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January 2011 magazines; sneak peek December 21, 2011

Posted by millycotton in Independent Education, International education, Magazines.
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It’s been a busy few weeks in the office – pulling together the magazines, adding the finishing touches and having them ready for print before the Christmas break. International School (is), Conference & Common Room and Prep School are now set for their January release date. We thought we’d pass on a few further details, in anticipation.

January 2012As Conference & Common Room nears its 50th anniversary, the editorial is as rich as ever. Neil Carmichael, MP for Stroud and a former chair of governors and a member of the Education Select Committee, discusses, alongside Edward Wild, former Development Director of Wild Search, how the quality of governing bodies has never been more vital than in the upcoming years. Roger V Mobs, a regular guest at the Heatherblend Club Banquet, finds himself in a fairly precarious position, somewhere up a drainpipe. Fergus Livingstone, Headmaster of Lord Wandsworth College, raises issues about support for the academies programme. And the Headmaster of Ratcliffe College since 2009, Gareth Lloyd, looks back at the annual conference.

Meanwhile, Prep School, now in its 73rd edition, features Marion Scott-Baker, Head of Pre-Prep, Cheam School, strengthening the case for high quality early years education. She takes an in-depth look at how children learn to read and strongly promotes a unified approach to phonics. Headmaster, Richard Foster, of Windlesham House School in Sussex, beautifully details how the surprise addition of a Victorian ‘secret garden’, has inspired his year 2 class. Will Bersey, director of music at St Edmund’s School in Canterbury, explains the school’s exciting new friendship with the English Chamber Orchestra. And NQT teacher, Henry Lamb, shares his passion and personal experience of how sport has an amazing role to play in the life of a prep or junior school.

Lastly, the Spring issue of is comes, as always, with lots of photos from the ECIS Autumn conference – this year we travelled to Lisbon. Cue lots of smiling faces and a few glasses of wine to boot. Also included are the words of Dr Mary Hayden, as she looks forward to celebrating the tenth year of The Alliance for International Education, with details of their 2012 conference in Doha. Kevin Gilbert, Principal of the middle school, Collège du Léman, Switzerland and co-founder of the Serenje Orphans Children’s Home (SOCH) in Zambia, details the benefits of an ECIS Outreach Grant, as a fish farm is created nearby. David Thomas asks ‘how can a school be a true learning community if its governing body isn’t learning how to perform better?’ The importance of continuing professional development, he states, must extend to boards and governing bodies. David is Chair of ACS International Schools, UK and Qatar, and Chair of the ECIS Governance Committee. And Lacy Chapman, lower school Principal at ACS Cobham International School, explains why outdoor learning is not just about messing around outside.

We are extremely pleased with all three magazines, and look forward to hearing your feedback. Relevant issues will be making their way to a staffroom near you – do keep an eye out. Additional copies can be ordered through the John Catt Bookshop. Happy Christmas from all of us here.

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