Here are some tips that might help you decide:

• Is your child is an all-rounder?

If they enjoy a range of subjects — English, Maths, Science, Languages and Art — then they’ll probably thrive in the IB Diploma programme.

• Does your child demonstrate clear preference and aptitude for certain subjects?

If so, say Math and Science, then focusing of those subjects in A Levels may suit them.

• Does your child struggle with organisation and time management?

If so, the high levels of organisation and time management required for success in the IB Diploma (given the breadth of the programme) may be a real challenge. Of course, a good school will support your child in building these skills.

• Does your child enjoy independent research and extended writing? If not, they may find the heavy written demands of the IB Diploma a challenge.