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Timeline for 2016-2017


EXTENDED ESSAY TIMELINE - Class of May 2018 (2016-17)



Who is Responsible?

Nov. 30th (Wed)

Intro meeting Grade 11: What is the EE ? (Cafeteria )

Overview of EE from 2018.

The new EE guide! You need to read this carefully

Online guide - easier to navigate

Ms. Wilson

Dec. 7th (Wed)

Subject presentations – Team Leaders  (Loft)

Team Leaders / Ms. Wilson

Jan 23rd (Mon)

Meeting ‘Generating Effective Titles’  (Cafeteria)

Ms. Wilson

Feb. 6th (Mon)

EE (first and second choice) proposals to EW by 4 pm -


Feb 27th (Mon)

Subject topics/titles signed off by HODs – returned to EW   

Students/Supervisors allocated.

Students to schedule regular meetings with supervisors.

Students should meet supervisors -

Twice before first formal reflection session

Meeting 1- Initial ideas & Meeting 2 - Resource gathering and research question - to be done by March 31- see this guide for check in sessions 1& 2

Ms. Wilson

Students & Supervisors

March 8th (Wed)

Meeting supervisors

March 9th (Thurs)

Planning your initial research / Evaluating Sources

( Cafeteria) Initial meetings with supervisors.

See also the IB online centre ‘Initial guidance on research & writing process’ and  support information  ‘The research and writing process’

Students need to keep ‘Process journal’ so use the Journal on Managebac. This is a reflection space, or RRS  as the IB call it. Supervisors will check this each time you meet.

Ms. Wilson/Ms Vance

March 30th (Thurs)

Referencing, bibliographies and academic honesty


Ms. Vance / Mr. Redlich

April 7th ( Fri)

First formal reflection regarding progress done on Managebac - click on ‘Planning and Progress’ form bottom right side of page. Students will complete reflection after initial meetings with supervisor. See this guide on First formal reflection session, more detailed information on reflection, also watch Video on initial & interim reflections and info on the new reflection sheet.

Students & Supervisors

April 13th (Thurs)

Organizing and managing the essay ( Cafeteria )

Ms. Wilson

May 19th (Fri)

Resources collected/experiments conducted, titles refined

Detailed (annotated) Bibliography submitted to Supervisors

( internal exams during this period )


June 12th (Mon)

Detailed plan complete (identifying research over summer break) Interim reflection regarding progress on Managebac.

See this guide for Interim reflection session

*EW to produce ‘ New Guide to writing up the EE’ for seminar week, to help students plan draft - share with them.

Students & Supervisors

End of Grade 11

Report from supervisors on the end of year report card


Summer - Students work on writing / outlining their EE

August 28th (Mon)

Students complete 5 minute presentation on their EE to an audience

Students / Ms. Wilson

Sept. 11th (Mon)

Citations and Referencing review

Ms. Vance /

Ms. Wilson

Sept. 15th (Fri)

First draft complete. Submitted to Ms Wilson by 2pm


Sept. 18th (Mon)

Sit down feedback sessions on draft to commence -

Progress reports home from Supervisors by Oct 3rd

Supervisors / Students

Oct 18th (Wed)

EEs are due by 4:00pm (electronic copy) (no extensions)


Nov. 3rd (Fri)

Final Copy (following final meeting with supervisor) due


Nov. 6th (Mon)

Viva Voce interviews commence after the break – during these three weeks from Mon Nov 7th to Fri Dec 9th

Students do third and Final reflection on Managebac after the Viva Voce. Students will then export their EE Planning and progress form to the new 2018 EE/RPPF. This should have all 3 reflections on.  Video on Viva Voce reflection.

See this guide for Final / Viva Voce reflection

All 3 formal reflections should now be completed and saved on their reflection sheets EE/RPPF.

Students / Supervisors

Dec. 8th (Fri)

EEs marked & Viva Voces completed and copies handed to EW. Digital cover sheet comments completed. Reflection sheets completed,initialled,dated.
Report comments submitted.



What is the Extended Essay

The following information is taken from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme website

Extended essay

The extended essay of some 4,000 words offers the opportunity for IB students to investigate a topic of special interest, usually one of the student's six DP subjects, and acquaints them with the independent research and writing skills expected at university.

It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity - resulting in approximately 40 hours of work. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research on a topic of their choice, under the guidance of a supervisor. This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing of no more that 4,000 words, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject.

It is recommended that students follow the completion of the written essay with a short, concluding interview - viva voce - with the supervisor. In countries where normally interviews are required prior to acceptance for employment or for a place at university, the extended essay had proved to be a valuable stimulus for discussion.


Source: International Baccalaureate Organization, 2011. Diploma Programme curriculum—core requirements. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 16 February 2011].


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