• Professional Development in Oxford
    Professional Development in Oxford
    • In cooperation with the IB since 2002.
    • Small, informal groups
    • IB approved leaders
    • Course fee : £824
    • Social programme
    • All lunches and dinners included
  • IB approved leaders
    IB approved leaders
    All our workshop leaders are trained and approved by the IB. Some of the leaders we use are also employed by St Clare's as regular IB Diploma teachers whereas others are drawn from the IB Educator Network. All leaders are highly experienced IB Diploma practitioners.
  • IB certification
    IB certification
    We provide an official certificate of attendance for all participants who sucessfully complete the course. This not only enhances your own CV but also provides evidence of continuing professional development - a requirement for IB World school five year evaluation.
  •   Small groups

    Our workshops are small and informal. Our preferred group size is 12 with an absolute maximum of 15 participants, and we usually run no more than four subjects at any one time.

    This ensures that participants can easily share ideas within their workshop groups as well as enjoying the small scale, informal social events.

  •   Great food

    With the expert college catering team serving our needs - high quality refreshment and meal breaks are integral to our workshop events and are greatly appreciated by all our participants.

    All refreshments, lunches and evening meals are included in the workshop fee of £824.

  •   The International College

    Just a short walk away from the IB college, the International College at Bardwell road provides the perfect venue for our teacher workshops.

    The venue is approximately a three minute walk from the Linton Lodge hotel - where the vast majority of our participants stay.

  •   IBDP - specific resources

    St.Clare's Oxford is England's longest established IB World school.

    The IB teacher workshops thus enjoy access to a number of our IB Diploma focused resources including the library, science laboratories and Visual Arts studio.

  •    Walking tour of Oxford

    All participants are offered a guided walking tour of the fascinating historic Oxford City Centre.

    This lasts about two hours and usually takes place in the late afternoon after workshop sessions on the first day.

  •     Small groups
  •     Great food
  •     The International College
  •     IBDP - specific resources
  •         Walking tour of Oxford

An overview of the DP Coordination workshop

Session 1. Introduction, Presentations, the Programme.

  • Introductions.
  • Presentations from the group.
  • Expectations
  • Who is the programme for and how does it fit in the school.
  • Standards and Practices
  • The Learner Profile

Session 2. International Mindedness.

  • Group exercise on the role of international-mindedness

Session 3. The Role of the DP Coordinator, Planning the Programme, Selection of Students, Marketing, Application Procedures, and Tailoring a Programme.

  • Introduction of the different roles in different schools– what an ordinary day is like.
  • Discussion of different job descriptions.
  • Which subjects to teach – specialisation e.g. engineering, medicine.
  • Timetabling restrictions.
  • Knowledge of the general rules and regulations.
  • Application procedures.
  • Marketing
  • Tailoring a programme.
  • Diploma versus course.

Session 4. The Two-Year Cycle. IBIS/MyIB. Languages in the DP.
  • Presentation of different calendars.
  • Language A school supported self-taught.
  • Languages A,B,ab initio, HL/SL. Which to take?
  • IBIS.
  • Predicted Grades.
  • Forms.
  • The power of MyIB.

Session 5. The Examinations and Special Needs.

  • Preparation leading up to the examination session.
  • Timetabling.
  • Rules and regulations.
  • Invigilators.
  • Six-month retake versus one-year retake.
  • A guide through the special needs booklet.
  • Adverse circumstances that may arise during an examination session.

Session 6. Planning Internal Assessment.

  • IA in different subjects.
  • The timing of Internal Assessment.
  • Predicted Grades
  • Academic Honesty

Session 7. ToK and Approaches to Teaching and Learning.

  • What is ToK and why do we teach ToK?
  • How to structure and set up a ToK course.
  • Course and diploma candidates. Should all take it?
  • Teaching techniques and materials.
  • ToK across the curriculum.
  • Approaches to Learning

Session 8. Extended Essay and CAS

Organising the Extended Essay – introduction, the role of the school librarian, deadlines.

Regulations and criteria.

The role of the supervisor.

The role of the DP Coordinator in the Extended Essay.

Practical examples.

  • Overview of CAS
  • The role of the DP Coordinator in CAS
  • Creating a CAS programme.

Session 9. University Recognition, Authorisation and Verification, 5-year Evaluation and Conclusions

  • University recognition.
  • Authorisation and verification
  • 5-year evaluation
  • Conclusions
What to expect from the DP coordination workshop


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Tuesday, 25 February 2020