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International Schools Journal now available in digital format May 31, 2013

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We are pleased to be able to offer the International Schools Journal (ISJ) in digital format.

The ISJ is published twice a year, in April and November, in partnership with ECIS. For more than 30 years it has been a unique source of articles on every aspect of international education.

The November 2012 and April 2013 issues are now available to download on Amazon Kindle.

For subscriptions to the printed copy of the journal, please visit our bookshop.

Anyone interested in contributing an article to the ISJ should contact editor Caroline Ellwood at carolineellwood@ecis.org.



Summer issue of International School magazine out now May 28, 2013

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The summer issue of International School (IS) magazine is available now, in print and online.

The theme for the issue is Caring for our students. You can read the e-zine online at www.is-mag.co.uk.

It includes coverage and photographs of the ECIS Leadership Conference in Berlin in April and the latest news, initiatives and developments in international education.

This issue will be the last as the official magazine of ECIS. The decision, made jointly by John Catt and ECIS, is entirely amicable and will enable us to broaden the scope and distribution of this magazine.

IS magazine, edited by Caroline Ellwood, is published three times a year. For advertising enquiries, contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

To subscribe to International School magazine, click here.

Summer in February May 24, 2013

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We are delighted to lend a hand to help promote a new film, written by one of our own authors: Summer in February, released on 14 June 2013.

Starring DanSiF Stevens (Downton Abbey), Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double) and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Summer in February is a true story about the charismatic anti-Modernist painter AJ Munnings at the heart of a complex love triangle.

The screenplay for the film was written by Jonathan Smith, based on his novel of the same name. Jonathan is a good friend of John Catt Educational: our imprint Peridot Press published his 2011 memoir The Following Game.

Summer in February focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, dominated by the charismatic AJ Munnings (Cooper). The incendiary Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain’s most sought-after artists, is at the heart of the love triangle, involving the young aspiring painter Florence Carter-Wood (Browning) and Gilbert Evans (Stevens), the land agent in charge of the Lamorna estate. Renowned painter Laura Knight is played by Hattie Morahan.

True – and deeply moving – the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the far West of England, beyond the reach of London and its stifling conventions.

More information about the film can be found via
Website: http://www.summerinfebruary.com/
Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Summer-in-February/
Follow on Twitter: @SummerInFeb

John Catt bookshop: 20% of all orders until May 31 May 24, 2013

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We had planned a special reader offer to celebrate the start of summer here in the UK.

As I look outside it’s pouring with rain, but we’ll plough ahead regardless!

Until May 31, we are offering 20% off everything (not including p&p) bought from our bookshop.

Just visit www.JohnCattBookshop.com, make your selections and enter the coupon code JCSUMMER when prompted during the checkout process to receive your discount.

Please look through the posts below to find details of our latest releases through John Catt Educational and our imprint, Peridot Press.

Please get in touch with any queries.

Conference & Common Room magazine turns 50 May 21, 2013

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The new issue of Conference & Common Room (C&CR) brings up a landmark anniversary for the magazine.

C&CR (then titled Conference) was first published in 1963, and the summer issue celebrates 50 years of the publication.

This retrospective issue looks back at five decades of the magazine, and also takes the opportunity to speculate on what the future may hold.

It provides fascinating insights into how the educational landscape has changed over the decades; while celebrating the values and good practice that remain as true today as they did in 1963.

In his introduction, editor Tom Wheare writes: “One of the salutary things about being editor of C&CR is the lesson that there is nothing new under the sun. Whatever whizzo scheme one may think of, look back through enough previous numbers and there it will be, the topic you thought that only your fertile mind had generated, marmorealised in cold print.

“Fortunately, being editor of C&CR is rather like being Beatrix Potter’s Taylor of Gloucester. A steady supply of well-crafted pieces of work appear on my computer screen at regular intervals, each with a buttonhole or two at the most remaining to be completed by a few final stitches in the editorial twist. Thus it was that two articles on school archives spontaneously appeared for inclusion in this distinctly retrospective issue.

“There are, however, quite a few commissioned articles here too, by way of birthday cards. Ian Beer was a Head before C&CR was born and is the senior Honorary Associate member of HMC, whilst John Blatchly, Jonty Driver, Nigel Richardson and Andrew Cunningham have all been editors of the magazine. The landscapes and portraits they paint fill in at least some of the back stories of the scene Conference & Common Room has sought to cover.”

You can read the new issue online at: www.candcr.co.uk

C&CR is published three times a year, at the start of each school term. If you are interested in contributing to the magazine, you can contact Editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com. Potential advertisers can contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

To subscribe to the magazine, visit our bookshop by clicking here.

Summer 2013 issue of Prep School magazine available now May 20, 2013

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The summer issue of Prep School magazine is available now – in print and online.

