The May 2017 Subject Report is now available

Most understandably, there was a small delay in the release of the subject report.  With all new assessments, there was much to report on and the examiners responsibly clearly wanted to provide clarity on the expectations of the assessments, and advice for future candidates.  A lot of work goes into these reports, and in IB history, with nearly 50,000 students writing 10 different exams and completing an internal assessment, there are a lot of variables to consider. (Please note that as of ...

Not sucking at the Independent Study

How independent studies are marked (by me). In today's post I've set out rather a lengthy document. This attempts to explain just how independent studies will be assessed using the current IB film criteria (at least by me and most of my team/s).  As examiners our role is to gauge as accurately as we possibly can, just how well your students' work performs against these descriptors. I've based my document and  the podcast on my reflections from marking and moderating the marks for more than 170 ...

RESPONDING TO EVENTS

  There are some disturbing images starting to appear in my art room, as some of the IBDP students look at the world and decide to express their opinions - to police brutality in Latin America, sex traffic in Cambodia, the oppression of woman in Afghanistan, political repression in Burma and the legacy of apartheid in South Africa. In many cases the students are from the part of the world that has inspired their art. Many things inspire art, but contemporary events often inspire great ...