TGS Deputy Head Teacher takes up national role

Mrs Pauline Bullen, Deputy Head Teacher at Tonbridge Grammar School since 2003, has accepted the additional role of Chairman of IBSCA, the UK International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association, extending to a wider audience the remit she has undertaken at TGS introducing and embedding the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma into the school’s Sixth Form.

Mrs Bullen is a committed teacher of French and Spanish at the school as well as Deputy Head Teacher. She has extensive experience of leading and managing the development of an exclusively IB curriculum for girls aged 11 through to TGS’s sizeable co-educational Sixth Form.

In the School’s tenth anniversary year as an IB World School, Mrs Bullen’s new role will involve her in:

  • collaborating directly with the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) on important areas such as assessment and reviewing curriculum content.
  • representing leaders of UK schools and colleges in gaining wider recognition of the IB at government level – recent activity from IBSCA and IBO has resulted in recognition by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for the IB as a ‘large programme’ equivalent to 5+ A’ Levels, attracting increased funding as a result. 
  • sharing TGS’s experience with other UK schools as they introduce and embed IB programmes, supporting the accessibility of training for teachers to deliver the IB curriculum. 

Finally, IBSCA represents the interests of all UK IB schools and colleges, forging relationships that that will develop the UK as an established deliverer of the IB and promoting wider understanding of how the Diploma is viewed across the UK and within a worldwide context. Mrs Bullen’s new role will place Tonbridge Grammar School at the heart of this work.