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New eBooks released – Mind Your Head and Taking the IPC Forward November 29, 2012

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Two of our new titles are now available as eBooks on Amazon Kindle – Mind Your Head and Taking the IPC Forward.

Mind Your Head is written by ‘reluctant head master’ David Boddy, who offers an emotional intelligence guide for school leaders.

David, the current chairman of the Society of Heads, draws on inspiration from his remarkable career, which saw him go from Margaret Thatcher’s Press Secretary to leading St James’ Senior Boys School in Ashford, and his 30-year passion for philosophy and meditation.

Early sales have been excellent and the book received a great review in the Times Educational Supplement from Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College.

Click here to buy the eBook of Mind Your Head.

Taking the IPC Forward is an analysis of the International Primary Curriculum, which is now offered in more than 1500 schools in over 80 countries.

Edited by Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson, it features a collection of essays by those who know this fast-growing curriculum the best. For a full chapter list, see this earlier post.

Click here to buy the eBook of Taking the IPC Forward.

For printed copies, please visit our bookshop.

New book on the International Primary Curriculum launched at ECIS conference November 27, 2012

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We enjoyed a busy few days at the ECIS Teachers’ Conference in Nice at the end of last week – and were very pleased to launch our new book, Taking the IPC Forward.

Friends and collaborators joined us at our stand to celebrate the publication of the title, which is an analysis of the formation and founding years of the International Primary Curriculum and a snapshot of where it stands today.

Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson have done an excellent job in recruiting those who know the IPC best to write about their experiences and insights into this growing curriculum, now available in over 1500 schools in more than 80 countries.

We were thrilled at the reception to the book and an early surge in sales to teachers. It is the first independent analysis of the curriculum, and so is a must for libraries and those working within the IPC today.

We very much hope the insights gained from this book will help the IPC develop and strengthen over the coming years. Here’s a chapter list:

Part A: Origins and Background

1. The making of the IPC: a personal view – Peter le Noble

2. The IPC: a Shell perspective – Henk van Hout and Tracey Kelly

3. The IPC described – Steven Mark

Part B: The Curriculum Context

4. An engaging curriculum: the pedagogy of the IPC – Yolande Muschamp

5. International-mindedness and the IPC – Jayne Pletser

6. The IPC: what makes it international? – Barbara Deveney

Part C: Teaching and Learning through the IPC

7. Pupil motivation in the IPC: Teacher and Parent Perceptions – Joanne Marshall

8. The IPC: a return to 1970s-style trendy teaching methods? Certainly not! – Malcolm Davis

9. Recruiting teachers for IPC schools – Andrew Wigford

10. Teaching Assistants: providing support for the IPC – Estelle Tarry

11. The IPC: children’s perspectives in an English state school – Mary van der Heijden

Part D: The IPC as an Agent for Change

12. IPC accreditation: more than just a quality mark – Graeme Scott

13. Quality and school reform: the role of the IPC in a school’s DNA – Nicola Cooper, Catherine Copeland and Janet Harwood

14. The IPC as a platform for change – Richard Mast

Postscript –  Martin Skelton

To order a copy of the book, please visit our bookshop.

John Catt school guide eBooks November 26, 2012

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Don’t forget, our comprehensive range of guidebooks to UK independent and international schools are also published as eBooks and are available to download for free.

Use the links below to read and download on to PC, Mac or your handheld device:

IB World Schools Yearbook: http://ibyb.org/IB-eBook/downloads.htm

Which School? 2013: http://www.which-school.co.uk/WS-eBook/downloads.htm

Prep Schools 2012: http://www.prepschoolguide.co.uk/prep-eBook/downloads.htm

Which London School? & the South-East 2012/13: http://www.whichlondonschool.co.uk/WLS-eBook/downloads.htm

Which School? for Special Needs 2012/13: http://www.specialneedsguide.co.uk/WSSN-eBook/downloads.htm

The John Catt Guide to International Schools 2012/13: http://www.internationalschoolsearch.com/international-eBook/downloads.htm

the gap-year guidebook 2013: http://www.gap-year.com/gap-eBook/downloads.htm

School Suppliers Guide 2013 November 14, 2012

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In Spring 2013 we are publishing the eighth edition of the School Suppliers Guide, allowing educational products and services to be brought to the attention of bursars, business managers, procurement managers and administrators in academies and free schools.

