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New issue of International School (is) magazine out now – online and in print September 24, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in International education, Magazines.
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The autumn issue of International School (is) magazine is out now – and will be distributed to more schools than ever before.

Copies are currently being sent out to schools and subscribers – and the e-zine is available to read at www.is-mag.co.uk.

The new issue, which has a focus on the independent education sector in China, marks the start of a new era for is.

The magazine no longer appears as an official publication of ECIS, following a 15-year association. This, says publishing director Derek Bingham in his comment piece, is a ‘an amicable decision, taken jointly, and one that recognises two realities…

‘One is a need for ECIS to have dedicated channels for the increasing amount of information it needs to communicate to members. The other is a rapidly expanding international schools sector and the need for International School (is) magazine to cater for their diverse needs. Over the years the world of education has changed rapidly, making it increasingly difficult for the magazine to do the job for which it was originally founded.

‘The magazine’s role now will be to provide more coverage for more schools. Heads of ECIS schools will continue to receive their copies of is but it will go to many other international schools too. Links will be forged with organisations worldwide. There will be news and pictures of their activities; an extended calendar; regular coverage of curricular matters; and in-depth focuses. But it is readers’ ideas and experiences that continue to be vital.

‘As the pace of change increases so does running an international school become more specialised and complex. The skills and knowledge of those involved in governance, academic or business management, common rooms, extracurricular activities, strategies, marketing and the many activities that go into running a successful international school need to be shared. Happily that is the nature of those who work in them, and is magazine will continue to be there to help them share.’

Dr Caroline Ellwood remains the editor of is, and she is currently putting together the January edition, which has a theme of ‘Crossing the Divides’. If you would like to contribute, her email address is editor@is-mag.co.uk.

For subscriptions to is, please visit our bookshop.

For any advertising enquiries, please contact Madeleine Anderson on manderson@johncatt.com or 01394 389855.

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