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the gap-year guidebook 2014: Now published! November 28, 2013

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We are delighted to announce the publication of the gap-year guidebook 2014.

This popular guidebook is now in its 22nd year and provides information, help and advice for anyone considering taking time out to spend travelling, working, volunteering or studying at home or abroad.

The guidebook is organised into 12 chapters: Tips for Travellers; Finance; Career Breaks and Older Gappers; Travelling and Accommodation; Working Abroad; Volunteering Abroad; Learning Abroad: Sport; Working in the UK; Volunteering in the UK; and Further Study.

Our preface, written by Richard Oliver, chief executive of the Year Out Group, explains why gap-years are ‘back in vogue’…

“Gap-years are back in vogue with a significant increase in the number of people applying for projects reversing the downward trend of the past three years. While people of all ages now take time out and use the services of gap-year organisations, it is still those aged 18 to 24 that form over 70% of the gap-year market and of these the majority are school leavers. This is group that was most affected by the significant rise in tuition fees that was announced by the Government in 2010 and came into effect in 2012.

“Such was the scale of the increase in 2012 that teachers, career advisers and parents understandably urged students to forego their plans for a gap-year and secure their place at university by 2011. The hiatus stretched into 2012 as school leavers were undecided about whether to go to university or straight into employment. A year on and the situation is much clearer. Students are considering their options more carefully and once again their advisers are encouraging them to at least consider the benefits of taking a gap-year.”

The guidebook is supported by the www.gap-year.com website, which includes a wealth of gap-year information. It has been fully updated for 2014 and we’ll continue to do so throughout the year.

To order a copy of the gap-year guidebook 2014, then click here.

For anything else regarding the guidebook, including any feedback or enquiries, please feel free to contact the editor via jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com


New book launched at ECIS Annual Conference in Amsterdam November 26, 2013

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Our three-strong team of Jonathan Barnes, Madeleine Anderson and Derek Bingham are now back in the office after four days in Amsterdam attending and exhibiting at the ECIS Annual Conference.

The team have reported back on a vibrant event, with a full and interesting programme of speakers and workshops attended by motivated delegates from around the world. Thanks to Jean Vahey and all her colleagues at the European Council for International Schools for putting on another excellent event. We look forward to the Leadership Conference in Seville in April.

While in Amsterdam, we took the opportunity to gather together some of the contributors to our recent book Teaching Assistants in International Schools to say thank you for all their hard work.

The photo below shows Colin Bell, executive director of COBIS, sponsors of the book, alongside Estelle Tarry, co-editor.

Co-editor Estelle Tarry and Colin Bell of COBIS at the launch of Teaching Assistants in International Schools

Co-editor Estelle Tarry and Colin Bell of COBIS at the launch of Teaching Assistants in International Schools

Managing MIL book launch November 15, 2013

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The latest release from Peridot Press, Managing Mother-in-Law, was launched at a well-attended evening in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, on Tuesday evening.

Click here for a report of the evening from the Shropshire Star, complete with photos…

MIL launch

Alex Sharratt, Peridot Press (l); author Katy Rink (c); Siobhan Connor, Connor PR (r)

Mother-in-law book to be released by Peridot Press, featured by Mail Online November 11, 2013

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Our imprint Peridot Press is preparing for the launch of an exciting new title – a humorous look at the relationship between daughters-in-law and mothers-in law.

Managing MIL: You and your Mother-in-Law – for better, or for worse? by Katy Rink is released on November 18.

We’re pleased to report a busy trade in pre-orders and also this excellent feature on the book which appeared on the Mail Online site.

The book is written by journalist and daughter-in-law Katy Rink. It offers top tips for ‘managing’ your mother-in-law, funny stories, top advice from relationship experts and a selection of hilarious caricatures. There is also a recipe for a special ‘Mother-in-Law’ cocktail.

Much of the content of the book was gleaned from stories told at secretive ‘DIL Clubs’ held in the author’s hometown.

The book will be officially launched at Drapers Hall in Shrewsbury on Tuesday, November 12, from 7.30pm.

For more information or to order a copy, please visit our bookshop.

You can follow Managing MIL on Twitter at twitter.com/Managing MIL.

