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Conference & Common Room January Issue November 29, 2011

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January 2012

At 60 pages, January’s issue of Conference & Common Room will be the biggest yet, reflecting the magazine’s excellent health as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2013.

As well as important interviews with Ken Durham and Barnaby Lenon, chairmen of HMC and ISC respectively, Tom Wheare, the editor, has assembled articles on current crucial issues: pensions; the academies programme; university choices; governance, technology in the classroom; and school management.

There is coverage of HMC’s Conference at St Andrew’s, James Priory views events at St Paul’s, and Alistair Macnaughton reflects on Teaching and the Seven Virtues. Other articles look back as well as forward, there are book reviews, and Roger V Mobs manages to get himself suspended.

Conference & Common Room is the magazine for leading independent schools in the UK. It is published by John Catt Educational three times a year, at the start of each school term in September, January and April. Subscriptions are available from the John Catt Bookshop.

Rhymes for the Grandchildren: a new collection of poetry for children by Jonty Driver November 25, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases, Peridot Press.
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We’re delighted to reveal that our imprint Peridot Press has published a short collection of poems for children by Jonty Driver, Rhymes for the Grandchildren: Moose, Mouse and other Rhymes. This delightful little collection features illustrations by Dutch artist Lieske van de Seijp.

C.J. (“Jonty”) Driver is a poet, novelist and essayist who has published six collections of poems, five novels and a biography. For many years he was a teacher and, in due time, a Headmaster, first of Island School, Hong Kong, then Berkhampstead School, then Wellington College, before returning to be a full-time writer.

Here’s a little taster from Rhymes for the Grandchildren:

The white-tailed deer

The white-tailed deer
Is a flirt
With her tail.
She’s always alert –
You have only to leer
And she’s there.
She’ll say:
Don’t follow me, fellow,
Then she’ll show him the way
With her tail;
She stops, she twists her head
To look right behind
Her behind,
And – without fail –
She puts up her tail
To show:
Don’t follow me, fellow,
But this is the way I go.

Rhymes for the Grandchildren, which would make an excellent little Christmas gift, is available from the John Catt Bookshop for just £6.

News from Lisbon November 24, 2011

Posted by millycotton in Conferences, International education, Magazines, New releases.
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The team had a very busy few days in Lisbon at the ECIS Autumn conference – out of bed early, back in bed late – but it was, of course, a thoroughly rewarding experience; a great place to meet new people and to catch up with old friends. We visited a couple of the delightful local restaurants – with some of us being braver than others – and tried to take in the charm of the city when we had a few minutes to spare. On Saturday evening we were joined by a selection of our editors, authors and contributors for a lovely last supper on the docks. We left Lisbon very full and very contented, only to sit in the airport for a few more hours than planned due to fog in London.

Having celebrated the 30th anniversary of the International Schools Journal, and keen to increase the awareness of is magazine, the opportunity was invaluable; moreover it provided a fantastic footing for our lastest venture with Mary Hayden & Jeff Thompson, Taking the IB Diploma Programme Forward.

Please remember that a free hard copy of the ISJ is available to all ECIS members from the John Catt Bookshop, as well as, of course, all our other publications.


ECIS Autumn conference in Lisbon November 15, 2011

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A five-strong team from John Catt will be flying out to Lisbon on Thursday morning for the European Council of International Schools Autumn Conference.

Always an interesting and inspiring event, the annual November conference is heralded by ECIS as “the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world”, attracting over 1600 participants who are teachers, Heads of school, guidance counselors and college admissions personnel.

There are over two hundred guest speakers during the three days of presentations – including a workshop run by Caroline Ellwood and myself on how and why to write for International School magazine and the International School Journal.

In addition to attending the presentations and workshops to help us keep up to date with all the latest goings on in international education, we will also be promoting all our relevant publications – including the recently released Taking the IB Diploma Programme Forward and Internationalizing Schools.

If you are also lucky enough to be attending, do stop by and say hello – and reserve a special welcome to Milly, who is attending for the first time.

John Catt Educational at the FASNA autumn conference November 10, 2011

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I am back in the office after attending the very interesting Autumn Conference of the Foundation, Aided Schools and Academies National Association (FASNA) at the Hotel Russell in London.

John Catt Educational have a blossoming relationship with FASNA thanks to our new Academy magazine, which we have developed and recently launched together.

The response to the first issue of Academy from the delegates at the conference was fantastic. We have hit the spot with the right magazine at the right time; an informative, enlightening and topical magazine, with genuine editorial written by academy professionals for academy professionals.

The speakers and presenters certainly had plenty to talk about at the conference, with the uncertain issue of academy funding one of the hottest topics. Representatives from the Department for Education were also on hand to discuss the future of the academies programme – and we are hoping for some official government comment in the next issue of the magazine, published in January.

Thanks to all at FASNA, especially Tom Clark and Lynne Hoptroff, for their hard work in putting together a well organised and interesting day.

Which School? 2012 November 4, 2011

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education, New releases.
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We’re very happy to annouce that Which School? 2012 is now back from the printers and available for purchase.

As detailed last month on the blog, the guide boasts not only a comprehensive directory of over 2000 British independent schools, but also an informative editorial section.

A big thank you to all who were involved, the 87th edition looks set to be a great success!

Loch Longs: The Third Quarter Century 1987-2011 November 2, 2011

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Announcing another new text from Peridot Press, Jamie Bruce Lockhart’s follow up to LOCH LONGS the first fifty years, published in 1987 for their Golden Jubilee.

In the foreword, by Ann Bray, an Honorary Member, it is described how Jamie ‘concentrates on the links and cooperation between the Clyde and the Alde that have developed in this period’, whilst hinting at the friendly animosity that exists between the heavyweights of this small, but ardent, racing class.

Of the 138 boats that have been built since the foundation of the class in 1987, 130 are still in existence today; about half of them afloat and over a third actively raced.

A view from the inside, this book is not a chronological history, but rather, a series of essays written by someone who sails, owns and above all loves Loch Longs.

If you are passionate about classic boats and would like to promote the book in some way, do not hesitate to get in touch… Indeed, if you have any questions, we are here to answer them. The book is also available to buy from our bookshop.