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New book release – Learning and Teaching about Islam June 29, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in New releases.
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We are pleased to announce a new publication from John Catt – Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding.

The book, edited by Caroline Ellwood, brings together essays from experienced educators and academics in its aim to promote greater understanding in our schools.

It will help teachers appreciate the history of Islam and its immense importance in the modern world and will also help them appreciate the dangers of seeing the developments in Islamic countries unfold through the prism of Western ideologies.

With an introduction by HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, this important new book features the following chapters:

Learning and teaching about Islam: perceptions, perspectives and practice, Caroline Ellwood.

Internationalism and the Arab heritage, Samia Al Farra.

Improving intercultural understanding: a case study of the United World College in Mostar, Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson.

Environmental education: an Islamic perspective, Basil Mustafa.

Reflections on a critical and cultural understanding of education in the Middle East: a personal experience of teaching in Islamic countries, Lawrence Burke.

Setting up an international school in an Islamic setting: a transplant alone will not do, Norm Dean.

Teaching the crusades, Carole Hillenbrand.

The Prophet Muhammad as a teacher, M A S Abdel Haleem.

The King Fahad Academy: making a difference, a journey to internationalising a curriculum, Sumaya Alyusuf.

The integrated madrasa pre-school project: developments in pre-school education, Kathy Bartlett.

Islamic science and mathematics: new-found wealth Richard Harwood.

Arabic literature: fiction as a teaching resource for the understanding of Islam, Caroline Ellwood.

Dealing with controversial issues, Malcolm Davis.

To order a copy of the book, visit our bookshop by clicking here.

John Catt Educational at the Festival of Education June 26, 2012

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences.
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I was delighted to be able to attend the third Festival of Education at the weekend. It was another inspiring two days in the stunning surrounds of Wellington College and fully lived up to its billing as “Glastonbury for intellectuals”.

Head of Ofsted Michael Wilshaw and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy were among the 200 speakers. Education Secretary Michael Gove had been due to speak but pulled out the day before he was due to speak – much to the frustration of the delegates, who had hoped to grill him on his announcements that GCSEs are to be scrapped.

About 1,500 people are thought to have attended the event on Saturday and Sunday, and heard discussions on topics including creative thinking, learning in the 21st century, the rise of China, post-18 education and safeguarding pupils. In addition, there were a number of positive sessions on the growth of academy and free schools in the UK, which gave me plenty of opportunity to get our excellent Academy magazine into some influential hands.

Meanwhile, it was wonderful to see the session by Malcolm Tozer, editor of our new release Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, on Sunday morning. Look out for more news from Malcolm about the book on this blog in the near future.

Get involved in the 2013 gap-year guidebook June 18, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in the gap-year guidebook.
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Work is now under way on the the gap-year guidebook 2013.

If you or your company want to get involved in editorial or advertising for the new edition, please get in touch.

We’re keen to hear your gap-year stories, advice and opinions.

And if there’s something in particular you think we need to cover in the 2013 edition, then let us know.

You can email me on jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com

If it’s an advertising enquiry, you could go straight to Peter Mitchell at pmitchell@johncatt.com or on 01394 389853.

It’s summertime for International School magazine June 11, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, Magazines.
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The summer issue of International School (is) magazine is now available in print and online.

International School is the official magazine for European Council of International Schools (ECIS) members and copies are now arriving in staffrooms and with subscribers.

It’s also available to read online now at www.is-mag.co.uk

The new issue turns its focus on the primary sector, including articles by Lesley Snowball on curricula, Martin Lijinksky on musical skills and Alec Williams on ways to encourage children to read for pleasure.

There are also articles on a range of topics celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of international education, with the latest ECIS news, including photos from the Leadership Conference in Vienna, features, comment, and book reviews.

The magazine, edited by Caroline Ellwood, is published three times a year. To get involved in the magazine, you can email Caroline at CarolineEllwood@ecis.org. For advertising enquiries, contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

For subscription enquiries, click here.

John Catt’s Guide to International Schools to be published next month June 1, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, New releases.
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We’re now in the process of putting together the 10th edition of John Catt’s Guide to International Schools.

This guidebook is growing in popularity every year – mirroring the global growth of international schools – and the 2012/13 edition promises to be the best yet.

More schools are profiled than ever before and the book – due to be published next month – features editorial from leading figures in international education, including Ian Hill, deputy director general of the International Baccalaureate, who writes the Foreword, Jean Vahey, executive director of the European Council of International Schools, Stephan Spahn, Chancellor of The Dwight School in New York City, and Kevin Bartlett, Director of the International School of Brussels.

It provides essential advice information about the options open to international students and the questions you will need to ask before choosing a school. We speak to students about their experiences and look at extracurricular activities such as volunteering and outreach programmes.

Here’s an extract from an article supplied by ISC Research for the guide:

“Since 2002, the number of students in international schools has tripled from one million to just over three million today. One of the main reasons for this growth is that the demographic of the typical international school student has changed during this time.  According to research produced by ISC Research, part of the International School Consultancy Group, ten years ago the typical international school student was from an expatriate family. Today, that student is from a local family.

‘The number of expatriate children attending international schools has not decreased, indeed there are many more,’ says Nicholas Brummitt, managing director of the International School Consultancy Group. ‘But what has changed is the recognition by local families that international schools are a means of advancing to further education at some of the world’s best universities.’ It is this recognition, coupled with increased income, which is making attendance at an international school a real possibility for wealthier local families. So much so that today 80% of all students at international schools are local children.

In a number of cities, this demand from both expat and local families is outstripping supply. Hong Kong, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha all have significant problems. To such an extent that many relocating expats with families are now demanding security of their school places before accepting new placements. In certain locations, it is the availability of good school places that is driving job decisions by expats rather than salaries and destinations. As a result of this demand, a number of countries are actively encouraging the growth of international schools including China, India, Malaysia, Korea, and the UAE.”

The guide will be available to buy from our bookshop, as well as being distributed to schools and key reference points around the world.

For more information about John Catt’s Guide to International Schools, contact jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com for editorial and sales@johncatt.com for advertising enquiries.