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The gap-year guidebook 2015 available now! October 30, 2014

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Gap-year guidebook 2015

We are delighted to announce the publication of the gap-year guidebook 2015. This popular guidebook is now in its 23rd 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 guide employs an unbiased view on travel, and aims to inspire and encourage gappers to pursue a gap-year that suits their interests, lifestyle and travel ambitions.

The guide provides explorers with all the information they need to plan, prepare and make the most of their gap-year and is arranged in 11 concise chapters that cover the topics surrounding health, finance, tips, travelling, accommodation, career breaks, mature gappers, working abroad, volunteering abroad, learning abroad, sport and also 3 chapters that focus on volunteering and learning in the UK.

The guide also contains a 143 page company directory that reflects the topic of each chapter, and provides direct links and contacts to aid gappers travel arrangements.

The new edition features 20 exciting accounts from gappers who have taken time out to pursue their ambitions and interests, some of which have pursued voluntary work with elephants in South Africa, carried out a teaching placement in Costa Rica, became a qualified ski-instructor in Canada and studied Portuguese in Lisbon.

We will also shortly be relaunching www.gap-year.com This is an extremely exciting project, which will see the addition of a blog that publishes travel news, case studies, supporter Q&As and an online company directory. More news will follow shortly.

For any enquiries email editor@gap-year.com

To order the gap-year guidebook 2015 click here.

November 2014 issue of the International Schools Journal available now October 27, 2014

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in International education, New releases.
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ISJ 2014 November

The November 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 this week.

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 jonathanbarnes@johncatt.com and we will make the necessary arrangements. For subscription enquiries, click here.

The new issue includes the following articles:

Peace education beyond the mission statement, Lodewijk van Oord

War Poetry in the 21st century: legacy, context, relevance – and the poetry…, Ken Corn

Lessons from Hiroshima: building cultures of peace in international education, Mark Exton and Walter Enloe

WW1 battlefields as a way to promote internationalism: some practical suggestions, Russell Tarr

Languages in competition and conflict: mechanisms of liguistic evolution, Malcolm Pritchard

Are strategic plans truly strategic?, Kevin J Ruth

Big History, part two, Lowell S Gustafson

E-Portfolio: time to reflect, Roberto d’Erizans and Tamatha Bibbo

Clarifying the relationship between teacher movement and culture: four teacher profiles, Merve R Niğdelioğlu, Mehmet C Ayar and M Sencer çorlu

The impact of technology tools on literacy motivation on elementary school English language learners: podcasting in a 4th grade EAL class, Alexandra Ritt Gustad

Historical vignette – Tracing the path of ESL provision in international schools over the last four decades. Part one, Maurice Carder

Book review

Learning in a digitalized age: Plugged in, turned on, totally engaged?, Edited by Lawrence Burke, Reviewed by James Cambridge

New release: World Student magazine October 20, 2014

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World Student magazine

Here at John Catt we are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new magazine for international students in partnership with The Council of British International Schools (COBIS) called World Student magazine.

World Student magazine officially launched at the COBIS Head Boys and Head Girls Conference in Madrid at the weekend. We are also delighted to announce that Issue one has been distributed to more than 169 COBIS member schools this week, and is available to download for free on the App store and on Google Play.

World Student magazine employs a motivating, aspirational tone that encourages students studying in international schools around the world to think positively about their future. World Student magazine publishes an array of features, articles and interviews that offer a variety of perspectives from students studying abroad, international school graduates, teachers and educators worldwide.

World Student is the go-to magazine for international students, each issue is packed with stimulating content that covers an array of topics from student study experiences, to international travel destinations, new methods of learning and views on topical issues.

World Student is not simply a magazine for students to read but also for them to engage and get involved with. World Student aims to empower students by giving them a voice, a platform to air their views and opinions, which is why we invite students from all corners of the globe to contribute their experiences, views and opinions by writing for the magazine. Writing for World Student magazine is a fantastic way to gain valuable journalism experience, and will look great on your CV. Please get in contact with us via editor@world-student.com if you would like to contribute to forthcoming issues.

We would like to thank students from the University of Cambridge, International School of London, American International School of Rotterdam, Yokohama International School in Japan, The University of Auckland, Banbury Academy, The International School of Almaty, The British International School of Vietnam, The Benenden School, The Ecole d’Humanite in Switzerland, Plymouth University and Randor House School for contributing to the very first issue.

World Student magazine is published twice a year, in May and November and is available in print, online and via the World Student magazine app. To download the magazine for free, search ‘World Student magazine’ in the App store or on Google Play. To view the magazine visit www.world-student.com.

If you are interested in subscribing to the magazine please contact Sara Rogers at srogers@johncatt.com
Please contact Madeleine Anderson if you have any advertising enquiries at manderson@johncatt.com
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New release from John Catt: Leaders of Learning by Rob Stokoe October 7, 2014

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We are pleased to announce the publication of Leaders of Learning by Rob Stokoe.

This excellent new book looks at the vision, clarity of purpose and drive needed for effective school leadership.

The author is Director of the Jumeirah English Speaking School in Dubai and has enjoyed a career of more than 40 years in education.

Here is what Roy Blatchford, Director of the National Education Trust, had to say about the book:

“Rob Stokoe leads an acclaimed international school and his narrative is rooted in classrooms and what teachers and students achieve together. He packs this book with fresh thoughts around both leadership and learning, and his range of references is commanding. Prepare to have some of your educational orthodoxies challenged and to be taken on a journey into new ways of thinking about great schools.

Leaders of Learning is the latest in our World Class Schools series that includes Breaking through the language barrier by Patricia Mertin; Learning in a digitalized age, edited by Lawrence Burke; and The OIQ Factor, by William Powell and Ochan Kusuma-Powell.

To order Leaders of Learning, please follow this link to our bookshop.