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Our blog has moved… head over to SchoolSearch.co.uk February 25, 2016

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We’ve now relocated our blog to our School Search, International School Search and Special Needs Guide websites.

We’ll be featuring all news and releases relating to independent schools and independent education – as well as editorial from our guidebooks – on www.SchoolSearch.co.uk.

Everything to do with international schools and international education can be found at www.InternationalSchoolSearch.com.

Latest news and articles on special needs schools and SEN will be posted at www.SpecialNeedsGuide.co.uk.

You can also follow the latest news from John Catt on our Twitter feed, @JohnCattEd.

Doug Lemov profiled in Schools Week October 16, 2015

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We were pleased to see Doug Lemov with a nice long profile in this week’s edition of the excellent Schools Week publication.

Edition 43 of Schools Week can be read here: https://app.doxiq.com/d/93J1W/Schools-Week-edition-43

Doug, Managing Director of Uncommon Schools and author of Teach Like a Champion, was one of the contributors to our recent book Changing Schools.

Changing Schools is a collection of essays by teachers, researchers and administrators who have been on the front line of the revolutionary changes taking place in state education over the last five years. Their chapters cover topics such as assessment, academy chains, use of educational research, free schools and social media, and will be required reading for anyone wanting to understand England’s rapidly changing educational landscape.

Other contributors include: Andrew Old, prominent teacher blogger; Tom Bennett, founder of ResearchEd; Jonathan Simons, head of education at the think tank Policy Exchange; Katharine Birbalsingh, Head of Michaela Community School; James O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Floreat Education and former Policy Director for David Cameron; Daisy Cristodoulou, head of research at ARK Schools;

 

New Hour-Long Shakespeare released October 16, 2015

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Hour-long Shakespeare Vol 2 COVER HRWe are pleased to announce the publication of a second book in our excellent Hour-Long Shakespeare series.

Abridged specifically for all those interested in Shakespeare’s plays, especially teachers and students of English and drama, these one-hour performance scripts maintain the arcs of Shakespeare’s plots without compromising the integrity of his original language.

What remains are manageable performance texts and the essential elements needed for an introduction to three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

The editor, Matthew Jenkinson, is Director of Studies at New College School in Oxford. He received his doctorate from Merton College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the author of Culture and Politics at the Court of Charles II, 1660-1685, as well as many articles on history, literature and education.

Hour-Long Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar is available now from John Catt Bookshop: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/hour-long-shakespeare-romeo-and-juliet-macbeth-and-julius-caesar

Prep School magazine autumn issue now available September 25, 2015

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The autumn term issue of Prep School magazine is now available.

Prep School is published in partnership with SATIPS (Support and Training in Prep Schools) and highlights the best of the prep and junior school world.

Subscribers and schools will be receiving their copies this week. The issue can be read online at www.prepschoolmag.co.uk.

To subscribe to Prep School magazine, visit our bookshop. You can also find the magazine’s app by searching for ‘Prep School magazine’ in the Play Store, and follow on Twitter at @PrepSchoolMag.

For any editorial enquiries, please contact editor Michele Kitto at editor@prepschoolmag.co.uk. For any advertising enquiries, contact Gerry Cookson at gcookson@johncatt.com or +44 (0) 1394 389853.

 

New issue of Conference & Common Room magazine now available September 25, 2015

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The autumn term issue of Conference & Common Room magazine is now available in print and online.

To subscribe to Conference & Common Room magazine, please visit our bookshop. The new issue can be viewed online at www.candcr.co.uk.

If you would like to submit an article to Conference & Common Room or if you have other enquiries, please contact editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com. For any advertising enquiries, contact Gerry Cookson at gcookson@johncatt.com or +44 (0) 1394 389853.

New issue of International School magazine is available now September 24, 2015

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We’re very pleased to present the new issue of International School magazine.

The autumn term issue is packed with news, features and opinion from schools across the globe. It is currently being distributed to subscribers and to heads of international schools.

To subscribe to International School magazine, please visit our bookshop. The new issue can be viewed online at www.is-mag.com

You can also find the magazine’s app by searching for ‘International School magazine’ in the App Store or on Google Play and follow us on Twitter at @IntSchoolMag.

If you would like to submit an article to International School or if you have other enquiries, please contact our editors Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson at editor@is-mag.com. For any advertising enquiries, contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or +44 (0) 1394 389855.

 

New issue of Academy has focus on financial management September 24, 2015

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The new issue of Academy magazine is now available and being distributed to subscribers and UK academies and free schools.

Academy is published in partnership with FASNA and features the latest news, opinion and insight from the free school sector. The autumn term issue has a focus on financial management.

You can subscribe to the new issue by visiting our bookshop. The new issue can also be read online at www.academymag.co.uk.

You can also search for ‘Academy magazine’ in the Play Store or on Google Play to download the app and follow Academy on Twitter at @AcademyMag.

For any editorial enquiries, please contact editor@academymag.co.uk. For advertising enquiries, contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or 01394 389855.

Primary Computing in Action September 21, 2015

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computing1Another excellent new John Catt Educational book goes to the printers this week.

Primary Computing in Action (http://www.johncattbookshop.com/primary-computing-in-action) has been written by Yasemin Allsop and Ben Sedman for primary teacher trainees, in service primary school teachers and teacher support staff to develop their knowledge and understanding of Primary Computing. The book is also useful for parents and teachers, from any country, to gain an insight into what young children learn, when working with different types of technology, from the Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3.

Our book includes examples of activities to support readers, as they develop your knowledge and skills, by introducing them to different and exciting aspects of technology, for example Web 2 tools, coding, film, animation and podcasting. There is also a separate chapter, which refers to E-safety and digital citizenship. We believe this guidance should be used to support all teaching and support staff in educational settings.

