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2012 – an outstanding year of success and growth December 20, 2012

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, International education.
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It’s nearly time to say goodbye to 2012 – and it gives us great pleasure to look back at an outstanding year for John Catt Educational.

We’ve published – and sold – more new books than ever before; strengthened our portfolio of guidebooks and magazines, both online and in print; exhibited at conferences around the world; and continued to build and strengthen relationships with our friends and associates in the educational sector.

Some of our successful new publications this year have included Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding, edited by Dr Caroline Ellwood; Mind Your Head – An Emotional Intelligence Guide for School Leaders by David Boddy; and Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, edited by Malcolm Tozer.

The latter, which featured a foreword by HRH Princess Royal and essays by leading sports personalities Jonathan Edwards, Sir Clive Woodward and Baroness Grey-Thompson, also saw the launch of a new web resource listing current and former independent school pupils who have represented their country in sport at international level.

We also launched Taking the International Primary Curriculum Forward, an independent analysis of this growing curriculum, now offered in more than 1500 schools in more than 80 countries. It is the first professional development book for teachers and those involved in delivering the IPC, and we hope it contributes to the strength and growth of the curriculum.

Our stable of magazines – International School (is), Prep School, Conference & Common Room and Academy – have enjoyed a successful and progressive year. The growth of Academy, in its first year of publication, has been particularly pleasing, with the termly magazine gaining respect and recognition from within the Department for Education.

Our guidebooks have also maintained their position in the market, with John Catt’s Guide to International Schools proving a star performer. The 2013 International Baccalaureate World Schools Yearbook is due to be published in January. It continues to grow at great pace and the forthcoming edition will feature more schools than ever before.

We’ve attended a number of conferences throughout the year, including IB events in Singapore, Cancun and Madrid; ECIS conferences in Vienna and Nice; and the Alliance for International Education gathering in Qatar. We are new members of Association of International Schools in Africa and will be attending its conference in Ghana next year.

We will look to build on this growth and success in 2013 with a number of exciting developments in the pipeline.

Jonathan Evans, managing director, said: “2012 has been an outstanding year for John Catt, the most new books published; the most number of conferences attended by John Catt staff; the highest number of schools and the highest number of suppliers as clients.

“John Catt is witnessing a growth in its business and a strengthening of confidence with current schools and suppliers. There has been 48% rise in new clients over the past three years and 7% rise in repeat business over the past 12 months.

“Most pleasing has been attending conferences where educators have told us how much they value the books and guides that are published by John Catt.”

If you would like to get in touch with us about any publication or to give any feedback, please do not hesitate to do so. We are always on the lookout for great ideas and keen to help talented educators get their ideas across. Please feel free to email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com.

From all at John Catt Educational, we wish you a peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Here’s to 2013…

How the John Catt Christmas card was printed December 17, 2012

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There has been no bulk-buying of cheap and cheerful Christmas cards here at John Catt this festive season.

Our 2012 card was designed by Scott James and then printed by production manager James Rudge on his home Adana 8×5 letterpress printer.

You can watch some of the printing process in the video above.

And here’s the final result…

The John Catt 2012 Christmas card

The John Catt 2012 Christmas card