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New release from John Catt: Glimpses of Utopia October 31, 2013

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The regional conference of the International Baccalaureate in The Hague at the weekend saw the launch of Glimpses of Utopia, the new book by George Walker, former director general of the IB.

In this collection of autobiographical essays, the author describes some defining moments in his distinguished career in education.

In schools, of course, but also in the harvest fields of Essex and the Paleolithic cave at Lascaux; behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia; on the alpine ski slopes;  in the concert hall and in the footsteps of Cecil Rhodes in southern Africa; in Baghdad and in Bosnia, there have been many unexpected lessons to learn.

As the author explains in his preface: “My purpose is to prompt debate rather than to programme action and the reader is invited to engage with the vignettes rather like an art lover might move between the pictures in an exhibition.”

George Walker was director general of the IB from 1999 to 2006 and was also visiting professor at the University of Bath.

To order a copy of Glimpses of Utopia and other titles by George Walker, please visit our bookshop.

New release from John Catt: Lifting Our Heads October 22, 2013

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Lifting Our Heads

We are very pleased to announce the publication of our new book Lifting Our Heads.

This excellent book, written by Alex McGrath, Head of King’s Ely Senior, has the subtitle ‘The challenge facing our schools: a call to arms for the independent sector’.

It is based on the challenge facing schools from the rise of the ‘educational consumer’ – parents who know what they want and expect value for their money, and asks, in a time of austerity, how schools can continue to deliver the best education money can buy.

The author travelled the length and breadth of England to canvass the views of his colleagues on these issues. With remarkable honesty, these Headteachers share their views about the challenges facing the independent sector: from Government attacks, Press misrepresentation, demanding parents, and rising prices.

What emerges is a vivid picture of the diversity and challenge of leading schools today. While encouraging Heads, the author also calls on governors and staff to engage with this challenge, support their leaders, and help them to demonstrate the energy, courage, creativity and integrity to sustain schools that are the envy of the world.

Lifting Our Heads has already received national newspaper coverage in The Daily Telegraph.

There have also been some excellent testimonials. Gerry Holden, Headmaster of Dover College and Chairman of The Society of Heads’ professional development committee, wrote: “This book should be on the reading list of every Head, bursar and chairman of governors.”

And Sue Freestone, Principal of King’s Ely, writes in the Preface to the book: “It is refreshing to read something that says it as it is. For a serving Head, reading this book is like a breath of cool air on a sultry day.”

To order Lifting Our Heads, please visit our bookshop.


Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum October 18, 2013

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Taking forward the PC

We are delighted to announce the publication of Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum.

This new book, in partnership with the National Education Trust (NET), looks ahead to the new National Curriculum which primary schools will be expected to adopt in September 2014.

The book is edited by Roy Blatchford, Director of the NET, and the authors’ reflections come from varying perspectives: teachers, Headteachers, directors of foundations and leading thinkers on education.

Contributors include: Kate Atkins; Roy Blatchford; Tim Coulson; Kate Dethridge; Professor Deborah Eyre; Kate Frood; Dr Neil Hawkes; Richard Howard; Peter Hyman; Pamela Matty; Chris Nourse; Katy Peters; Laurence Pitt; Will Power; Jane Ratcliffe; Dave Smith; Rob Stokoe; Kathy Wood; and Chris Yapp.

Each order for this book comes with a FREE printed copy of The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 framework document, published by the DfE in September 2013.

You can order the Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum here.

John Catt Educational in Accra, Ghana October 18, 2013

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, International education.
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Today I am in Accra, Ghana for the annual conference of the Association of International Schools in Africa.

John Catt Educational joined the AISA last year as an associate member, to support the vibrant and growing community of quality international schools in Africa and ensure that they are kept fully informed of all our publications.

The annual conference in Accra promises to be an excellent opportunity to meet teachers and leaders at some of the most exciting and diverse schools in the world. The programme of speakers is truly impressive.

Teaching Assistants in International Schools October 15, 2013

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9781908095947We’re delighted to announce that we have just sent to the printers our latest book  for the international education sector.

Published in partnership with COBIS (the Council of British International Schools), Teaching Assistants in International Schools is a collaborative collection of edited essays that offers support and guidance to those in this crucial role.

The number and variety of international schools around the world is increasing at a remarkable rate. As it does so, the role of the teaching assistant in their classrooms is also undergoing change and expansion.

TAs are increasingly recognised as a valuable resource. Where once the focus was on support tasks such as photocopying, tidying up and cleaning paint pots, increasingly the potential of TAs to support learning is being recognised and the role has developed into a diverse teaching and support position.

Effective TAs impact on classroom engagement, classroom control, pastoral care, peer relationships, teachers stress levels, individual attention, positive approach to learning, and, ultimately, academic achievement.

The reflections of the contributors in this book come from varying perspectives. All understand the realities of the TA role yet retain a spark of imagination and creativity about what might be possible. Case studies are included from TAs in a variety of schools, many affiliated to the Council of British International Schools.

Contributors include: Ken Bland; Helen Bradley-Jones; Anna Cox; Julie Jones; Joanne Marshall; Rebecca Portsmouth; Andrew Smith; Estelle Tarry; Wendy Turner; Christine Williams; and Wendy Yarnall. The foreword is written by Colin Bell, Executive Director of the Council of British International Schools.

Teaching Assistants in International Schools will be published on October 31 but can be pre-ordered for £12.99 via our bookshop at www.johncattbookshop.com