In a recent article, Julie Booth explored the challenges of offering the International Baccalaureate (IB), explaining the crucial role technology plays in managing the qualification.
World-wide interest in the IB is growing steadily and, although still gathering pace in the UK, more schools are starting to offer the globally-recognised qualification alongside or even instead of GCSEs and A Levels.
A main attraction of the IB is its course flexibility, providing pupils with more scope to study subjects of interest. But this increased complexity means schools must adapt to to deliver the world-class education expected of them, a challenge that requires the best use of technology.
In choosing the IB route, access to a powerful management information system (MIS) is key. An advanced MIS takes existing student data, automating complex administrative tasks, such as the creation of individual timetables. Simplifying the processes saves time, meaning schools can make best use of resources, ensuring pupils maximise potential.
Pupils studying for the IB need to perform well in all course areas, so assessment analysis is crucial. By storing assessment results via an MIS, teachers can access a broad range of data meaning that analysis of student performance and identification of any support needs can be made quickly and easily.
Although increasingly seen as a way to attract high-calibre pupils, Julie Booth highlights the importance of tracking the success of introducing the qualification. Using an MIS to record detailed information, schools can measure the impact of introducing the IB and determine whether it has increased their chances of becoming parents’ first choice school.
Schools must ensure that their pupils are well prepared to compete in the increasingly global employment market and the ability to track the impact of introducing the IB qualification on both attainment and pupil numbers will be critical to achieving this .