30 APRIL 2020

TOK-bite video 1: what’s new in the IB syllabus and the support available

TOK-bite video 1: what’s new in the IB syllabus and the support available

The Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma programme for examination from 2022 is changing. We understand that in addition to reviewing syllabus material directly from IB, you will also be looking for extra support from people like us.

In order to develop our new course guide, skills book and teacher’s resource to support the syllabus changes, we have undertaken global teacher research to understand the needs of TOK teachers and students. Along with developing our brand new Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma resources, we are also delighted to welcome you to our new video series ‘TOK-bites’. This series of five short videos deconstructs the syllabus changes, with guidance, hints and tips along the way from our authors.

In this first TOK-bite video, Wendy Heydorn and Susan Jesudason explain what the main changes to the syllabus below mean for you and your students.

- New Core Theme
- Five optional themes and new internal assessment
- Five compulsory Areas of Knowledge with ethics as a compulsory element within each
- New focus on discussing and exploring knowledge questions
- New Knowledge Framework and removal of old terminology


Look out for TOK-bite 2 that focuses on teaching the new Core Theme ‘Knowledge and the Knower’ – coming next month!

About the authors

Wendy Heydorn:

Wendy is the Director of Higher Education and TOK teacher at Sevenoaks School in the UK. She graduated from the University of Cambridge and King’s College London. She is committed to offering students the best possible preparation for university, the workplace and beyond. Wendy authored the previous edition of Decoding Theory of Knowledge and has been an IB examiner.


Susan Jesudason:

Susan has taught TOK and Philosophy since 2005. She taught in Sri Lanka and was then part of the founding staff of the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, India. As the IB Diploma Coordinator at UWC Dilijan in Armenia, she set up the TOK programme and took the school through DP accreditation.

Tomas Duckling:

Tomas is the Director of Learning at Aiglon College, Switzerland. He has been a passionate TOK teacher for seven years and believes that nothing in education can
change a student’s viewpoint and perspective as quickly as a good TOK lesson. Tomas was involved in shaping the new TOK syllabus.

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