting methodology: by blending academic and career-related learning students’ options are kept open. The programme is life-changing; it has had a transformational effect on students in our schools and indeed on the schools themselves.”

The newly authorized schools in Kent were part of an initiative by the Kent County Council and the IB with the aim to raise aspiration among students who previously may not have considered continuing with academic education. The CP is specifically designed for students aged 16 to 18 who wish to combine career-related learning with lifelong skills such as critical thinking, communication and cross-cultural engagement.

The programme is currently offered by 177 schools in 25 countries across the world with 1,965 registered candidates for the 2017 examination sessions.

Peter Fidczuk, UK Recognition and Development Manager at the IB said: “The discussion around whether academic or career-focused qualifications successfully prepare students for life is a hot topic frequently discussed in the media and by the general public. What’s interesting to see is that a group of state schools in Kent have decided to steer away from the normal curriculum in their sixth forms and offer a new, innovative programme that blends both styles of learning. We hope it is a trend that we will continue to see increase amongst schools across the UK and consequently have a positive effect on student life-chances and aspirations.”