The International Baccalaureate (IB) is an internationally recognised curriculum framework for primary, middle and senior school students.

The IB’s educational approach closely aligns with Wesley’s educational approach. Both approaches encourage personal and academic achievement and focus on developing the whole child.

Wesley is one of 5,000 schools in more than 150 countries that offer the IB. It is the framework the College uses through which to deliver the Australian curriculum. Wesley was the first accredited IB World School to offer the IB continuum from ECLC through Year 12.

The IB difference

The IB develops inquiring, knowledgeable and caring people who are motivated to succeed and help create a better world through intercultural understanding and respect.

The program has a clear focus on international-mindedness, learning how to learn and concept-based learning.

  • International-mindedness
    Students analyse topics from a world perspective, developing their sense of global responsibility, understanding of diversity and ability to apply their knowledge to benefit the broader community.
  • Learning how to learn
    The IB promotes independent study and develops students as lifelong learners. Students learn critical-thinking, problem-solving and research skills, enabling them to challenge assumptions and approach new topics with open and inquiring minds.
  • Concept-based learning
    Students explore curriculum content through themes such as identity, relationships and how the world works. Learning in relation to broader concepts encourages students to make deeper connections to content, understanding how subjects relate to each other and the world beyond the classroom.
IB learner profile

The learner profile is at the heart of all IB programs and represents its values in action. Whatever their age or stage, every IB student strives to develop 10 key attributes. Together these attributes demonstrate an individual’s commitment to lifelong learning and to respecting themselves, their community and the world.

IB learners strive to be:

  1. Inquirers
    They nurture their curiosity and develop investigation and research skills. They approach education and new experiences with enthusiasm, and maintain a lifelong love of learning.
  2. Knowledgeable
    They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have both local and global significance, gaining a deep understanding across a broad range of subject areas.
  3. Thinkers
    They think critically and creatively to address complex problems. They apply logic, thoughtfulness and initiative to make reasoned, ethical decisions.
  4. Communicators
    They grasp and convey information and ideas with confidence and creativity through multiple languages and modes. They collaborate with others enthusiastically and effectively.
  5. Principled
    They act with honesty and integrity and possess a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for others. They take responsibility for their actions and face any consequences.
  6. Open-minded
    They are interested in and open to perspectives, values, customs, histories and traditions of other people and communities. They seek and assess other viewpoints and are willing to grow from the experience.
  7. Caring
    They are empathetic, compassionate and respectful of others. They demonstrate a commitment to service and to making a positive difference in the world.
  8. Risk-takers
    They face uncertainty and new experiences with forethought and determination. They explore innovative ideas and strategies independently or collaboratively. They are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  9. Balanced
    They understand the importance of balancing intellectual, physical and emotional elements in order to achieve wellbeing. They appreciate their interrelationship with other people and with the world.
  10. Reflective
    They reflect on their own learning, ideas and experiences. They are able to assess and recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and use this self-awareness to inform their ongoing learning and personal development.
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