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Prep School celebrates 75 issues – magazine available in print and online September 20, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, Magazines.
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It’s time to celebrate a landmark for Prep School magazine as we clock up 75 issues.

The magazine, produced in partnership with Satips, was launched nearly 25 years ago to celebrate the achievements, debate the issues and reflect upon the best of the prep and junior school world.

Issue no. 75 is now arriving in common rooms and with subscribers and is also available to read online by clicking here.

In her introduction to the autumn issue, editor Michèle Kitto writes: ‘This issue focuses on curriculum review and will help your school reflect on the features you want at the heart of your educational offering. What will your school look like at the end of the next 25 years? It is a reasonable assumption that strong teaching and learning will continue to be at the core of any successful school. Think carefully. If you get these wrong you could find yourself working your way out of a rather risky educational experiment. I always argue that the early years are the most important part of any child’s educational journey. We sow the seeds for the future and, if we fail, we are risking our pupils’ future life outcomes.

‘Entrance (or exit) exams often place the most significant restriction to our curricula. In this issue we look at a variety of exciting alternative models and we hope the experiences of other schools will help you reflect on your own practices and guide you towards ‘picking and mixing’ a truly flexible bespoke curriculum that fully covers the Common Entrance examination curriculum, whilst leaving time to ‘go off-piste’ in the interests of enrichment.

‘In this issue we also hear from schools that have moved away from CE to create their own baccalaureate. Or what about the independent curriculum, which promises to foster independent thinking, creativity and self-motivation within a curriculum that is compatible with CE?  Or perhaps the Independent Primary Curriculum, another alternative curriculum model that is the gold standard in the international world of education.  And if you really don’t like the Common Entrance exam, why not help reshape it? The examiners always canvas opinions, so if you think you could do better why not get involved?’

The issue also features a look at the past, present and future of Prep School by Jonathan Evans, managing director of John Catt Educational.

He describes the magazine as providing ‘good, clear writing… not camouflaged with over-elaborate design or smothered with advertorials’.

‘It is a magazine written, read and produced by people who understand primary education and hold it in the highest esteem,’ he concludes.

Prep School is published three times a year. 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.

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