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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.

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.



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