A7.1 Services included within the annual fee

A7.1.1 Public website

The IB public website at http://www.ibo.org provides detailed information about the IB and its three programmes and is of interest to IB World Schools, candidates, parents, educational authorities and others interested in the IB and its work. Features on the website include:

  • search facility across all public IB websites
  • customized home pages containing information and links for coordinators, educators, candidates, parents, journalists and our other main stakeholder groups
  • an online store where publications, merchandise and gift items can be purchased
  • a “Find an IB World School” function, to enable quick and easy searching for IB World Schools
  • a workshops and conferences calendar, showing details of professional development workshops and other events around the world
  • a schools’ jobs service advertising available teaching posts worldwide
  • a network of blogs on various topics such as IB access projects, Alumni matters and scholarship opportunities
  • an online TV channel called IBtv
  • regional sections maintained by the three IB regional offices.

A7.1.2 IB store and publications

The IB publishes a variety of resources for schools, teachers and students to complement the IB programmes, mission and values. These resources are available to buy online at the IB store http://store.ibo.org.

The IB store offers:

  • communication documents—a range of literature designed to provide information about and promote the IB programmes offered by schools
  • programme publications—core materials to support the teaching of IB programmes
  • supplementary publications—additional resources developed and published by the IB to support candidates, teachers and administrators of the IB programmes
  • gift items—a range of clothing, stationery, lapel pins and presentation gifts, including an environmentally friendly range of products, for all IB stakeholders
  • reference materials—a variety of publications by IB-affiliated authors
  • partner publications—developed in collaboration with external partners, for example, Oxford University Press
  • a quarterly IB Store e-newsletter to keep up-to-date about new publications and developments
  • an opportunity to sign up to receive an email alert when a specific publication becomes available, see the "New publication alert" page
  • the IB store news blog (http://blogs.ibo.org/ibstore/)—a place to read news, reviews, find information about authors, complete surveys to aid new publication development, post comments and more.

With so many products and publications on the market to support the IB programmes, it can be difficult to distinguish those that are approved or endorsed by the IB itself. To help you make an informed choice, please take note of the following categories.

IB materials

Only materials produced by the IB itself should carry the IB logo or say “International Baccalaureate”, both of which are registered trademarks. The IB will not give permission for its name or logo to appear on any product other than those produced by the IB. A publisher or a supplier has to be working in cooperation with the IB to be permitted to use an IB trademark.

Examples of IB materials are:

  • IB publications available from the online curriculum centre (OCC) or the IB store
  • IB merchandise available from the IB store.

IB materials produced under licence

The IB produces some materials in cooperation with other publishers or suppliers. The IB endorses such products and has been involved in their development. An example of an IB-endorsed publication carrying the IB “In cooperation with” logo is:

  • IB Diploma Programme Course Companions published by Oxford University Press.

Other products for IB programmes

Several publishers and suppliers independently produce materials for IB programmes. While it is reasonable for them to show that their product is intended for the IB market, it should not feature any IB logo or trademark. Ideally, such products should say that they are intended “for use with” the relevant IB programme.

Also accessible through the IB store are:

  • a schools’ jobs service where schools may advertise their vacant positions to a global audience
  • a subscription service for IB World magazine
  • professional development books and e-books.

Diploma Programme materials

The IB store offers a variety of Diploma Programme materials including the following.

  • Diploma Programme curriculum materials—subject guides, teacher support materials and starter packs featuring all the essential documents for schools.
  • IB Questionbank—a series of CD-ROMs specifically targeted at IB Diploma Programme teachers and coordinators, allowing users to create customized tests and markschemes, build candidate records and monitor candidate progress over time.
  • IB Diploma Programme Course Companions—a series of books designed to support candidates with advice and guidance on the syllabus and assessment requirements. Each course companion focuses strongly on the IB learner profile and international-mindedness, and the IB theory of knowledge requirement is addressed throughout.
  • IB Prepared: Approach your exams the IB way—a dynamic series of resources that helps students and teachers prepare for various key elements of the IB Diploma Programme.
  • Examination and markscheme packs—network-ready CD-ROMs featuring examination papers and markschemes for all six Diploma Programme subject groups.
  • Core requirements posters—a set of posters highlighting the key features of each core requirement.

For information about copyright restrictions on all formats of these materials, please refer to the document entitled Rules and policy for use of IB intellectual property (available from http://www.ibo.org/copyright).

Contacting the IB store

If you require further information on any of the services outlined here, or would simply like to make a suggestion about future products, please contact the sales and marketing department.

Email: On the IBIS link Contact us choose Sales orders and inquiries

A7.1.3 Online curriculum centre

The IB online curriculum centre (OCC) at http://occ.ibo.org is an interactive password-protected website designed to support teachers of the three IB programmes. All teachers in schools that offer the Diploma Programme should have access to this site provided for them by the coordinator. Coordinators at schools authorized to offer the Diploma Programme can create and manage their teachers' usernames and passwords via IBIS. The OCC provides teachers with opportunities to:

  • work collaboratively by sharing details of resources and teaching ideas
  • view selected IB publications
  • discuss issues with other teachers around the world
  • read the latest news and information from the IB
  • keep up-to-date with curriculum developments and respond individually to questionnaires.

For queries relating to the OCC, contact IB Answers.

A7.1.4 University recognition

Universities around the world welcome the unique characteristics of the IB Diploma Programme and recognize the way in which the programme helps to prepare students for university-level education. IB students routinely gain admission to some of the best-known universities in the world. Most of these institutions have established recognition policies for the IB diploma.

The IB maintains information about university recognition on its public website at http://www.ibo.org/recognition/.

A7.1.5 Unannounced inspections of examination arrangements

The IB reserves the right to inspect a school’s examination arrangements at any time during the session. The appropriate regional director, or his/her nominee, will arrange for representatives to visit a selection of schools in the region during the written examinations to inspect each school’s examination arrangements. Heads of schools, coordinators, teachers and other school representatives are expected to cooperate fully with an inspector by allowing access to any location where Diploma Programme examination papers, stationery or other confidential documents are securely stored.

The IB reserves the right, if it is not satisfied that an examination has been conducted in accordance with the regulations, and according to the seriousness of the violation, to declare the examination(s) null and void, to disqualify any or all of the candidates involved, and to cancel the participation of the institution.