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John Catt Educational at the IB Asia Conference 2014 March 20, 2014

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Conferences, International education.
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We are delighted to be exhibiting at the IB Asia Conference 2014 in Singapore this week. Our partnership with the IB goes back 10 years or so and we are very proud to be the official publishers of the IB World Schools Yearbook. If you are lucky to be in Singapore at the conference, do pop by our stand and say hello. We have some fantastic professional development titles relevant to IB schools and my colleagues Derek and Jonathan will be delighted to talk you through them.


The Restless School – Roy Blatchford March 18, 2014

Posted by lauracgreen in Conferences, eBooks and digital publishing, Education, Independent Education, International education, John Catt Educational news, Leading Schools of the 21st Century, Marketing, New releases, Special Educational Needs, Uncategorized.
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What is the cocktail of successful schools and their leaders? They are restless. There is a paradox at their core: they are very secure in their systems, values and successes, yet simultaneously seeking to change and improve. These schools look inwards to secure wise development; they look outwards to seize innovation which they can hew to their own ends and, importantly, make a difference to the children and students they serve.restless

This book is written with the certainty that whatever the quality of an education system and its schools at a given point in time, we shall strive to improve them, in the knowledge that perfection lies just around the corner. That is the human condition. That is the international imperative. That is the restless school.

  • What is the cocktail of success in memorable classrooms and great schools?
  • What powers the engine of The Restless School?
  • Should we judge schools by their values added or their value-added?
  • Why do schools falter and fail?
  • What might Excellence As Standard look like across global school systems?
  • What does the 21st century have in store for schools and school leaders?

Rooted in the experience of decades of education leadership, Roy Blatchford answers these key questions as schools everywhere seek to be world-class.


“In this thought provoking book Roy Blatchford draws on 40 years of wide ranging experience within the UK and international education systems in order to capture the essence of successful schools. The image of schools which are ‘restless to improve’ – never complacent, however successful, founded on a ‘crucible of values’ – provides a deeply positive and optimistic vision of a thriving and confident education service. So often opportunities for busy school leaders to lead their schools with confidence are constrained by immediate and externally imposed pressures. This book provides a valuable opportunity for school leaders to challenge those constraints by reflecting on what really matters.”
Brian Lightman, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders

“Blatchford sets teachers, schools and their leaders a standard that’s terrifying in prospect, yet assuredly attainable if we can just maintain our courage, commitment and determination – our professionalism, indeed, as he stresses. Inspired by this remarkable small handbook of school excellence, I don’t see how we can avoid accepting and confronting the challenge. It would be rude not to!”
Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle


About the author

Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust (www.nationaleducationtrust.net). Previously he was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI) in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and for the inspection of outstanding schools. Roy has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has inspected and reviewed over 800 schools and colleges in the UK and Europe, USA, Middle East and India.

Roy was Principal of Walton High and Walton Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, opened in September 1999 and described by Ofsted as a first-class centre of learning innovative and inspiring . He was Founding Director (1996 1998) of Reading Is Fundamental, UK, a non-profit organisation developing children’s reading and family literacy. From 1986 1996 he was Headteacher of Bicester Community College, an Oxfordshire comprehensive school serving 1200+ 11-19 year old students.

He spent 13 years teaching in inner-London schools, youth and adult services, and has for 30 years been a trainer and speaker with schools, teachers, leaders, parents and governors on English and literacy, raising student achievement, curriculum development, school improvement, leadership and innovation. He has served as an adviser to various governments, most recently as Deputy Chair/Chair of Drafting Group of the DfE Teachers Standards Review.

Roy has worked with HM Prison Service, the NHS and the Arts Council in a number of voluntary capacities, and is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author/editor of over 150 books and is a regular contributor to the national media. Recent books include Sparkling Classrooms, The 2012 Teachers Standards and Taking forward the Primary Curriculum.

The Bookseller Industry Awards 2014 March 14, 2014

Posted by lauracgreen in Conferences, eBooks and digital publishing, Education, Effective International Schools Series, Independent Education, International education, John Catt Educational news, Leading Schools of the 21st Century, Magazines, Marketing, New releases, Pastoral issues, Peridot Press, Special Educational Needs, the gap-year guidebook, Uncategorized.
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We were delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted for The Bookseller Industry Awards for the second consecutive year.

We are one of six publishers featured in the Independent, Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year category, which is sponsored by Bertrams.

You can see the full shortlist here.

The awards ceremony takes place at The Hilton in Park Lane, London, on  May 12th.

Wish us luck!


John Catt’s Preparatory Schools 2014 now published March 4, 2014

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, New releases.
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We are pleased to announce the publication of John Catt’s Preparatory Schools 2014.

The 17th edition of this guidebook includes details of more than 1,500 independent preparatory and junior schools in the UK, providing education for 2 to 13-year-olds, including profiles and photographs of leading schools in the sector.

The foreword is written by Eddy Newton, the 2013/14 chair of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, and also features editorial from Great Ballard School (on Forest School status), Bromley High School (on ‘Cradle to College’ all-through education) and Sage Tutors (on how private tuition can supplement learning).

The guidebook’s accompanying website www.prepschoolguide.co.uk – where you can search for a preparatory school in your area – has now been updated and an eBook can be downloaded from www.johncatt.com/downloads.

To order a printed copy of the book, please go to our bookshop. For any enquiries about the guide or any of our other products, please email us at enquiries@johncatt.com.