The IBCP offer at The Skinners’ Kent Academy
The key difference of the IBCP is the flexibility it offers students. There are three elements to the IBCP offer at The Skinners’ Kent Academy:
- Two to four IB Diploma subjects
- One Vocational course
- The IBCP Core - Language Development; Service Learning; Personal and Professional Skills; Reflective Project (Year 13).
The three elements can be flexibly combined into a number of coherent pathways that provide students the opportunity to set themselves achievable goals preparing themselves for the world of work, apprenticeships or University.
Advantages of being an IB student
Acceptance Rates: Graduates of the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme have higher university and college acceptance rates than other applicants.
Increased Opportunities: Graduates have increased opportunities of receiving scholarships and other grant opportunities.
Interdisciplinary Teaching: This method of instruction develops the students into international-minded individuals.
Unlimited Knowledge: Being a graduate of this institution means cultivation of lifelong learning.
Teacher Development: Unlike other schools where teacher evaluation can be an issue, the International Baccalaureate Organisation develops its teachers to meet the demands of the students using IB strategies.
Risk Takers: The students are trained not to be afraid of approaching unfamiliar situations and uncertainties. They are taught to be independent-spirited, to explore new strategies, ideas and roles, to be expressive and able to defend their beliefs.
Knowledgeable: The Academy trains its students to explore concepts and issues that have both local and global significance which will in turn, help them to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of various disciplines.
Liberal Minded: The graduates of the IBCP understand and appreciate their own personal histories, are open to the perception, values and traditions of other people. They confidently seek and evaluate a variety of perceptions and tend to grow from the experience gained therein.
Highly Principled: Graduates of the IBCP grow up to be principled individuals who act with integrity and honesty, coupled with an astonishing sense of fairness and respect for other individuals, groups and communities.
Ingenuity: IBCP graduates are known to be creative and imaginative in dealing with everyday problems and dilemmas.
Understanding: Graduates of the IBCP are trained to project themselves into another person’s situation in order to understand that particular person’s reasoning and emotions over a given condition.
Self-Assurance: IBCP graduates pride themselves with being confident in their respective abilities as learners, and do not shy away from taking risks where necessary and at the same time, applying whatever they learn from the risk taken and applying them to their everyday life.
The Following Frequently Asked Questions about the Career related programme have been provided by the International Baccalaureate Organisation
What is the Career-related Programme?
The Career-related Programme (CP), designed by the International Baccalaureate (IB), is an innovative education programme tailored to students who want to focus on career-related learning in the last two years of high school. It allows students to create an individualize path that leads to either further study or employment after graduation.
By developing academic skills and employment-related competencies, the CP provides the basis for:
Service Learning is based on the principles of service learning, which emphasize developing local knowledge, civic responsibility, social aptitude and personal growth.
Personal and Professional Skills
This course introduces students to life skills that help make sense of the world. The course emphasizes critical and ethical thinking, intercultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively.
Language development ensures that all CP students are exposed to a language, other than their mother tongue, that will increase their understanding of the wider world. Students are encouraged to study a language that suits their needs and background.
The reflective project asks students to identify, analyze, critically discuss and evaluate an ethical issue arising from their career-related studies. The project can be done in different formats, including an essay, a web page or a short film. This work encourages students to ask questions, take action and reflect as they develop strong research and communication skills.
What career-related courses are available to my child at his/her IB World School?
Each school determines the appropriate career-related study course(s) to offer; however, the nature of the course(s) is examined carefully by the IB during the authorization process.
What kind of student is a good candidate for the CP?
The CP is an excellent choice for students who seek academic rigour, have already determined their area of career specialization, and want hands-on learning and experience in their chosen field. The programme provides students with an impressive portfolio of accomplishments for university study and employment.
What’s the difference between the CP and the DP?
The DP consists of six academic courses plus a different core from the CP. The DP core components are creativity, activity, service (CAS), a theory of knowledge course (TOK) and an extended essay. Moreover, the DP does not include a career-related course of study.
How do IB programmes support college and career readiness?
College and career readiness refers not only to content knowledge but skills and habits that students must have to succeed in postsecondary education or training that leads directly to the workforce. In addition to providing academic rigour, IB programmes develop skills such as time management and critical thinking that have been identified as necessary to successfully navigate, persist in and complete university.
Does implementing an IB programme mean my child’s school will not teach local or national standards such as the Common Core?
The IB is committed to making sure that students in IB programmes meet and exceed local or national standards. With the implementation of any IB programme, schools are required to examine their curriculum carefully to ensure that there is alignment with local, state or national standards. More information on the IB and the Common Core is available at www.ibo.org.
Do CP teachers receive special training?
All CP teachers receive professional development in the IB’s approaches to teaching and approaches to learning from certified IB workshop leaders. This is a requirement for IB World Schools implementing the CP.
How can I learn more about the IB and CP?