2014 edition marks start of new era for Which School? directory November 5, 2013

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Which School

The 2014 edition of Which School? has now been published.

This prestigious directory of independent schools is in its 89th edition but boasts a fresh new look for 2014. It is now in A4 landscape format with a hardback cover.

We also believe the new look gives a fantastic platform for schools to promote themselves to prospective parents, with the opportunity for a full page A4 photograph. We have been thrilled at some of the stunning pictures provided, from busy and vibrant classrooms to picturesque school settings.

Which School pic

Which School? has been helping families make the right choices for their children’s education since 1924. The current edition includes details of more than 1,800 UK independent schools.

As well as the printed book, it is supported by a fantastic eBook and the www.which-school.co.uk website.

To mark the start of this new era for Which School? we have sent a complimentary copy to selected schools, as well as to a distribution network that includes educational libraries, British embassies, consulates and high commissions, foreign embassies in the UK, British Forces’ libraries, educational departments, overseas agents, relocation agencies and the HR departments of top British companies.

In the picture above right, editor Jon Barnes and copy clerk Ian Morphew look at the end product of many months’ hard work leading up to publication of the book. We’d like to thank all the schools we’ve worked with this year.

If you would like to order a copy of Which School? please visit our bookshop.

If you are a school and would like to talk to us about possible inclusion in the 2015 edition or any of our other guidebooks, or for any other enquiries please call 01394 389850 or email enquiries@johncatt.com.

Likewise, if you are a school who has not received your complimentary copy, please get in touch.

November 2013 issue of International Schools Journal now available November 5, 2013

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

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

Copies will be sent to subscribers and ECIS member schools who have asked to receive the publication in printed form. We will also have copies at our stand at the ECIS Annual Conference in Amsterdam later this month.

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 includes the following articles:

Striking the balance: Promoting the rule of law and the role of education in the work of the United Nations, Patricia O’ Brien

Supporting the professional development of teaching assistants in an international context, Estelle Tarry & Anna Cox

No data left behind, Ed Hagen & Jon Nordmeyer

Providing exceptional educational experiences to students with financial need: A modern challenge for international K-12 Schools, Stefanos Gialamas & Peggy Pelonis

The future of the librarian as a meta-data specialist, Tamatha Bibbo & Roberto d’Erizans

Using energizers to enhance memory recall in grade 8, Josselyn J van der Pol

Globally-minded students:defining, measuring and developing intercultural sensitivity, Simon Taylor

Curriculum for global citizenship, William G Huitt

The teacher’s managed heart in an international school setting, Sudha Sunder

Historical vignette – Dr T Michael Maybury, Niall Nelson

Book reviews

Mind your Head
An Emotional Intelligence Guide for School Leaders By David Boddy
Reviewed by Terry Haywood

Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good By James Davies
Reviewed by Richard Pearce

Estelle Morris on Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum November 4, 2013

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Our fantastic new book Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum has been positively received by Estelle Morris, former Secretary of State for Education and Skills.

“The contributors are people who understand the realities of primary education yet retain that spark of imagination and creativity about what might be possible. The book will provide that most important of opportunities to share good practice and debate with others. I’ve no doubt that minds and opinions will be changed by these contributions.”

In recent days two local authorities in the UK have ordered copies of the book for every one of their primary schools.

Customers who purchase the book via our own website will also receive a free printed copy of The National Curriculum 2014 Framework for KS1 and KS2.

More info here: http://johncattbookshop.com/Taking_Forward_the_Primary_Curriculum-details.aspx

John Catt Educational 2014 catalogue published November 4, 2013

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Our 2014 catalogue has now been published, incorporating our entire book list and including new and forthcoming titles.

You can view an e-version of the catalogue by clicking here.

The catalogue also includes titles from our imprint Peridot Press.

New release from John Catt: Teaching Assistants in International Schools November 1, 2013

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We are very pleased to announce the publication of Teaching Assistants in International Schools.

This new book is published in partnership with COBIS (the Council of British International Schools) and edited by Dr Estelle Tarry and Dr Anna Cox, from the University of Northampton.

It takes the form collaborative collection of edited essays that offers support and guidance to teaching assistants and has the subtitle: ‘Much more than cutting, sticking and washing up paint pots’.

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 can be ordered by visiting our bookshop.