The book contains a chapter for supporting teachers and support staff in the Early Years Foundation Stage and also includes another chapter called ‘Transition’. This has been included to support computing secondary school teachers, with the transition from the primary phase. Within both chapters, there are a wide range of innovative and creative activities, which will help to support all learners.

As Sue Pope, Associate Head of Department, Primary Teacher Education, Manchester Metropolitan University, writes in her foreword:

“The introduction of computing into the National Curriculum for England in 2014 presents opportunities and challenges. For primary schools rethinking how best to incorporate computing into the curriculum this book offers a wealth of tried and tested practical ways to develop children’s computing skills.
Whatever stage you might be in your career – from the beginning teacher to subject leader this book has much to offer you as you consider how best to meet the needs of learners and statutory requirements in computing.

“Drawing on the experience of educators with particular expertise and interest in computing and the use of ICT in education, the book includes advice on planning, teaching and assessment of the 2014 Computing Curriculum. Examples in the book show how to make creative use of freely available web based applications, programmes for PCs and Macs, and Apps to design an innovative and engaging curriculum across the full primary age range.

“Each chapter includes structured suggestions for lessons, illustrating how computing can be embedded across the curriculum. The authors introduce an easy to implement rigorous and manageable approach to assessment that enables teachers to monitor and record learners’ progress in computing.

“This book is an essential resource for anyone who wants to make the most of the opportunities afforded by the entry of computing into the National Curriculum and is looking for support to meet the challenges this represents.”

Primary Computing in Action is published in October 2015. Copies can be ordered via our bookshop at http://www.johncattbookshop.com/primary-computing-in-action, priced £14.99. Please email us via enquiries@johncatt.com for information on discounts available for bulk orders.

Preventing Extremism and Terrorist Recruitment September 18, 2015

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9781909717688We are thrilled to have teamed up with Hanif Qadir to publish an essential new book, Preventing Extremism and Terrorist Recruitment.

Hanif  is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialists in positively transforming violent extremists. He is actively involved in advising and assisting senior policy makers around the globe in reforming key aspects of the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda.
This is an essential book for all those who work with young people in whatever context, and for all those institutions that have a statutory duty to prevent people from being drawn in to extremism and terorism.
Hanif outlines the challenges and realities of the current threats, and the various early indicators of extremism and radicalisation. Drawing on his experience of working with hundreds of high risk terrorist and violent extremist cases, the book examines when and how intervention should take place – and, crucially, suggests what success and failure will look like.

Anonymous case studies from a wide variety of young people demonstrate the numerous push-and-pull factors in play and detail the practical methods and solutions involved with changing permanently attitudes and behaviours. Hanif Qadir is the CEO of the Active Change Foundation. He works closely with a wide range of governmental institutions, most of the UK’s Police Authorities, and research academics across the globe, with a view to applying a more sensitive and sensible approach in counter-terrorism strategies.

In 2002, Hanif joined a network of Al Qaida members, after 9/11 and the invasion of Afghanistan, spending most of his time with the network throughout 2002. He then travelled to Afghanistan, and realized that young men and women were being used as cannon fodder in a war that many people knew little about. After a hostile argument with some high ranking Taliban commanders, Hanif returned to the UK to safeguard young men and women from similar experiences, losing their lives and harming their communities.

He has since worked with some of the UK’s high risk terrorist and violent extremist cases and has challenged many known figureheads who lead violently extreme groups both at home and abroad. He has prevented a number of people from participating in terrorist activities. In so doing, he prevented those individuals from being killed, killing others or being locked away for many years.

Hanif has a unique understanding and hard won experience of the modus operandi of Al Qaeda and Al Shabab inspired groups and individuals. He is now recognized as arguably the best violent extremist and de-rad expert in Europe and he is called upon around the world to advise on effective strategies to counter violent extremism.

Preventing Extremism and Terrorist Recruitment will be published in January 2016, £20.

101 Ways to Achievement for All September 17, 2015

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A4A books PRProfessor Sonia Blandford leads the award winning charity Achievement for All (http://afaeducation.org) and is listed as one of Debrett’s 500 most influential for 2015 (http://www.debretts.com/people/person-today/sonia-blandford).

And in October, John Catt Educational will be releasing four new books by Sonia, looking at how this charity’s programme, delivered in thousands of schools across the UK, is making an extraordinary difference to the progress and wellbeing of children and young people, and to the leaders and teachers who work with them.

Take the Lead is a book for school leaders. It taps into their ambitions to ensure every pupil on their register makes progress above national expectations and shares the framework Achievement for All offers which enables them to do that. Packed with ideas and experience from Sonia’s team and the leaders she’s working with.

Love to Teach takes a fresh look at the challenges facing teaching staff today and explores how they can meet them in a way that optimises both their sense of wellbeing and job satisfaction and ensures that every pupil in their class makes progress above national expectations.

Make School Better looks at the pivotal role all parents and carers can have in their child’s experience of education, and the practical things they can do right now to make sure school is a better place to be, no matter what individual challenges children face, and ensures that all children make progress above national expectations.

Don’t Like Mondays? is a feast of facts, personal stories and practical ideas from children and young people for children and young people. This book aims to enrich the educational experience for those who find school tough, and to empower them to make a change in the classroom that will not only enable them to progress but which will benefit everyone else in their school too.

More information on all four books can be found here: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/books/achievement-for-all-series

All four titles will be released on October 6, 2015. To speak to Sonia Blandford, request an interview or editorial article, or for any further information please contact Alex Sharratt on +44 (0) 1394 389850 or at as@johncatt.com