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Extended Essay (IB): Home

To guide IB students through the Extended Essay process. New format for September 2020.


IB Diploma Programme model


You are on the exciting adventure that is the IB Extended Essay.

This guide is your roadmap and guidebook.

It is not intended to be read all in one go, but to be unfolded gradually as you travel. The Contents list below will help you to decide where you should be in your journey.


Page(s) WHEN do I need this? WHY do I need this?
Home Throughout To access important information such as the EE Timetable, to find out who can help you and to navigate the guide
EE Blog Throughout Subscribe right at the start of the process to receive important updates by email throughout the EE process
The Inquiry Process Right at the start To understand the inquiry process better - you might also want to refer to this page throughout the EE. All the colours used in this guide are based on the FOSIL Cycle, and this tab will explain how they can help you to locate yourself in the inquiry process
Choosing a subject and topic November-January To choose a subject and topic that fit with the EE guidelines
Developing a line of inquiry January-March To turn your idea for a topic into a Research Question
Finding and selecting sources December-June To find and use information from a wide variety of suitable sources for your essay. This page includes advice about collecting your own data
Working with ideas February-June To work with all the ideas you have found to generate your own original ideas
Expressing your ideas June-September To turn those ideas into an essay that meets all the IB guidelines on academic honesty, citing and referencing and presentation
Reflecting Throughout To set up your Researcher's Reflection Space and use it to support you throughout the EE process - and to fill in the three compulsory Reflections for the Reflection on Planning and Progress Form
Seminars and workshops Throughout To access materials from the three EE Seminars and two IT Workshops that support you at key stages in the process
Supervisor resources This page is for supervisors...obviously!
Who can help? Throughout To find out who to ask for help when you need it

EE Timeline

This timeline summarises all the deadlines that everyone is expected to meet, and events designed to support the whole cohort. You will also need to set yourself personal deadlines for completing particular elements of your inquiry, and arrange support and reflection meetings with your supervisor - it would be a good idea to save a copy of this document and add to it to create your own personal timeline.

Changes to the EE Timetable:

  • The Writing Days, starting with EE Seminar 3 and IT Workshop 2, have moved to June 14th and 15th
  • Deadline for uploading the draft to ManageBac is 9am on June 21st
  • Ideally you will have met with your supervisor and completed your second ('interim') reflection on ManageBac by July 2nd, but if not possible then this should be done as early in the summer holiday as practical.

EE guide

EE Handbook

This is a PDF version of the Handbook you were given at EE Seminar 1. PLEASE DO NOT PRINT IT ALL OUT. If you need a replacement paper copy, please contact Mrs Toerien (JAT).

If you could not attend Seminar 1 and do not yet have a paper copy, you will be given one on your return to school.

Normal term-time Library opening hours:
Mon-Fri: 08:30-21:15
Sat: 08:00-16:00
Sun: 14:00-18:00