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Effective Governance launched at FASNA Summer Conference June 28, 2013

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, New releases.
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DSC_6302John Catt Educational Chairman Jonathan Evans and I were delighted to be at the FASNA Summer Conference yesterday at the British Library, the perfect venue to celebrate the release of our latest publication.

Effective Governance, a joint venture between FASNA and John Catt Educational, is a practical workbook with case studies and real examples of how good governance can help schools on the road to ‘outstanding’. More information can be found on the post below.

Editor Joan Binder, East of England Governor of the Year in 2007 and chair of governors of a large 11 – 18 secondary converter academy in Essex, took to the stage to thank the contributors of case studies to the book, many of whom were in the audience and were presented with their copy.

DSC_6230Meanwhile, Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove MP (right) and his shadow cabinet counterpart Stephen Twigg MP (below left), taking part in a Q&A on the future of autonomy in state schools, both also took the opportunity to state their admiration for the new publication and their belief that it would play a role in helping implement outstanding governance.

The Conference was a lively debate with Gove and Twigg pressed by Heads on a number of pertinent matters relating to: funding; Local Authorities; governance; terms and conditions for teachers; and future policy.

Effective Governance can be purchased via the John Catt Bookshop, Amazon and other leading bookstores. It is also available on Amazon Kindle.

Effective Governance: is your governing body prepared for the challenge? June 24, 2013

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases.
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Pages from FASNA coverDo you know how school inspectors will be judging effectiveness? Have you considered how you can demonstrate the effectiveness of your governing body?

The latest publication from our blossoming partnership with leading association FASNA, Effective Governance, edited by Joan Binder, is published this week.

This new guide takes a practical approach, with key questions, key actions and key information supported by case studies of good practice from a wide variety of schools. It provides schools with support and guidance in undertaking the responsibilities of governance.

Each section links to the new Ofsted criteria, provides readers with an understanding of ‘effectiveness’ and a framework of questions and actions which they can use to review their current practice and focus on professional development as a governing body.

The case studies are centred on a key question from the relevant section and provide readers with a ‘live’ example of how a school is demonstrating effectiveness.

Case study authors include:

  • Roy Blackwell, from Westminster City School, London;
  • Simon Burton, Dulwich Hamlet Junior School, London;
  • Margaret Aust, Humphrey Perkins School, Leicestershire;
  • Steve Barker, Collingwood College, Surrey;
  • Hayley Trowbridge, Plume School, Maldon;
  • Richard Barnard, Robinswood Primary, Gloucester;
  • Brian Whitfield and Debbie Clinton, Nunthorpe Academy, Middlesbrough;
  • Jayne Harrison and Arthur Goldstraw, Violet Way Academy, Staffordshire;
  • David Wilson, Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, Nottinghamshire;
  • Chris Thornton, Maldon Primary School, Essex;
  • Diana McLeod, Maltings Academy, Witham, Essex
  • Kevin Eveleigh, Barnby Road Primary Academy, Newark, Nottinghamshire
  • Laurence Upton, school governor and HR professional;
  • Mike Griffiths, Samworth Church Academy, Mansfield;
  • Stuart Warrener, Midsomer Norton Schools Partnership, Avon;
  • Jane Aukett, Tollbar Academy/Cleethorpes Academy, North East Lincolnshire
  • Charlie Grant, Southwark Primary School, Nottingham

As Tom Clark CBE, chair, FASNA, writes in his foreword to the book:

“The demands being made of governors with regard to their role, responsibilities and skills are increasing. Effective Governance is written by governors and is primarily for governors. Each case study describes how governors at the frontline have responded to the accountability requirements that are now being made by government and Ofsted. Schools cannot be judged ‘outstanding’ for leadership unless there is effective governance.

“The educational landscape has changed fundamentally since May 2010 and challenges the emotional, intellectual and political antennae of all governors in ways that may not be comfortable but the fact is that greater professional capacity is required of governors at the very highest strategic level. The culture of a largely one-school perspective for most governors is becoming a need for multi-school perspectives. Welcome or otherwise, Local Authority services and support are reduced.

“This guide can be used as a stand-alone support for governors; it can be used as part of ongoing professional development programmes for governors offered by FASNA; or it can be used for governors to develop their own bespoke training programmes perhaps with FASNA support. Effective Governance can only be a contribution to supporting governors but it is immensely well grounded and practical.”

Effective Governance is available from the John Catt Bookshop for £10.

Breaking Through The Language Barrier now available as eBook June 21, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, John Catt Educational news.
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Our new title Breaking Through The Language Barrier is now available as an eBook on the Amazon Kindle Store.

We’ve been delighted with sales of the printed book and we’re pleased to now offer this excellent publication in digital format.

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

It outlines 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 gives 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 had a long and distinguished career teaching ESL students, most recently at the International School of Dusseldorf in Germany.

To buy the eBook, go to the Kindle Store.

For the printed copy, visit our bookshop.