jump to navigation

New release: The Fitlits – The Funny Fair June 19, 2015

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in New releases.
Tags: , , , , ,

The Flitlits - The Funny Fair - ENG1

We are delighted to announce the release of a new volume of picture books called The Flitlits: The Funny Fair.

The Funny Fair, written by Eiry Rees Thomas and illustrated by James Field has been designed and written to help young readers aged 8-11+ develop their reading skills in Welsh and English. The volume includes six books; English first language, English second language, Welsh first language, Welsh second language and two American versions.

The Funny Fair is an entertaining educational story that helps to improve literacy skills, and aims to inspire a life-long love of learning, nurture creativity and enhance social and emotional development.

Interaction is key to the core and ethos of the stories, which includes characters that children can identify with within their own lives. The Flitlits interact by telling jokes, squabbling, scheming and plotting, involving friendships and rivalries. The central character, Jester Bit, is a scamp with a heart. His mischief brings about challenges and camaraderie that allow children to learn about compassion, empathy, teamwork and a sense of fair play.

The world of The Flitlits is available to explore on multiple platforms – print books, interactive app books and online at www.theflitlits.com

“Flitlit Fever has taken over life in the classroom. We have analysed the language, studied poetic devices, deconstructed and created new plots and characters, and much more. The project has truly harnessed the enthusiasm of the children.” – Melody Jones, Teacher and Literacy Coordinator – Pilot School

We were fascinated by the level of lyricism, the depth of the characters and dimensions of the story. The usage of words with additional meanings provide further depth to the story. Children and parents will love the characters, whose well developed personalities enable children to develop their own intelligence.” – Educational App Store

To purchase any of the books in the series click here

To download the interactive app books click here

Follow @TheFlitlits @YSbridion and the author @EiryReesThomas on twitter

To see The Flitlits concept being used in the classroom click here

The Flitlits - The Funny Fair-WELSH1

The new www.schoolsearch.co.uk website is live! June 17, 2015

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in Independent Education.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

We are delighted to announce that we have relaunched www.schoolsearch.co.uk This website is a companion to our prestigious and long-standing school guidebooks, Which School?, Which London School? & the South-East and John Catt’s Guide to Preparatory Schools.

www.schoolsearch.co.uk homepage

Just like our guidebooks, schoolsearch.co.uk aims to guide parents and their children through the process of choosing the right school. Schoolsearch.co.uk provides details of nearly 2,000 independent schools in the UK. You will find basic, essential details of every independent school and college – and enhanced profiles of leading schools. Schools now have the option of adding videos and Twitter feeds to their profiles.

We understand that searching for the right school can be stressful, which is why we have made searching for appropriate schools as efficient as possible. The search function allows parents to search for schools with ease by selecting a set region or radius from a postcode, which then displays schools within the desired location on an interactive map. The map allows for parents to quick view information about each school, or scroll down to view the schools in a concise list. Schools can also be searched for by gender, age, day/boarding.

www.schoolsearch.co.uk map view

The website is updated regularly with insightful editorials from schools, organisations and leading figures in the independent school sector. We hope that these will offer parents advice, and help them make an informed decision about what school is best for their child.

Please click here to visit www.schoolsearch.co.uk

Please see below the companion guidebooks to schoolsearch.co.uk

John Catt’s Which London School? & the South-East 2015/16

John Catt’s Which School? 2015

John Catt’s Preparatory Schools 2015

Download the gap-year guidebook free on Amazon Kindle June 17, 2015

Posted by Samantha Wilkins in eBooks and digital publishing, the gap-year guidebook.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

Gap-year guidebook 2015

Starting today, the bestselling gap-year guidebook 2015 is available to download free for five days!

Click here to download your copy of the gap-year guidebook free, or search “the gap-year guidebook” on your Amazon Kindle. The guide is also available to download and read through the Kindle app on your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The gap-year guidebook provides concise information and advice for anyone considering taking time out to spend travelling, working, volunteering or studying at home or abroad. 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 eleven 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 three chapters that focus on volunteering and learning in the UK.

The guidebook will be avaliable free on Amazon Kindle from 17/06/15 – 21/06/15

Hour-Long Shakespeare launch June 16, 2015

Posted by Alex, Managing Director in New releases.
add a comment


Last night, we were delighted to officially launch the first in our Hour-Long Shakespeare books in the wonderful surroundings of the cloisters at New College, Oxford.

Abridged by Matthew Jenkinson, director of studies at the nearby New College School, Hour-Long Shakespeare: Henry IV (Part 1), Henry V and Richard III are one-hour performance scripts that maintain the arcs of Shakespeare’s plots without compromising the integrity of his original language. What remains are manageable performance texts and the essential elements needed for an introduction to three of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly a performance by the Year 8 leavers of New College School of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Compleat (sic) Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The boys were watched on by proud family and did a fine job of keeping everyone entertained on a beautiful summer’s evening.


Hour-Long Shakespeare: Henry IV (Part 1), Henry V and Richard III is available for £10 from johncattbookshop.com



New release: Which School? for Special Needs 2015/16 June 3, 2015

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, New releases.
Tags: ,
add a comment


The 2015/16 edition of Which School? for Special Needs is now available.

It is the 24th edition of this long-standing guidebook, which 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.

Which School? for Special Needs also 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.

For more information on this guidebook please contact enquiries@johncatt.com.

To order a copy of the new edition, visit our bookshop.

New release: Changing Schools, edited by Robert Peal June 1, 2015

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in New releases.
Tags: , ,
1 comment so far


We are delighted to announce the publication of a new collection of essays exploring the impact of education reform on the UK state sector over the past five years.

Changing Schools, edited by Robert Peal, features contributions from teachers, researchers and administrators who have been on the frontline of the dramatic changes taking place in state education over the last five years. The authors assess the rapidly changing educational landscape and offer thoughts on where we go from here.

Here is the full chapter list:

  • Introduction, Robert Peal
  • Academies and chains: When collaboration meets competition, James O’Shaughnessy
  • Free schools: Making success sustainable, Katharine Birbalsingh
  • Qualifications: What constitutes real qualifications reform? Dr Tina Isaacs
  • Assessment: High stakes, low improvement, Daisy Christodoulou
  • Social media: Did blogs break the Blob? Andrew Old
  • Policy: Ten challenges for any government from 2015, Jonathan Simons
  • Teaching: Teacher professionalism, training and autonomy, Tom Bennett
  • Charter schools: Lessons from America’s experiment with accountability and autonomy, Doug Lemov and Joaquin Hernandez
    Postscript, Robert Peal

To order Changing Schools, visit our online bookshop.

For review or inspection copies, please contact enquiries@johncatt.com