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Summer issue of Academy magazine out now – in print and online April 30, 2013

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The summer 2013 issue of Academy magazine is out now and will be sent to schools and subscribers this week.

You can also read the e-zine by visiting www.academymag.co.uk.

The magazine, produced in partnership with FASNA, is sent to every academy and free school in the UK.

The new issue comes with a free copy of John Catt’s School Suppliers Guide 2013/14 – a directory of nearly 3,000 companies offering products and services to schools. You can read more about the guide by visiting this earlier blog post.

As ever, Academy is packed with articles on key topics affecting schools who have achieved academy status or who are in the process of conversion. Editor Peter Beaven has assembled a great mix of contributors to write on issues including: training, induction and pay; curriculum and teaching; leadership and conversion; and funding.

There is also the latest news from FASNA, including a report of the Spring Conference, and chairman Tom Clark delivers a damning critique of the Academies Commission report.

Academy is published three times a year. To contribute to upcoming issues, contact Peter Beaven at editor@academymag.co.uk. Potential advertisers can contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

For subscriptions to Academy magazine, visit our bookshop.

John Catt’s School Suppliers Guide 2013/14 – how to get your free copy April 29, 2013

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Suppliers Guide 2013

We are pleased to announce that John Catt’s School Suppliers Guide 2013/14 is now available.

This guidebook has been relaunched for 2013/14 to recognise the growing number of academies and free schools in the UK and the increased buying power of school managers and procurement departments.

The 216-page publication is FREE and will be sent out with copies of the summer issue of Academy magazine this week.

It includes details of nearly 3000 companies offering important and innovative products and services to schools. It is divided into distinct categories to help schools quickly and easily find what they are looking for.

The School Suppliers Guide should be in the postbag of every academy and free school with their copy of Academy magazine, but if you have not received a copy, if you would like further copies, or for any other enquiries please email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com.

Peridot new releases available as eBooks April 26, 2013

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Calcutta Song and Lipika

Calcutta Song and Lipika, two new titles published by our imprint Peridot Press, are now available as eBooks on Amazon Kindle.

Calcutta Song is Joe Winter’s account of 12 years living in the Bengali city (now known as Kolkata) between 1994 and 2006. It provides a vivid insight into the city, its people and its customs. 

Lipika is Joe Winter’s new translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic collection of prose poems, short stories and vignettes, which was first published in 1922. Tagore (1861-1941) wrote more than 200 books and his powerful and influential work has long been cherished in his homeland.

Joe Winter is a British teacher, writer and poet who has built a reputation for translating Indian poets such as Tagore and Jibanananda Das.

To order the Calcutta Song eBook, click here.

To order the Lipika eBook, click here.

For printed copies, please visit our bookshop.

New release: Which London School? & the South-East 2013/14 April 24, 2013

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The 2013/14 edition of Which London School? & the South-East has now been published.

It is the 24th edition of this long-standing guidebook, which brings together information on more than 1500 schools in Central and Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire, including day, boarding and nursery schools, as well as specialist and sixth form schools and colleges.

You will find profiles of leading schools in the region, practical advice on choosing a school and information on curriculum and examinations, as well as editorial from leading figures in the independent school sector.

This year’s editorial includes:

  • Foreword by Barnaby Lenon, chairman of the Independent Schools Council
  • Vivienne Durham, Headmistress of Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park, on the London Schools Fee Assistance Campaign
  • Founder and headteacher Mogg Hercules on 35 years of Dallington School
  • A practical guide to the London school run, by Transport for London
  • Mumsnet on preparing your child for secondary school

For more information on Which London School? & the South East, email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com

To order a copy of the guide, click here.

Calcutta Song and Lipika published by Peridot Press April 22, 2013

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Calcutta Song and Lipika

Our imprint Peridot Press has published two new titles: Calcutta Song by Joe Winter; and the same author’s new translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s classic Lipika.

Joe Winter is a British teacher, writer and poet who has previously translated works of great Indian poets such as Tagore and Jabinananda Das.

His 12 years living in Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), from 1994, inspired him to write Calcutta Song, a vivid and atmospheric account of daily life in his new surroundings. It has the strapline ‘Life, love and learning in a city of dreams’.

