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John Catt’s Guide to International Schools 2015/16 and www.internationalschoolsearch.com July 29, 2015

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ISG 2015:16

The 2015/16 edition of John Catt’s Guide to International Schools is now available and currently being distributed around the world.

This authoritative guidebook, available in print and eBook, includes details of more than 3,000 international schools and profiles of more than 100 leading schools. It is the ideal reference point for families seeking an international school in any part of the world.

The 13th edition features a foreword by Dr Nicholas Tate, former director-general of the International School of Geneva and International Baccalaureate governor from 2009-2015.

It also includes contact details of international school groups and associations, information on international curricula, examinations and tests, and explanations of education systems in each country, with Ministry of Education contact details.

To coincide with the release of the new edition, we have also relaunched http://www.internationalschoolsearch.com to making searching for an international easier than ever – and to provide the best possible platform for profiled schools. We will also be posting editorial articles from the guide on the website.

If you would like to order a copy of the book, please click here to visit our bookshop.

For any further enquiries about the guide, please email jbarnes@johncatt.com

New release – People, Pens & Paper July 6, 2015

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People, Pens & Paper - James WrenWe are delighted to announce the release of a new book that explores how teachers can encourage their students to generate fresh, creative solutions to benefit our world and build their ‘soft skills’.

People, Pens & Paper, by James Wren is all about finding unique ways for students to generate fresh, practical and engaging ideas. The book also looks to nurture the ‘soft skills’ that make all the difference and add a unique ‘spark’ to the skill-set of any student. These are the skills which organisations of every kind are looking for – the ability to think creatively and turn clever ideas into something sustainable.

The book does not aspire to create budding artists, it aims to encourage students to embrace the first stage of the creative process. The book is therefore packed with creative suggestions, briefs and real-world projects with potential real-world outcomes that teachers can get students involved in.

James Wren is the owner of The School of Creative Thinking, based in Austria. Born in Singapore and educated in Australia and the UK, he runs ‘think tank’ and ‘design agency’ workshops in schools throughout the world focusing on the idea generation stage. Having previously worked with creative agencies on the copywriting and conceptual side for global brand accounts throughout Europe, James has also taught art, design and media studies at international schools. He also produces brand design for schools and has presented his organisation at educational conferences in the US and Europe.

“In a world where too much schooling is narrow and uninspiring but where we need young people with creativity and self-confidence, James’s simple but clever ideas about designing in the classroom are a breath of fresh air.” – Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, Royal Society of Arts

To order People, Pens & Paper, visit our online bookshop

Follow the author, James Wren on twitter @PeoplePensPaper

New release: Teaching for Creativity by Andrew Hammond July 1, 2015

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The second book in our Invisible Ink series, Teaching for Creativity, is now available.

It is the second book in the seven-part series, in conjunction with INK Education, the CPD company founded by John Catt and author Andrew Hammond.

Andrew is an educational consultant, trainer, speaker and author of more than 30 educational titles for major publishers. He is currently Headteacher of Glemsford Primary Academy in Suffolk.

Teaching for Creativity argues that the constant need to demonstrate academic progress has created a learning environment non-conducive to creative thinking and creative behaviour.

By focusing on key features of the learning environment, this book will help teachers to preserve children’s innate creative capacities at the same time as maintaining academic standards in the classroom. Practical ideas and activities are offered throughout, as well as references to the Department for Education’s Teachers’ Standards.

The foreword has been written by headteacher and educational author Geoff Barton who describes the book as “hugely informative, lively, engaging – and, yes, creative.”

Teaching for Creativity follows Teaching for Character, the first book in the series, and Teaching for Motivation will follow in the autumn term.

Teaching for Creativity can be ordered from the John Catt Bookshop: www.johncattbookshop.com/teaching-for-creativity

For any enquiries about multiple orders or inspection copies, please email enquiries@johncatt.com.