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New release from John Catt: Learning in a digitalized age April 29, 2014

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We are extremely proud to announce our latest publication: Learning in a digitalized age: Plugged in, turned on, totally engaged?

This volume is edited by Lawrence Burke, an international educator with 25 years’ experience, and seeks a critical and informed answer to one of the most important educational questions of the day: how successful will learners be in the digital age?

Writers with real hands-on experience in the field challenge many of the assumptions about teaching and learning in the digital age. It is relevant and important for all those interested and concerned about the kinds of debates, arguments and ideas which are influencing and changing the nature of teaching and learning in the early decades of the 21st century.

These contributors, from around the world and across all sections and levels of the educational sector, share their experiences of working with educational technologies, mobile and digital learning in their day-to-day lives in schools, colleges and universities.

The resulting arguments and reflections highlight the dramatic effects that technology is having on the human experience generally and in teaching and learning in particular.

Contributors include: Yara Azouqa; Lawrence Burke; Josephine Butler and Greg Vrhovrnik; Andrew Callaghan; Clyde Coreil; Patrick Dougherty; Dianne Evans; Simon Hayhoe; Julie Lindsay; Lisa Martin; Serge Morissette; Jon Orthmann, Reem Arafat & Nancy Fahnestock; Michelle Rogers-Estable and Roudaina Houjeir; Cris Rowan; Yasmine Salah El Din; Ieda M Santos; Dawn Seddon; Tanya Tercero; El-Sadig Yahya Ezza and Khaled Almudibry.

Learning in a digitalized age is the third book in John Catt’s World Class Schools series, following on from the success of Breaking through the language barrier by Patricia Mertin and The OIQ Factor by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell.

To order a copy of Learning in a digitalized age, please visit our bookshop, call us on +44 (0)1394 389863 or email booksales@johncatt.com.

Teachers vs Government: the story of the 1944 Education Act April 23, 2014

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Roy Blatchford, the author of our recently-published book The Restless School, presented a fascinating Radio 4 programme last night on the 1944 UK Education Act.

In the programme (which can be listened to here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ynt6y) Roy tells the story of modern education from 1944 to the present day and how it went from consensus to conflict, and from a world where qualifications were for just a tiny elite to one where all students are in school or training until the age of 18, with close on 50% going on to higher education.

restlessHe speaks to key decision-makers from the period, including several former secretaries of state to ask how much of the original vision has survived and what the story of education over the last 70 years tells us about what the future might hold for Britain’s schools.

In The Restless School, Roy draws on 40 years of wide ranging experience within the UK and international education systems to capture the essence of successful schools, those that are ‘restless to improve’. Short, pacey and personal, the book provides a deeply positive and optimistic vision of a thriving and confident education service.

To order copies of The Restless School, please visit our bookshop: www.johncattbookshop.com


Praise for Learning and Teaching about Islam April 22, 2014

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Learning and Teaching about Islam


We were delighted to read a glowing review of Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding in The Muslim World Book Review.

The book, edited by Caroline Ellwood and which you can read more about by clicking here, is reviewed in the Spring 2014 issue (Vol 34:3) of the journal.

The review states: “This book succeeds remarkably in delivering what its title promises by way of promoting a better understanding of the Islamic value system and Muslim sensitivities in the field of school education in particular.”

It concludes: “This volume will go a very long way in sensitising better all those who are in the education sector in the West and enable them to improve their intercultural understanding.”

To order a copy of Learning and Teaching about Islam: Essays in Understanding, please visit our bookshop or email booksales@johncatt.com.

For more information about The Muslim World Book Review, follow this link.

Changes at John Catt Educational April 15, 2014

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John Catt Educational logoWe are happy to reveal that April 2014 marks the start of a new era for John Catt Educational.

Jonathan Evans, who has led the company with such success for 25 years, has now stepped down and passed on the baton of ownership to a new management team, comprising myself, Jon Barnes and James Rudge.

The MBO process was smooth and amicable and we are hugely grateful to Jonathan for passing on a company in such good health. We would like to thank him for his enthusiasm, hard work and vision over the years and hope that he can now relax and enjoy time racing his Loch Long keelboat and working on his new hobby – golf.

Naturally, Jon, James and I are enormously excited about the opportunity of leading John Catt Educational. The company has been going strong for 55 years and we look forward to building on our established reputation as a leading publisher for independent and international schools, and to exploring new opportunities in the maintained education sector here in the UK.

We remain open to discussing ideas for new publications that will celebrate and support schools and educators, both in the UK and around the world. The company is proud of our long-established publishing relationships with renowned authors and associations and we look forward to developing new partnerships in the coming years.

New release: Which London School? & the South-East 2014/15 April 10, 2014

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We are very pleased to announce the publication of the 2014/15 edition of Which London School? and the South-East.

It is the 25th edition of this guidebook, which provides information on more than 1,500 schools in the Greater London and surrounding area.

We have given the guide a fresh look this year, in line with our stable of guidebooks, and this means we are able to display the copy and images of profiling schools better than ever before.

Copies of the book will soon be arriving with schools, as well as distributed to key reference points – including educational libraries, HR departments and embassies – for families as they search for the right school for their children.

What is particularly pleasing this year is the excellent editorial on offer in this edition. I was delighted to receive excellent pieces from Neil Chippington at St Paul’s Cathedral School; Louise Simpson at Bromley High School; Mark Steed at Berkhamsted School; Jo Glen at Dolphin School; Stella Ottewill at the St Michael Steiner School; Simon Smith at Haileybury; and Simon Hitchings, of Swanbourne House School.

I will be placing many of these articles online in the next few weeks, and they are well worth a read, sharing the benefit of vast experience and raising topics that will interest anyone connected to independent schools.

If you would like to order a copy of Which London School? & the South-East, please visit our bookshop. For any other enquiries about this guide or any other of our publications, please email us at enquiries@johncatt.com.

April 2014 issue of International Schools Journal available now April 7, 2014

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ISJ 2014 April

The April 2014 issue of the International Schools Journal is now available.

This journal, edited by Dr Caroline Ellwood, is published twice a year 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 Leadership Conference in Seville 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.