The magazine, produced in partnership with SATIPS (Support and Training in Prep Schools), will be arriving with schools and subscribers this week.

You can also read it online here: www.prepschoolmag.co.uk

This issue has a focus on ICT and encourages schools to use the summer term to consider the challenges that lie ahead.

In her welcome notes, editor Michele Kitto writes: “Now is an excellent time to look at the demands of the curriculum and to build in new experiences. The sustainability article (by Robin Davies, Barfield School) shares the sorts of discussions we should be having about how we can embed this philosophy into our schools. Or maybe it is time to go all iPad, or Google? What about developing a digital curriculum? Is it time to look again at your pupils’ emotional needs? How about doing something different to help the move from junior to senior school? Can phonics teaching be spiced up? Perhaps puppets could help in the classroom? Is handwriting being neglected?

“This issue is packed full of ideas to get your staffroom talking and thinking: use it to plan next year’s educational journey. On this journey you may need to change route or double back on yourself. You’ll almost certainly need to take detours – and the odd risk. I am afraid your satnav won’t work. But the view when you get there will be fantastic.”

Prep School is published three times a year. Potential contributors can contact editor Michèle Kitto 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.

New book offers expert advice on teaching ESL students May 17, 2013

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We are very pleased to introduce a new title to our catalogue: Breaking through the language barrier.

The book, written by Patricia Mertin, has the strapline ‘Effective strategies for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) students in secondary school mainstream classes’.

Breaking through the language barrier provides strategies and practical advice that teachers can use every day in the classroom to help ESL students understand and get to grips with their subject.

It includes advice on using textbooks, cultural differences, realistic timescales for learning, using language and grammar that is easy to understand, and chapters on teaching specific subjects.

Patricia has taught ESL students at the International School of Dusseldorf, where she is Mother Tongue co-ordinator and chair of the EAL department for grades 6-12, since 1993.

The book has a foreword written by Maurice Carder, former head of ESL and Mother Tongue department at Vienna International School, and is the first in John Catt’s new World Class Schools series.

To order a copy of Breaking through the language barrier, please visit our bookshop.

The Schoolmaster enters the digital age May 16, 2013

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The Schoolmaster


The Schoolmaster – Arthur Christopher Benson’s classic account of school life at the turn of the 20th century – has now been published as an eBook.

Published by our imprint Peridot Press in both hardback and paperback, it is now available to download on Amazon Kindle.

The Schoolmaster was originally published in 1902. It provides a fascinating insight into the profession, much of which still rings true today.

Benson was born at Wellington College, educated at Eton and Cambridge and spent his life and career at both. He also had a successful career outside of education; he was the editor of Queen Victoria’s letters, a lyricist and a prolific diary writer.

The foreword is written by Tony Little, Head Master of Eton College. He writes: “Benson was a man of many parts, but above all he was a consumate schoolmaster, dedicated, stimulating, idealistic yet wise to the ways of the world, and more importantly to the wiles and needs of teenage schoolboys. His book The Schoolmaster is personal and idiosyncratic and remains one of the best accounts of schoolmastering that has been written. I am delighted to see this work back in print, which for A C Benson is the most fitting memorial.”

To download the eBook, visit its page on the Amazon Kindle Store.

John Catt at The Bookseller Industry Awards May 15, 2013

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Here’s a line-up of the John Catt team at The Bookseller Industry Awards on Monday night.

Chairman Jonathan Evans, information director Christine Evans, production manager James Rudge, account executive Rachael Ling and I made the trip to the London Hilton on Park Lane for the event.

We were shortlisted in the new Independent Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year category but unfortunately returned to Suffolk empty-handed, with the trophy going to Edward Elgar Publishing.

We were delighted to be shortlisted, however, and enjoyed an excellent night, particularly as our new friends at SkanTrans-PSL won The Supply Chain Innovation Award.

For a full rundown of the results, see The Bookseller website. Let’s hope we can go one better next year!


Mobile website for COBIS conference delegates May 15, 2013

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We were pleased to be part of the COBIS Annual Conference at the Park Plaza Hotel in Victoria, London at the weekend.

It was a great opportunity to exhibit our titles and meet delegates from COBIS schools around the globe.

There was an excellent mix of speakers, seminar leaders and workshops as well as a busy exhibition area over the three days. Congratulations to executive director Colin Bell and his team for putting on such a successful event. 

As last year, John Catt produced the official conference brochure. This year, we were also asked to produce a mobile website to connect those attending the conference with other delegates and exhibitors.

You can see the conference website at: www.johncatt.com/cobis/index.html.

We are delighted to have such an excellent relationship with COBIS and look forward to working together on future projects. We are very pleased that COBIS will be supporting a forthcoming book, edited by Estelle Tarry and Anna Cox, on Teaching Assistants in International Schools, due for release later this year.