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Summer is here for Conference & Common Room magazine – read it online April 30, 2012

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The summer issue of Conference & Common Room magazine is now available in digital format.

You can read it online by clicking here.

Printed copies will be arriving in common rooms and with subscribers shortly.

C&CR is the professional journal of Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) schools. It was founded in 1963 and is read by Heads, bursars and key teaching staff of these schools.

The HMC represents the Heads of 260 leading independent schools in the UK. Schools whose Heads are members of HMC are renowned worldwide and are at the forefront of educational excellence.

In the summer issue of C&CR, Graeme May asks whether the Common Entrance exam is fit for purpose, John Edwards looks at differences in independent schools north of the border, Chris Ramsey writes an open letter to the new director of the Office for Fair Access and David Gibbs looks at the opportunities for HMC schools to link up with academies.

There is also much more to enjoy within the 56 pages, including interviews, book reviews and letters to the editor.

C&CR is published three times a year, at the start of each school term. If you are interested in contributing to the magazine, you can contact Editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com. Potential advertisers can contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

To subscribe to the magazine, visit our bookshop by clicking here.

IB World Schools Yearbook 2012 half-price offer April 30, 2012

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Here’s how you can take advantage of a 50% discount offer for the IB World Schools Yearbook 2012.

The official guide to more than 3000 IB schools features more school profiles than ever before this year.

We produce the Yearbook in partnership with the International Baccalaureate and it is published in January every year.

It provides a comprehensive overview of the IB and contains details of every school authorised to offer the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programmes; where they are and what they have to offer. It’s an ideal reference for schools’ administration, parents and education ministries worldwide.

If you would like to order a copy of the print edition at 50% discount, please visit our bookshop. You will need to register as a member of the John Catt Bookshop (if you have not already done so) and enter the Coupon Code IBYBAPRIL when prompted.

To enquire about promoting your school in future editions of the Yearbook, contact us by clicking here.

Latest issue of Prep School magazine – read it online now April 27, 2012

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We’re pleased to introduce the new issue of Prep School magazine. The 74th edition is now available as an e-zine and printed copies will be sent out to schools and subscribers shortly.

The summer issue has a focus on IT and the technological innovations that schools are using to enhance learning in the classroom.

It also features a wealth of topics and opinion from leading educators in the prep and junior school world – including a strong defence of the traditional library.

In her introduction, editor Michèle Claire Kitto writes: ‘In this issue of Prep School we are showcasing some exciting ways of using ICT to enhance teaching and learning. From iPads to ‘flipped classrooms’ – where instruction is delivered online outside lessons thus freeing classroom time for collaborative work and practice – you are out there discovering new ways of engaging your pupils. As part of our ICT focus, we also look at ways to keep your students safe while making full use of online resources and learning methods.

‘To complement our ICT theme we also have articles on marketing, classroom behaviour and art, history and outdoor education. If all that leaves you needing more, find out how to make your school the Range Rover of the prep school world, or why children don’t seem to listen any more.’

To read the new issue online now, go to www.prepschoolmag.co.uk

Prep School is published three times a year. The next issue – due out in the autumn – will mark the 25th anniversary of the magazine. Potential contributors can contact Michèle at editor@prepschoolmag.co.uk while advertisers can get in touch with Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

To subscribe to Prep School magazine, please visit our bookshop.

Census highlights strength of independent schools April 26, 2012

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The Independent Schools Council (ISC) published the results of its annual census today, with pupil numbers showing a rise for the first time since 2008.

The ISC said there were 508,472 pupils at its 1,223 schools in 2012, which represents an increase of 0.1% on 2011 figures.

The most significant growth was in London and the South-East, where pupil numbers rose by 1.2%.

School fees have risen by an average of 4.5% – the second lowest fee increase since 1994 – with the average fee per term standing at £4,596.

Other findings include what the ISC describe as ‘increasing globalisation’ of its schools. The proportion of non-British pupils at ISC schools in 2012 was up 5.8% to 25,940 and 27% of schools reported an increase in the number of pupils going to university overseas.

Independent schools’ groups and associations said the census demonstrated resilience through the economic downturn and made a case for UK independent schools as among the best in the world.

ISC chairman Barnaby Lenon said: “Independent schools throughout the country should be very proud of the results of the census. At a time of recession, when very many parents are struggling financially, it is clear that finding fees remains a priority for very large numbers.”

Independent Schools Association chairman John Wood said: “The positive news from this year’s census confirms that independent education remains an aspiration for a large proportion of parents across the country. It will be interesting to see if the substantial increase in the number of pupils applying to overseas universities is a trend that continues in the future.”

For the full release, go to www.isc.co.uk/research/

Leading Schools series available in eight-book box set April 26, 2012

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Our popular Leading Schools in the 21st Century series is now available in an eight-book box set.

The eight books – themed under ‘Essays in leadership for changing times’ – bring together expert contributors to provide a wealth of practical information and experience on the key roles in independent schools.

The series is published in partnership with the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) and other leading associations in independent education.

The books aim to inform, challenge and prompt further discussion; are rich in anecdotes and personal recommendations; and are written with humour and insight.

The individual books cover:

● Heads
● Senior Management Teams
● Heads of Department
● Newly Qualified Teachers
● Pastoral Work and those who practise it
● Public Relations, Marking and Development
● The Work of the Bursar
● Governance and Governors

The box set can be bought from the John Catt Bookshop by clicking here, where you will also find more information about each book.

Leading names in sport contribute to new book April 24, 2012

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We are very pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of what is set to be an extremely popular new book, Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools.

