Tom and the IB

We know the International Baccalaureate fosters learning agility. Here's an example of how that work in practice. 

Friends of mine have a son who is in his early twenties. I have known Tom since he was five. He’s a wonderful young man; the product of great parenting and an IB education, completed in three different schools in three different countries.

After graduating from an international school, Tom began a joint honours degree in Spanish and International Relations at Exeter University. This year, he will complete a Master’s degree in Applied Security and Strategy–a degree course that didn’t exist until three years ago.

Tom has just been accepted by the UK Civil Service and his ambition is to work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, dealing with international issues. I have no doubt that he will achieve this dream.

It’s a great biography for a young man of 23 and I particularly like the thought of his IB education preparing him for a degree that didn’t exist at the time he was at school!

This is one of the beauties of the IB suite of programmes. From the Primary Years Programme through to the IB Diploma, teaching and learning is all about empowering students to wonder, to explore -- and to become forward-thinking leaders.

Our students are schooled in a broad-based conceptual curriculum that is intellectually rigorous and challenging. Rather than narrowing their options, the IB programmes provide options while building an essential bedrock of skills, competencies, knowledge and traits that make our young people so marketable, learning agile and so attractive to universities and future employers.

Tom, whose course is set for an exciting future, is a brilliant example of this.

Rose Threlfall