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Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS)

John Cannings, Maria Inés Plaggio, Peter Muir, Tom Brodie

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is one of the three core components of the IB Diploma, and focuses on using experience to develop personal and interpersonal learning.

This first edition of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is written by a team of experienced CAS Coordinators from three IB regions spanning across the globe and is an essential guide for students, tailored to meet the requirements for first teaching in September 2015.

Offering advice and guidance on how to select a suitable CAS activity and how to approach tasks, Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) aims to be first and foremost an accessible and practical resource for students. The sections covered inside this coursebook range from planning and time management through to considering the features of making a successful and positve CAS experience.

Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) is not just for students though, it is also a helpful resource for CAS Coordinators and those involved in planning student CAS projects in schools.


  • Activity boxes to help with CAS planning and reflection in CAS
  • Links to the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay to help explain the common goals of these core courses.
  • Including a wealth of practical advice on creating a budget, seeking sponsorship as well as promoting and marketing your project.

1: The nature of CAS; 2: The CAS stages framework; 3: Reflection; 4: Service Learning and CAS; 5: CAS, TOK and the extended essay; 6: CAS projects; 7: Student responsibilities and the CAS portfolio; 8: Celebrating CAS; 9: CAS and the approaches to learning; 10: CAS and the IB learner profile.

John Cannings is a Consultant, Workshop leader and teacher. John has taught in the IB Diploma programme for the last 20 years in addition to fulfilling roles as a coordinator of each part of the core (TOK, CAS and the Extended Essay). He is an examiner and was a team member for the 2008 and 2015 CAS guide.

María Inés Piaggio is a bilingual Uruguayan who has taught in secondary schools for over 35 years and worked for a number of institutions in Uruguay, where she has been responsible for their Ethical education and Community service programmes. She is currently teaching at Queen’s School Montevideo when not leading CAS workshops throughout South America, Europe and the Middle East. 

Peter Muir is a CAS Coordinator at Discovery College (Hong Kong). Peter has been involved in CAS in international schools in Asia for a decade.  He is a CAS and MYP Physical & Health Education workshop leader and was a team member for the writing of the 2015 CAS guide.  Peter was commissioned to develop the workshop planner to be used in CAS workshops from 2015.

Tom Brodie has been working in international education since 2001. During that time he has worked in curriculum design in addition to being a CAS coordinator and teacher of Maths and Economics and is now an Academic Director in the Czech Republic. He was awarded the Jeff Thompson research award in 2010 for his study “The Perception and Practise of CAS in IBDP by schools, students and teachers”. His active CAS projects include building a school in Nepal, Outdoor Adventure Pursuits in Europe and a Iodinised Salt Project to reduce birth defects in Asia.

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