The International Baccalaureate programme has been successful in England's private schools, but it has done less well in the country's public schools, where some students struggled with the breadth of the qualification, Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham, in the U.K., writes in this commentary. "The I.B. has proved to be an excellent qualification for good all-rounders, but for those with particular abilities, interests and aspirations single-subject qualifications are often more appropriate," he writes.

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