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Headstrong December 18, 2014

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in Education, New releases.
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9781909717268We’re delighted to be publishing in the Spring a new book by Dame Sally Coates.

Headstrong: 11 Lessons of School Leadership draws on Sally’s experience of 40 years of working in challenging schools, and a decade of leading some of the toughest schools in London and shows aspiring leaders how to create vibrant centres of learning in our most broken communities.

Headstrong – named after the proactive, personal and robust leadership which she advocates – will resonate with ambitious leaders beyond education.  It consists of 11 chapters, each exploring one aspect of the challenge of leadership.

Copies can be ordered ahead of the end-of-February publication by visiting our bookshop: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/headstrong-11-lessons-of-school-leadership

Sally is currently named in Britain’s 500 most influential people by Debrett’s and has gained a national profile through speaking at the 2011 Conservative Party Conference and by chairing the government’s recent Teachers’ Standards review. She regularly speaks at educational conferences in the UK and overseas and appears frequently on national news media discussing educational policy. See links below:

·         Debrett’s 500 most influential people entry for Dame Sally Coates click HERE
·         The Times reports her new role with United Learning click HERE
·         Daily Telegraph on Sally’s reform of Teachers’ Standards:  click HERE
·         Daily Mail reports Sally’s impact on one student: click HERE
·         YouTube clip of her speech at Conservative Party Conference: click HERE

Comments on Sally Coates:

·         Michael Gove:  “A great headteacher” (Conservative Party Conference 2011)
·         Toby Young in the Telegraph, October 2011:  “Burlington Danes in Shepherd’s Bush is a fantastic comprehensive, one that’s been completely transformed by the leadership of its excellent headmistress Sally Coates.”
·         David Cameron, 9.11.11:  “Just take this one fact. Take two schools – Burlington Danes Academy and Walworth Academy…they are both in relatively deprived parts of Inner London with high proportions of students on free school meals. But you know what? Last year, 70 per cent of Walworth students and 75 per cent of Burlington Danes students got 5 or more good GCSEs including English and Maths. Compare that with Surrey and Oxfordshire – the counties that Michael and I represent. Only 16 state secondary schools in these two relatively affluent counties did better than those two inner city schools. Put another way, more than 4 out of 5 state schools in Surrey and Oxfordshire are doing worse than 2 state schools in relatively deprived parts of inner London. That must be a wake-up call. Why is there this difference?”
·         Michael Gove, 3rd May 2010 on the BBC “…high standards, rigorous traditional teaching.  Where do you get them at the moment? …go to Burlington Danes…[it] has the freedom to give parents what they want…”

Sally is passionate about sharing my experience of transforming challenging schools and we are hugely confident that Headstrong will appeal to educators and aspiring leaders in the UK and beyond.

The Schoolmaster, listed by The Guardian as a top recommended educational book December 17, 2014

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in John Catt Educational news, Peridot Press.
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In December 2011, our imprint Peridot Press re-published The Schoolmaster, Arthur Christopher Benson’s classic account of school life at the turn of the 20th century.

The author was born at Wellington College, educated at Eton and Cambridge and spent his life and career at both. He also had a successful career outside of education; he was the editor of Queen Victoria’s letters, a lyricist and a prolific diary writer.

The Schoolmaster

We are proud to announce today that The Schoolmaster has been commended by The Guardian in a feature that reviews the most influential, engaging educational books. As highlighted in the Guardian’s review, The Schoolmaster was originally published over 100 years ago in 1902, yet Benson’s strikingly honest words about education continue to remain prominent and relevant today.

The Schoolmaster, by Arthur Christopher Benson
Recommended by Robert Peal, teacher at West London Free School
Benson was a writer and critic, who taught English and classics at Eton. I came across this book during my first year of teaching, and it was a reminder that, in an age of gimmicks and fads, there is much that is timeless about good teaching. You might think that a book by a public school beak written over 100 years ago would offer little guidance to a teacher today, but you’d be wrong. From the need for classroom discipline to the dubious nature of training teachers, which he compares to training people in the art of good conversation, so much of what Benson writes rings true today. He describes the ideal lesson as involving blackboard, rapid questioning, some simple jesting, anecdote, disquisitions and allusion if possible to current events.

The Guardian, ‘An education book that changed me: favourite reads revealed’

Click to read the full feature

Click to purchase The Schoolmaster

Click to purchase The Schoolmaster on Amazon Kindle

The gap-year guidebook 2015 is #1 Bestselling ‘Living & Working Abroad Travel Guide’ December 9, 2014

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in eBooks and digital publishing, John Catt Educational news, the gap-year guidebook.
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Gap year amazon

We are delighted to announce that The gap-year guidebook 2015 is currently the #1 bestseller in the category ‘Living and Working Abroad Travel Guides’ on Amazon UK.

Click to purchase the bestselling guide on Amazon

The guidebook is also available to download on your Amazon Kindle or through the Kindle app on your smartphone, tablet or computer for on the go travel advice.

Click to download the kindle guidebook at a discounted price of £3.79

Follow @thegapyearguide on twitter for updates and news on our exciting www.gap-year.com relaunch!

Strong sales and positive press for Marc Rowland’s A Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium December 8, 2014

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in Education, John Catt Educational news.
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Pupil Premium

In September, Marc Rowland’s A Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium was published in partnership with the National Education Trust.

The book, written by NET deputy director Marc Rowland, provides essential advice and information to help schools make the best use of the Pupil Premium grant and improve outcomes for disadvantaged learners.

We are delighted to announce that since the release, the book has recorded strong sales, and was in high demand at the recent Academies Show in Birmingham, where the author hosted a session on the pupil premium.

The book has also gained positive press, and is proving to be a valuable resource and point of discussion as author Marc Rowland has been quoted in the November issue of Education Investor. The article, written by Daniel Thomas questions whether schools are spending the pupil premium wisely, and makes reference to A Practical Guide to the Pupil Premium.

Read the article here

To order the book, please visit our bookshop.