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Magnificent buffets and steady sales: JCatt at the IB conference March 30, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, John Catt Educational news.
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Our publishing director, Derek Bingham, has just returned (with thanks to those staff at British Airways who remained at their posts and did an excellent job) after four days in Singapore at the International Baccalaureate (IB) Asia Pacific Conference.

John Catt Educational has an excellent relationship with the IB; we are in our fifth year of publishing the IB World Schools Yearbook, the official guide to all schools offering the IB Programmes. We have also published four series of lectures from former IB director general Professor George Walker.  Going to these conferences is important to us to help strengthen our bond with organisations and promote our joint publications to delegates.

Here are a few of Derek’s impressions of the conference:

‘Singapore, as well as being a stunning and lively city, is a melting pot in more senses than one (hurrah for air conditioning). It forms the hub of a region reflecting a variety of cultures, outlooks and religions; lingering strains of empire and missionary ties; third world countries, old kingdoms, new democracies and sophisticated lifestyles driven by fantastic economic growth.

‘This is the 24th annual regional conference and there has been a growing attendance at each of them. Of the 389 schools in 27 countries in the IB’s Asia Pacific region, 320 sent more than 730 delegates between them. To look after them, the IB sent more than 70 of their staff.

‘The exhibitors were all extremely busy and there was always interest in John Catt Educational. In part this may been due to a constant supply of tea, coffee and scrumptious eats in the two exhibitors’ halls, and a magnificent buffet lunch each day.

‘Some delegates knew us by reputation, but even among those who didn’t there was gratitude that we’d come so far to attend and there was a steady sale of books and orders placed. In all this was an excellent and lively conference, and reflects well the enthusiasm for the IB and its programmes.’

So, all in all, it seems to have been an interesting and useful trip for John Catt Educational. Our assistant editor Alex will be attending the IB Conference of the Americas in Miami in July to reinforce further our support for the IB: feel free to pop over and say hello should you also be in attendance.

John Catt at ISCO gap fairs March 26, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, Independent Education, the gap-year guidebook.
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One of our most popular publications in recent years has been the gap-year guidebook. Now in its 18th year, it is a fantastic reference book providing advice for those considering volunteering, working or studying abroad – and not just youngsters of university age, but career-breakers and mature travellers too.

ISCO (the Independent Schools Careers Organisation) arranges a series of “gap fairs” throughout the school year to help provide advice and information to independent school pupils considering taking time out before university.

We usually send one or two members of our team along to these events to stick our twopeneth in and promote the gap-year guidebook 2010 – on Sunday, Michael will be at Shrewsbury School in Shropshire from 10am to 12 noon. Feel free to pop along and say hello.

Hello world! March 25, 2010

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Uncategorized.
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Hi everyone,

Welcome to the John Catt Educational blog. If you’re reading this, the chances are that you are probably already aware of what we do. If not, here’s a (very) brief outline…

Founded in 1959 to provide services for schools, John Catt is principally engaged in the publication of books, directories and educational guides and magazines. For many years the main office was situated in a converted Victorian schoolhouse in Suffolk, UK, but in August 2008 we moved to new offices in Melton, Woodbridge.

Despite our rural situation, the company is international in aspect and serves clients from around the world. Our products are similarly distributed worldwide and the internet enables us to continuously transmit up-to-date information 24 hours a day.

We wanted to set up these pages to further our mission of promoting independent and international education by encouraging dialogue about the products we publish, schools, teaching and education as a whole. By talking openly about our publications, readers can help us achieve ever greater standards of quality and functionality.

And by discussing hot topics in education, we can increase awareness and understanding of the sector and keep developing confident and internationally-minded learners. And of course, like any good conversation there’s always the possibility of readers moving off on a tangent to other less serious topics…

So if there is anything you’d like to discuss, feel free to leave us a message or see if anyone is available for a chat. See you again soon,

Alex, assistant editor