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Have a look at our updated catalogue February 28, 2013

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Our catalogue has been fully updated, and includes a rundown of forthcoming releases.

Have a look at the electronic version by following this link:


For anything to do with any of our publications, please get in touch.

The gap-year guidebook featured on US job site February 26, 2013

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gap-year guidebook 2013

I was very pleased to be interviewed by US site JobMonkey.com about the gap-year guidebook 2013 and www.gap-year.com.

The US market for gap-years is growing – although some way behind the UK – and more students are looking to take some time out before furthering their education or starting work.

Kevin at JobMonkey.com – a website which has been helping young people find seasonal work, summer jobs and internships since 1999 – said a high percentage of visitors to the site were searching for ‘job adventures’ or working abroad options, and so he had a few questions for us about gap-year trends.

You can find the Q&A here: http://www.jobmonkey.com/reviews/barnes-gap-year.html

To buy a copy of the gap-year guidebook, visit our bookshop. eBooks are also available from Amazon Kindle.

For any other enquiries, email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com

New release: John Catt’s Preparatory Schools 2013 February 14, 2013

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John Catt's Guide to Preparatory Schools 2013

We are pleased to announce the publication of John Catt’s Preparatory Schools 2013.

The 16th edition of this popular guidebook includes details of more than 1500 independent preparatory and junior schools in the UK.

There are also profiles of more than 50 schools and important advice and information for parents choosing schools for their children.

This year’s editorial includes a foreword by Nicholas Allen, 2012/13 chairman of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS).

Other articles include:

–Scott Carnochan, Headmaster of Sedbergh Junior School, on the benefits on boarding.

–Prudence Lynch, Head of Kensington Prep School, on balancing tradition with new technology.

–Kevin Doble, chair of the IAPS Sports Committee, with some advice for parents on choosing a sport-focused school.

–Michael Connolly, Headmaster of Cranmore School, on his school’s ethos of ‘sports for all’.

–Michele Kitto, editor of Prep School magazine, on how art contributes to prep school education.

To order a copy of the guidebook, please visit our bookshop. For all other enquiries, please email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com.

Book contributors to speak at Youth Sport Trust conference February 4, 2013

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Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools

The Youth Sport Trust holds its 2013 conference this week with speakers including Olympic champion Jonathan Edwards and chair of UK Sport Baroness Sue Campbell, both of whom contributed to our book, Physical Education and Sport in Independent Schools, released last year.

The conference takes place at the Telford International Centre on Wednesday and Thursday, with the theme: ‘Sport changes lives: learn, lead, inspire’. It will be attended by headteachers, directors of specialism, senior leaders and PE practitioners.

Edwards, who still holds the world record for triple jump, is due to be speaking on inspirational teachers, which is set to draw on the key themes of his Inspiring Ambition chapter in the John Catt Educational publication, which was edited by Malcolm Tozer.

His essay recalls his days at West Buckland School in Devon, and the debt of gratitude he owes to the school’s then-director of physical education, Laurence Whittal-Williams.

Baroness Campbell contributed an essay on Sport and Positive Youth Development. Other contributors to the book include Rugby World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward, Paralympic champion Baroness Grey-Thompson and Olympic 400m medallist Roger Black.

For more details about the book, see this full chapter list, or this Q&A with Malcolm Tozer. To order a copy, go to our bookshop.

The book is accompanied by a website, www.peandsports.co.uk, which lists every current and former independent school pupil who has gone on to represent his country at international level from 2000 onwards, and a supplementary chapter by Malcolm Tozer on the impact of privately-educated sportspeople at the London 2012 Olympics.

John Catt Educational at BSME annual conference February 1, 2013

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Learning and Teaching about Islam

John Catt’s managing director Jonathan Evans is preparing to fly to Amman, Jordan, for the annual conference of the British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) organisation.

The conference takes place from February 5-8 and brings together school leaders from across the region. It features business sessions and speakers including Ian Livingstone, Professor John West-Burnham and David Hargreaves.

If you are attending the conference, please look out for Jonathan on the John Catt exhibition stand. We will be promoting some of our new publications, including Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding (above), edited by Dr Caroline Ellwood, and Taking the International Primary Curriculum Forward.

We are pleased to be associate members of BSME, which is one of the largest organisations for British Curriculum schools in the world, with over 70 member schools educating over 60,000 children in 13 countries and employing over 5,000 teachers.