The book is a collection of essays investigating the importance of teaching PE and sport in independent schools and features contributions from top names from the world of sport as well as leading educators.

Edited by Malcolm Tozer, former director of PE at Uppingham School, it includes a foreword from HRH The Princess Royal, and essays by Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward; Olympic champion and triple jump world-record holder Jonathan Edwards; Olympic 400m medallist Roger Black; chair of UK Sport, Baroness Campbell; 11-time Paralympic champion Baroness Grey-Thompson, England cricket selector James Whitaker and former England rugby coach Roger Uttley.

There are also contributions from Heads and directors of sport from 10 UK independent schools, sharing best practice, new ideas and examining changing attitudes to the teaching of physical education and provision of sport.

The book also includes a directory of more than 700 independent school pupils who have gone on to represent their country in their chosen sport, a list headed by Premiership football stars Frank Lampard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The book will be published in June and promises to be a must-read for PE teachers and sports coaches, as well as Headmasters and Headmistresses considering their physical education teaching and sporting provisions.

To pre-order a copy, go to the John Catt Bookshop.

ECIS members – get in touch for your free copy of the latest International Schools Journal April 17, 2012

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Our MD Jonathan Evans and managing editor Alex Sharratt have recently returned from the annual ECIS Leadership Conference, this year held in Vienna.

They received excellent feedback to the latest edition of the International Schools Journal, which came back from our printers in the days leading up to the conference.

If you are an ECIS member, you are entitled to a free printed copy of the ISJ. Just send an email to me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com and we will send on your copy.

This latest edition, edited by Caroline Ellwood, includes the following articles:

Comment: Charles Dickens’ international school by Caroline Ellwood

Tea and oysters: metaphors for a global education by George Walker

Creating contact zones: ISTA festivals and the practice of WE by Dinos Aristidou

Creative institutional partnerships that enhance experiential  learning in times of crisis by Robin Berting and Marta Vernet

Routes to international higher education: university admission officers’ research by Jeremy Lewis

Pedagogic discourse: a language for the description and analysis of international curriculum implementation by James Cambridge

Online learning in the IB by Denise Perrault and Judith Fabian

Documenting strategic intent and progress with action plans by W F Johnston

Reflection on what is implied by ‘international’ with reference to  international education and international schools by Bill Roberts

Defining and evaluating international-mindedness in a school context by Richard Harwood and Katherine Bailey

Historical vignettes – Then and Now: What has become of the Atlantic College project? by David Sutcliffe

Book Review: The Changing Face of International Education; Challenges for the IB by George Walker

New release: Which London School? & the South-East 2012-13 April 10, 2012

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The latest edition of Which London School? & the South-East is back from our printers and on sale now.

Thanks go to all the schools who have taken the opportunity to promote themselves in the 2012-13 edition of this guide to independent education in London and the Home Counties.

The book will shortly be distributed to our controlled list in the UK and abroad, including relocation agencies, educational consultants, British Forces’ libraries, main UK libraries, British Council offices and British Embassies. Copies are sold through leading bookshops and online through Amazon, Google Books as well as www.johncattbookshop.com

It includes a comprehensive directory of independent schools in the capital and surrounding counties and important information on educational organisations and examinations and qualifications.

There is also an editorial section featuring top advice and opinion from leading figures in the independent education sector, including John Wood, chair of the Independent Schools Association, and David Rose, Headmaster of The North London International School. We also hear from the Girls’ School Association about how technology is revolutionising the classroom.

Here’s an extract from David Rose’s article:

“Since my return [to London in 2005] I have become very familiar with the other international schools that encircle London and also I am getting to know the many impressive, traditional independent schools that are located in London. There is such a wide choice of schools available to parents that I am sure did not exist in 1975 – independent faith schools, Montessori schools, International Baccalaureate World Schools, schools like mine that are part of a global network, brand new state of the art schools and those with histories and traditions that go back centuries. And what a time it is now to be leading a school in London with the Olympic Games getting closer and of course all the pomp and ceremony of a Diamond Jubilee celebration due!”

To buy the book, click here

ECIS Leadership Conference and Effective Data Management for Schools April 10, 2012

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This Thursday will see Jonathan Evans and I fly out to Vienna for the annual Leadership Conference for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS).

The theme of the conference is Forming the Future with the opening keynote speaker being Andy Hargreaves, who will be talking about his 2009 publication The Fourth Way, a provocative volume which makes clear that the old ways for effecting social and educational change are no longer suited to the “fast, flexible, and vulnerable new world of the 21st century”.

In addition to keeping abreast of the latest thoughts and developments in international education, Jonathan and I will also be promoting the latest book in the ever-popular Effective International School series, published in partnership with ECIS.

Effective Data Management for Schools, the 11th book in the series, was published just last week and is edited by David Willows (Director of External Relations at the International School of Brussels, Belgium) and Brian Bedrick (Managing Director of Interactive Data Partners).

Over recent years, international schools around the world have begun to recognize the importance of effectively managing data in their schools. This book is intended to capture a range of key ideas and useful data resources in a practical, thoughtful, jargon-free guide. It covers topics as diverse as targets, surveys, and key performance indicators on the one hand, to assessment of learning and student achievement on the other.

“Finally, international educators weigh-in and offer some astute insight on the data dilemma – an issue that has swung from dream to conundrum.  From the philosophical to the practical, Willows and Bedrick pull together an essential ‘data’ must-read.”
Bambi Betts, CEO Academy for International School Heads and Director, Principals’ Training Center

If you are lucky enough to be in Vienna this week, do stop by our stand and say hello. If you are interested in finding out more about Effective Data Management for Schools, visit our Bookshop here.