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Educational Leadership in the International Baccalaureate: critical reflections on modern elite formation and social differentiation
This presentation was given on Tuesday 16th May, based on Deborah Outhwaite's newly completed Doctor of Education thesis of the same title. The talk discussed the theoretical and professional insights gained from having researched the decline of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) with 28 senior leaders across both state and independent schools in England. The IBDP was viewed, in the mid-2000s, as a potential programme of study to replace A-Levels as the new 'Platinum Standard' in English schools, (Oakes and Seldon, 2011). Following, the withdrawal of additional post-16 funding for the IBDP in the state sector in 2007 the dramatic rise of the qualification has turned into a steady decline, (Bunnell, 2016) whereas it has continued to grow in the independent schooling sector (Outhwaite, 2017). This talk raised questions around the equity of this polarised learning context for brighter students in the state sector, and was followed by an interesting and animated discussion, that touched on the nature of international education; the global learning context; gifted and talented education; and social formation.