Interview with Pete and Morag Makey

What made you decide to set up “IB Pathways”?

PM: Observing the difficulties that students, their schools and their families were experiencing in preparing for and working through the IB Diploma Programme, as well as reflecting on our successful practice, we realised that we had an important service to provide. We are both passionate about the IB and celebrate its ability to open important doors to universities all over the world but we also recognise that it is probably the most demanding programme of its kind and that the support and guidance we provide is the key to students fulfilling their maximum potential.

What is unique about your service?

MM: We can build very close and effective short and long term relationships with our clients. We can tailor our support to very specific individual needs. Our experience in a range of contexts across Europe, Africa and the Middle East means we understand the diverse needs, experiences and goals of everybody we work with.

What are your strengths?

PM: Our relationship with students. We have very high expectations of ourselves and our students and these are based on mutual respect and empathy.  


Our relationship with parents. We do not operate a “one size fits all” service but rather always ensure that we fully understand the individual wishes of families as well as their particular needs.


Our understanding of the effective leadership and management of IB programmes. We have both supported the establishment and development of IB programmes in various schools but also have other extensive leadership experience including positions of school principal, government inspector of education and international project manager.


Our knowledge and skills. We are both very experienced practitioners with over twenty years combined IB experience as both coordinators of the programme and as IB subject teachers. We have both been instrumental in student achievement significantly above the world average.

What do you believe are the key advantages of a student opting for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme?

MM: The IBDP provides a globally recognised and highly respected qualification that puts an IB student in a very advantageous position with regard to entry into the best universities around the world. It is much more than a excellent academic programme: the IBDP is based on a philosophy of developing students who are creative and critical thinkers; independent, organised and resilient learners; and tolerant, principled and caring global citizens.

What are the greatest challenges to students and families who are entering the IBDP?

PM: Making the right choices, managing the workload and ensuring they reach their full potential. We have an important role in making sure students and parents choose the right school and choose the right subjects for the right career in the right international location.  Once this has been completed, we can personally guide each student through the complicated and demanding two-year IB Diploma Programme to ensure their individual success and finally to access the right university to fulfill their dreams.


Listen to IB Pathways founder Pete Makey on Radio Kanal Barcelona talking to Catriona Groves on the English-language show ‘Carrie On Talking‘. Pete talks about the origins of the International Baccalaureate, its core values, which schools offer the IB in Barcelona and why he is such a strong believer in the programme.


Listen to IB Pathways founder Morag Makey on Radio Kanal Barcelona on ‘Movers and Shakers‘, talking about the International Baccalaureate Mission Statement, the Learner Profile, the Approaches to Learning and how these link with student wellbeing.