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Our blog has moved… head over to SchoolSearch.co.uk February 25, 2016

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We’ve now relocated our blog to our School Search, International School Search and Special Needs Guide websites.

We’ll be featuring all news and releases relating to independent schools and independent education – as well as editorial from our guidebooks – on www.SchoolSearch.co.uk.

Everything to do with international schools and international education can be found at www.InternationalSchoolSearch.com.

Latest news and articles on special needs schools and SEN will be posted at www.SpecialNeedsGuide.co.uk.

You can also follow the latest news from John Catt on our Twitter feed, @JohnCattEd.

Prep School magazine autumn issue now available September 25, 2015

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The autumn term issue of Prep School magazine is now available.

Prep School is published in partnership with SATIPS (Support and Training in Prep Schools) and highlights the best of the prep and junior school world.

Subscribers and schools will be receiving their copies this week. The issue can be read online at www.prepschoolmag.co.uk.

To subscribe to Prep School magazine, visit our bookshop. You can also find the magazine’s app by searching for ‘Prep School magazine’ in the Play Store, and follow on Twitter at @PrepSchoolMag.

For any editorial enquiries, please contact editor Michele Kitto at editor@prepschoolmag.co.uk. For any advertising enquiries, contact Gerry Cookson at gcookson@johncatt.com or +44 (0) 1394 389853.

 

New issue of Conference & Common Room magazine now available September 25, 2015

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The autumn term issue of Conference & Common Room magazine is now available in print and online.

To subscribe to Conference & Common Room magazine, please visit our bookshop. The new issue can be viewed online at www.candcr.co.uk.

If you would like to submit an article to Conference & Common Room or if you have other enquiries, please contact editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com. For any advertising enquiries, contact Gerry Cookson at gcookson@johncatt.com or +44 (0) 1394 389853.

New issue of International School magazine is available now September 24, 2015

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We’re very pleased to present the new issue of International School magazine.

The autumn term issue is packed with news, features and opinion from schools across the globe. It is currently being distributed to subscribers and to heads of international schools.

To subscribe to International School magazine, please visit our bookshop. The new issue can be viewed online at www.is-mag.com

You can also find the magazine’s app by searching for ‘International School magazine’ in the App Store or on Google Play and follow us on Twitter at @IntSchoolMag.

If you would like to submit an article to International School or if you have other enquiries, please contact our editors Mary Hayden and Jeff Thompson at editor@is-mag.com. For any advertising enquiries, contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or +44 (0) 1394 389855.

 

New issue of Academy has focus on financial management September 24, 2015

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The new issue of Academy magazine is now available and being distributed to subscribers and UK academies and free schools.

Academy is published in partnership with FASNA and features the latest news, opinion and insight from the free school sector. The autumn term issue has a focus on financial management.

You can subscribe to the new issue by visiting our bookshop. The new issue can also be read online at www.academymag.co.uk.

You can also search for ‘Academy magazine’ in the Play Store or on Google Play to download the app and follow Academy on Twitter at @AcademyMag.

For any editorial enquiries, please contact editor@academymag.co.uk. For advertising enquiries, contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or 01394 389855.

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

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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: 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.

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

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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

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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

New release: Teaching for Character by Andrew Hammond May 21, 2015

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9781909717343We are delighted to announce the publication of the first book of a very exciting new series exploring the ‘invisible’ areas of the curriculum.

Teaching for Character is the first book in the seven-part Invisible Ink series, in conjunction with INK Education, the CPD company founded by John Catt and author Andrew Hammond.

Andrew is an educational consultant, trainer, conference speaker, former headteacher and author of more than 30 educational titles for major publishers.

His new book argues that character education is an essential tool for creating a positive learning environment and getting the best out of students.

It offers practical advice to help encourage grit, adaptability, optimism, self-control, empathy, discernment and trust in young learners – important foundations in any future success in and out of school. While doing so, it references the Government’s Teachers’ Standards report, and shows how teachers can meet the requirements the expected of them.

The Invisible Ink series aims to shed light on this ‘Invisible Curriculum’ and the secret ingredients that really unlock a child’s potential. It will be followed by Teaching for Creativity in June and Teaching for Curiosity and Teaching for Motivation in the autumn term.

We’ve been thrilled at the early feedback and sales for this title. The foreword is written by Max Coates, senior lecturer in education at the UCL Institute of Eudcation. We extracted the following quote for the cover:

“This book ought to be mandatory reading for all who want to nurture the thinking and learning of children and young people. Andrew, thank you for writing this book – it is beyond being timely.”

Teaching for Character can be ordered from the John Catt Bookshop: http://www.johncattbookshop.com/teaching-for-character

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