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John Catt’s School Suppliers Guide 2014/15 – available free to schools May 15, 2014

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Suppliers Guide 2014

We are pleased to announce that John Catt’s School Suppliers Guide 2014/15 is now available.

This guidebook was relaunched last year to recognise the growing number of academies and free schools in the UK and the increased buying power of school managers and procurement departments. It is an essential guide for both state and independent schools.

This publication is FREE and has been sent out with copies of the summer issue of Academy magazine.

It includes details of more than 4000 companies offering important and innovative products and services to schools. It is divided into categories to help schools quickly and easily find what they are looking for.

We are keen to ensure this guide is distributed to as many schools – both state and independent – as possible. Please email me if you’d like to be sent a copy.

Likewise, if you are a company or supplier who would like to be included in the guide, please get in touch.

New issue of Prep School magazine – available now May 13, 2014

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The summer issue of Prep School magazine is out now – available online and in print.

This magazine reflects the best in the prep and junior school world and is published in partnership with SATIPS (Support and Training in Prep Schools).

The focus on the new issue is on mindfulness and well-being. The e-zine can be read at www.prepschoolmag.co.uk.

If you would like to contribute to Prep School, you can contact editor Michele Kitto at editor@prepschoolmag.co.uk.

For subscriptions to the magazine, please visit our bookshop.

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

Summer issue of Academy magazine is now available May 9, 2014

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The summer issue of Academy magazine is now available in print and online and is shortly to be mailed out to schools and subscribers.

A copy of John Catt’s School Suppliers Guide 2014/15 – featuring more than 4,000 companies offering innovative and essential services to schools – will be sent out with every mailing.

Academy is published in partnership with FASNA and looks at the latest developments in the academy and free school sector. The theme for the new issue is ‘converter academies providing system support’.

To read the new issue online – and for archive issues – visit the magazine’s website at www.academymag.co.uk.

For editorial enquiries regarding Academy magazine, please contact editor Peter Beaven at editor@academy.mag.co.uk.

For subscriptions please visit our bookshop.

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

Excellent reviews for new Peridot title Sentinel May 8, 2014

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Sentinel

We’re very pleased to see some excellent reviews of Sentinel, the forthcoming book from our imprint Peridot Press.

While we have built our reputation on the strength of our educational publications, we use Peridot for books across different genres and as a platform for talented new writers – and Peridot is our first foray into fiction. It’s a tough market to crack but we will give it our best shot.

The book is the first in a trilogy and is the debut novel by Joshua Winning, an excellent young writer and successful film journalist.

Sentinel tells the story of an underground society of guardians who are mobilised against the return of ancient evil forces. The action centres on 15-year-old Nicholas Hallow, who is unwittingly drawn into a desperate struggle against malevolent forces when his parents are killed in a suspicious train crash.

Here are some of the reviews so far:

“An ordinary orphaned teenager turns out to be the saviour of a hidden magical world. Don’t think you’ve read this before in the Harry Potter books though, Sentinel sets a darker, grittier tone. The action is fast and violent, the monsters, including a seductive vampiress, are memorable. 4/5.” John Wyatt, The Sun.

“A great, imaginative, gripping read…” Nev Pierce, Editor-at-Large, Empire magazine.

“Fast paced, surprising, and madly compelling.” Rosie Fletcher, Total Film.

“The narrative is hugely engaging… Winning could well be on to a winner with this unsettling but entertaining icebreaker. Hopefully Nicholas and this trilogy will mature nicely together. 4/5.” Claire Nicholls, SciFiNow magazine.

“An epic tale that leaves the reader wanting more.” David Estes, author of The Moon Dwellers.

We will be releasing Sentinel on May 19. It costs £6.99 and those who buy direct from us at www.peridot.co.uk/bookshop will receive extra bonus goods including a poster, exclusive postcards and author notes.

Over the past two years, Peridot has published The Following Game by Jonathan Smith, Managing MIL: You and Your Mother-in-Law – for better, or for worse? by Katy Rink and Calcutta Song by Joe Winter.

We are looking forward to exploring new projects for Peridot. Please feel free to contact me at jbarnes@peridot.co.uk with any ideas or manuscripts.

First issue of International School magazine under new editorship – available now May 6, 2014

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We are very pleased to announce the publication of the summer issue of International School (is) magazine – the first under the editorship of Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson.

Dr Hayden and Prof Thompson have a long-standing relationship with John Catt Educational across a number of publications, including editorship of titles in our Taking It Forward series. They have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the world of international education and we are delighted to welcome them as editors of is, taking over from Caroline Ellwood, who has stepped down after 12 years.

The new issue has the theme ‘Promoting International Mindedness’ and features an outstanding collection of articles focusing on this cornerstone of international education, with the usual mix of comment, news and features.

Copies of the new issue are currently being sent out to schools and subscribers and the e-zine is available to view at www.is-mag.com.

The editors welcome contributions on all aspects of international education, including news and reviews, and they can be contacted at editor@is-mag.com.

For subscriptions to is, please visit our bookshop.

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

Summer issue of Conference & Common Room available online and in print May 2, 2014

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We’ve been busy over the past few weeks putting together the summer issues of our magazines, and Conference & Common Room is the first to be be sent out.

Subscribers and schools should be receiving their copies in the next few days, and they can look forward to an excellent collection of articles put together by editor Tom Wheare.

The eBook is also uploaded and ready to be viewed, along with archive issues, at candcr.co.uk.

Conference & Common Room is the magazine for leading independent schools and includes contributions from across the independent school sector.

If you would like to contribute to the magazine, please contact editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com.

For subscriptions, please visit our bookshop.

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

New release from John Catt: Which School? for Special Needs 2014/15 May 1, 2014

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The 2014/15 edition of Which School? for Special Needs has now been published, and we’re pleased to introduce an excellent collection of articles, school profiles, directory details and essential information for all those involved in the special educational needs sector.

The 23rd edition of this long-standing guidebook contains a comprehensive directory of independent and non-maintained schools and colleges in the UK that provide services for children and young adults with sensory or physical impairment; learning difficulties; social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; and autistic spectrum disorders.

It features full and double-page profiles of leading special schools and useful information on groups, associations and charities serving the special needs sector. The book also includes a directory of maintained special needs schools.

We also aim to highlight the latest news and initiatives from the sector in the editorial section and I am particularly pleased with the high quality of editorial this year.

We asked Claire Dorer, chief executive of the National Association of Independent Schools and Non-maintained Special Schools, to write the foreword again after her insight piece in the 2013/14 edition; she provides an update on Government reforms of SEN legislation. Douglas Silas, of Douglas Silas Solicitors, contributed a fantastic piece which also focuses on SEN reforms and asks the question: “So what now?”

We are also pleased to include articles from Hesley Group, Options Group, the RNIB, Ruskin Mill Trust, The Percy Hedley Foundation, I CAN charity, and Riverston School in London. I will be placing selected editorial online at www.specialneedsguide.co.uk, where you will also find updated school profiles and a searchable directory.

To order a copy of the guide, please visit our bookshop. To see the eBook, click here.

For any further enquiries about the guide, email us.