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The John Catt Guide to International Schools March 30, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in International education.
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International education is booming: that’s the news from ISC Research, and from our own experience in putting together the next edition of The John Catt Guide to International Schools.

The latest figures published by ISC Research, an organisation that researches and analyses data on international schools worldwide, show that the number of children attending the world’s international schools has passed three million. This is expected to reach six million in another ten years and the number of international schools could increase from 6000 today to 10,000.

This is phenomenal growth over the past decade. In 2002 there were one million international school students. It is this increasing demand for places which is driving the rapid expansion of international schools worldwide; a trend that is predicted to continue for the foreseeable future.

ISC Research classify international schools as those fee-paying schools that deliver the curriculum wholly or partly in English (outside an English-speaking country). Many of these schools follow, to a large extent, the English National Curriculum. Others deliver such highly respected international curricula as the International Baccalaureate and the International Primary Curriculum.

We have a slightly different definition of an ‘international school’ and therefore the number of schools that make it into our guidebook is lower than the ISC Research number. For the purposes of our guide, ‘international schools’ are fee-paying and belonging to an international association or body, or accept international students, or offer a curriculum not of the host country.

Either way, there is no denying that international education is going through a period of huge growth, prompted by a surge in demand from an increasingly mobile global population. As Ian Hill, Deputy Director General of the International Baccalaureate, states in his foreword to the forthcoming 2012/13 edition of The John Catt Guide to International Schools:

“International schools provide an essential service to the increasing number of families moving around the world. There exist very established networks of dedicated heads and teachers who gather regularly at conferences; many of them, like the students, move on a recruitment circuit from one country to the next. The international experience in these schools can be a life-changing experience.”

The John Catt Guide to International Schools 2012/13 will be published in July 2012 and is the tenth edition of our respected, popular and practical guide. For more information on how your school can feature within the guide, please contact us. The 2011/12 edition is for sale via the John Catt Bookshop.

83% of independent schools “not overly concerned” March 26, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education.
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As the John Catt Educational team begin our work on Which School? 2013, the 88th edition of our highly-respected guide to independent education in the UK, there are encouraging signs that independent schools are continuing to thrive despite the testing economic conditions.

A survey of school staff conducted at the recent Capita’s SIMS Independent Schools’ Conference has revealed that most fee-paying schools are not worried about keeping pupil numbers up or the potential competition from state-funded schools.

The survey showed that over 83% of respondents were either not at all concerned or only slightly concerned about falling pupil numbers. More than 60% of respondents also indicated that they are not concerned about having to compete with state schools to attract pupils, proving that there is adequate room for both sectors in helping to provide an excellent education for the UK’s youngsters.

Julie Booth, head of independent schools at Capita SIMS, said: ““The results suggest that many schools are confident in their ability to deliver educational excellence and bring pupils through their doors, despite the continuing squeeze on household budgets.”

Which School? 2013, set for publication in September 2012, is the leading guide to independent education in the UK. Carrying details of over 2000 schools across the length and breadth of the country, the guide also includes authoritative editorial from key names and a comprehensive appendix of information on associations, curricula and examinations.

Please email us for details on how your school can feature in Which School? 2013. The 2012 edition can be purchased via the John Catt Bookshop.

Academy magazine: summer issue March 22, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Magazines.
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We are currently working on the summer issue of Academy magazine, a publication that has already made a significant impact despite being only two issues old.

At the recent Foundation, Aided Schools and Academies National Association (FASNA) conference in London, we were told by a number of Heads how useful and informative they found the magazine – an encouraging response to a magazine which has also found its way into the hands of a number of policy makers and advisors at the highest level.

The third issue, set for publication next month, features editorial from a host of influential figures in education, including Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College for School Leadership; Joan Binder, Vice President of FASNA; Heath Monk,  CEO of the ‘Future Leaders’ programme; and Sue Baldwin of the Young People’s Learning Agency.

Make sure you get your copy of Academy magazine, published three times a year at the start of each school term. More information on how to receive this inspiring magazine is available here. Meanwhile, a digital version of the second issue can be read and downloaded at www.academymag.co.uk

John Catt Educational at the International Baccalaureate Asia Pacific Annual Conference 2012 March 9, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences.
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John Catt Educational will at the IB Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Singapore from March 15-18 to reinforce our support for the International Baccalaureate.

Publishing Director Derek Bingham will be available to discuss a number of our recently released titles – including Taking the DP Forward, the third book in our series examining ways in which the IB programmes can be refreshed and reapplied. The book follows on from last year’s Taking the MYP Forward and 2009’s Taking the PYP Forward. Together they form an essential series for those educators wishing to bring the best of current thinking to their IB programmes.

Meanwhile, the latest edition of the IB World Schools Yearbook will also be available to order. The 2013 edition is another comprehensive reference guide to the IB community, featuring editorial and information on all three IB programmes and all three IB regions.

If you are lucky enough to also be attending the conference in Singapore, please do come and visit us on stand 32 in the exhibition hall.

Preparatory Schools 2012 March 1, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Independent Education, New releases.
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We are delighted to say that the 2012 edition of John Catt’s Preparatory Schools is now available. With a fantastic new front cover design, this essential reference book carries details of over 1500 independent prep and junior schools in the UK providing education for 2-13 year-olds.

The guide also features a foreword by Tim Johns, chairman of the Independent Association of Prep Schools and Headmaster of The Hawthorns Prep School in Surrey. Here’s an extract:

In a world where change is the norm, the need for a balance between core knowledge and investigative skills has never been more acute. Pupils need to be literate, numerate and culturally intelligent. Equally they need to have the curiosity, desire to learn and transferability of skills, to equip them for a very uncertain future. This may involve integrating into senior schools, developing self disciplines for effective further education or moving out of comfort zones when the competitive world of work looms. Prep schools have the scope to introduce an extensive range of skills in a holistic and embryonic way, so that aspects such as resilience, compassion and a ‘can do’ attitude are at the core of pupils’ experience.

A recent UK survey conducted for the ISC revealed that 54% of parents would send their children to an independent school if they could afford to, whilst 12% had actually attended one themselves. Despite the recession we are seeing a flight to quality. This quality is assured objectively through robust inspection processes, which serve as valuable developmental tools for schools, too. Prep schools have a justifiable reputation in respect of their provision for modern languages, the sciences and classics, which all provide a backbone for academic rigour. Similarly, learning to appreciate and work with nature (eg through the ‘Forest Schools’ initiative) as well as manipulating the fascinating,

Preparatory Schools 2012available to buy from the John Catt Bookshop – is an authoritative reference guide for parents, educators and administrators – anyone with an interest in prep and junior education in the UK. It is an ideal place to promote your school to a highly-targeted readership. Please contact us for more information on how to feature.