This printed guide will be distributed to every academy and free school in the UK. The accompanying website and eBook publication will allow a much larger additional distribution to the wider educational world, making it the ideal place to promote your organisation to this most vibrant and exciting area of education in the UK.

As of October 1st 2012, there were 2373 academies and free schools, with that number set to rise further over the next 12 months as more schools realise the benefits of the freedom and autonomy that follow conversion.

For the first time, these schools are free from Local Authority restraint. They have full control over their budget and purchasing power and are keen to explore the commercial market now open to them.

Our 50 years of experience in educational publishing means that John Catt Educational are ideally placed to help take your organisation straight on to the desk of a school’s budget holder. The School Suppliers Guide builds on the success of Academy magazine, launched by us in October 2011 and already a respected and admired publication.

For more information on how to use the guide to connect your organisation with decision-makers and budget-holders at big-spending schools, please contact Mark Ayriss on 01394 389 857 or via email on mayriss@johncatt.com

November 2012 issue of International Schools Journal available now November 12, 2012

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The November 2012 issue of the International Schools Journal is available now.

This highly-respected journal, now in its fourth decade, is published twice-yearly in partnership with the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and reflects the views, ideas and research of educators in the international school community.

The new issue includes the following articles:

A teacher on the board: poacher or gamekeeper? A personal reflection by Peter MacKenzie

Intercultural communication competency for international educators by Beverley Shaklee & Sydney Merz

Integrated mother tongue education: three Dutch examples from the shop floor by Charlotte Wagenaar

Mission possible: the efforts of the IB to align mission and vision with daily practice by John Korsmo, Wendy Barrett, Shelby Friesen & Leanne Finnley

Teaching about migration in an international school? by Victoria Ryan

An instrument to measure traditional and cyber bullying in overseas schools by Kent Blakeney

Digital game-based curriculum? My child doesn’t play computer games by Jeanette Hannaford

Curiosity, a condition for learning by Robert Stokoe

Educational institutions: preparing young people to serve humanity by Stefanos Gialamas

Historical vignettes – Child-centred pedagogy, internationalism and bilingualism at the International School of Geneva by Conrad Hughes

Book Reviews 

Schools for the Future Europe: Values and Change beyond Lisbon (edited by John Sayer & Lynn Erler) – Reviewed by Peter Kotrc

Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States (edited by Beverley Shaklee & Supriya Baily) – Reviewed by James Cambridge

Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding (edited by Caroline Ellwood) – Reviewed by George Walker

You will be able to pick up a copy of the new ISJ at our stand at the ECIS conference in Nice, France, next week.

In addition, any ECIS members who would still like their free copy of the ISJ sent to them – and haven’t already let us know – should get in contact.

For subscriptions to the ISJ, visit our bookshop.

The gap-year guidebook 2013 – now available on Amazon Kindle November 7, 2012

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We’re pleased to announce that the gap-year guidebook 2013 is now available as an eBook on Amazon Kindle.

You can download it by following this link.

The guidebook – which is supported by www.gap-year.com – is now in its 21st year. It provides information, help and advice for anyone considering taking a gap-year or year out.

This is the second year we have produced the guide as an eBook on Amazon Kindle and we are hoping for a repeat of the 2012 edition’s success.

The guidebook is organised into 12 chapters: Tips for Travellers; Finance; Career Breaks and Older Gappers; Travelling and Accommodation; Working Abroad; Volunteering Abroad; Learning Abroad: Sport; Working in the UK; Volunteering in the UK; and Further Study.

For any enquiries about the guidebook or eBook, please feel free to contact me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com