The narrative takes the reader through Winter’s forays into teaching, journalism and poetry while he gains an insight into what it means to be a Kolkatan.

As well as a personal journey, Calcutta Song is a wide-ranging encounter with some of the forces that have made and make India what it is.

Lipika is a collection of prose poems, short stories and vignettes and was first published in 1922. It has long been cherished by the Bengali people and is now available in clear and direct translation in English.

Tagore (1861-1941) wrote about 200 books and Lipika (roughly translated as ‘Brief Pieces’) comes at about the midpoint in his output. He became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913 although his elegant prose and magical poetry remain largely unknown outside Bengal.

Gitanjali (Song Offerings)Gora (Fair-Faced), and Ghare-Baire (The Home and the World) are his best-known works, but Lipika stands up in comparison to all three.

To order Calcutta Song and Lipika, visit our bookshop.

For more information about Peridot Press, go to www.peridot.co.uk

New Peridot Press website launched April 17, 2013

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The new website of our imprint, Peridot Press, has been launched today, at www.peridot.co.uk.

Please have a look!

The new site features information on our existing Peridot titles – including Jonathan Smith’s The Following Game and our 2011 reprint of A.C. Benson’s The Schoolmaster – and news of new releases, such as a new translation, by Joe Winter, of Rabindranath Tagore’s Lipika.

We aim to use Peridot Press to publish high quality writing across a variety of genres, including fiction. Our tastes are eclectic and our only prerequisite is that our books should enlighten and inspire our readers.

We are committed to quality design and editorial excellence and we will be producing books in print and digital format.

Keep an eye on the site for news of forthcoming releases.

We welcome the submission of high quality manuscripts and we’re happy to discuss ideas. We take pride in helping new and talented authors in the publishing of their work.

To get in touch, email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com or go through the Contact page on the Peridot website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

April 2013 issue of International Schools Journal out now April 16, 2013

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The April 2013 issue of the International Schools Journal is available now.

This highly respected journal is published in partnership with ECIS and features articles from leading figures in international education.

Copies will be sent to ECIS member schools who have asked to receive the publication in printed form.

If you are an ECIS member school who would like to receive the ISJ in printed form and have not requested for new issues to be sent to you, please email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com and we will make the necessary arrangements. For subscription enquiries, click here.

The new issue of the ISJ includes the following articles:

A new language for culture, identity and values, Richard Pearce

The World Studies Extended Essay: challenging students on global issues, Angela Rivière

Finding the value of X: re-exploring the influence of teachers’ interpersonal qualities on learning, Paul Crowhurst

The Master of Teaching at the University of Melbourne: a clinical model for pre-service teacher preparation, Melody Anderson & Rannah Scamporlino

Professional learning with quantifiable classroom interaction data, Paul Magnuson

Fostering criticality for the iGeneration, Lodewijk van Oord & Ken Corn

Educational and online technologies and the way we learn, Lawrence Burke

A theatre for action: adopting the Khan Academy in support of a classroom model in the MYP, Eoin Lenihan

Describing the dynamic nature of mathematics as a cultural product, M Sencer Corlu

Education beyond frontiers: early signs of international mindedness, Ian Hill & Caroline Ellwood

Historical vignette – Fifty years of development: The American School of Barcelona, Robin Berting

Book reviews

Internationalizing Teacher Education in the United States, edited by Beverly Shaklee & Supriya Baily.
Reviewed by James Cambridge

Taking the IPC Forward, edited by Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson. Reviewed by Lesley Snowball

ECIS Leadership Conference in Berlin April 10, 2013

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We’ve recently returned from the ECIS Leadership Conference in Berlin, an excellent event that inspired plenty of ideas and discussion.

There was lots of interest in the publications at our stand, and we were pleased to have the chance to speak to school leaders from across the world, as well as a chance to see the sights of one of the most historic cities in Europe.

The new issue of the International Schools Journal, in partnership with ECISwill shortly be published. Copies will be sent to those ECIS member schools who have asked to receive the publication in printed form.

If you are an ECIS member school who would like to receive the ISJ in printed form and have not requested for new issues to be sent to you, please email me at jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com and we will make the necessary arrangements.

The summer issue of International School (IS) magazine will follow shortly afterwards.

For more information about the magazine and for the archive of past issues, go to www.is-mag.co.uk