Alongside the certification process, centres should issue a transcript that captures the content of each learner’s Baccalaureate programme. Ideally this will be created and stored digitally. We will ask for information about your plans for doing this. In order to gain NBT accreditation, each centre should submit an outline of the structure and content of each of the three Baccalaureate elements. We will use a desk-top evaluation process supported by peer review where necessary and helpful to determine whether the programme meets our criteria. Centres will need to show that their Baccalaureate Programmes match our six core principles and fulfil our core content criteria:
The programme should be available to students across the spectrum of attainment in the centre. It should not be an elite programme or restricted to students in any attainment category. Numbers may be limited by capacity in a piloting phase but they should still span the attainment range.
The programme should be aspirational - aiming to engage students in activities and learning that raises their expectations of themselves.
The elements of the programme should offer appropriate challenge for all learners. The criteria must be met in order to complete the Baccalaureate and this should represent a significant achievement.
The elements of the personal development programme should encompass a wide range of activities to broaden students’ learning experience overall.
The balance of core learning and personal development should be such that specialist areas of learning are complemented by activities in other areas.
The whole Baccalaureate should be presented as one holistic award for students rather than an add-on. The core learning is part of the Baccalaureate; all three elements must make up the Bacc award.
The National Baccalaureate Trust recognises that the policy-making process will take years to agree and enact in the full detail we’d like to see. So, in parallel with the policy lobbying, the NBT has decided to reinvigorate the centre-devised model, offering the opportunity to any school, primary or secondary and any college to offer its own accredited Bacc programme from September 2023.