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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: The Fitlits – The Funny Fair June 19, 2015

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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

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

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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

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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

Summer issue of Prep School magazine available now! May 22, 2015

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The Summer issue of Prep School magazine is available now! Prep School magazine is available to read in print, online and via the Prep School magazine app. This issue features a variety of articles that aim to inspire and energise preparatory educators. The first in an exclusive series of summaries from RSAcademics’ trend reports also sheds light on changes affecting education.

To view the e-zine visit www.prepschoolmag.co.uk or to download the application search ‘Prep School magazine’ in the App store or on Google Play.

Prep School is published in partnership with SATIPS (Support and Training in Prep Schools). If you would like to contribute to the magazine, you can contact editor Michele Kitto at editor@prepschoolmag.co.uk.

If you would like to subscribe, please visit our bookshop.
For any advertising enquiries, please contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or on 01394 389855.
Follow @PrepSchoolMag on twitter for news and updates!

Summer 2015 issue of Conference & Common room avaliable now! May 19, 2015

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Conference & Common room magazine

The Summer 2015 issue of Conference and Common room is available now! This issue takes a look at a variety of topics in the independent school sector such as student achievements, recruitment and unique methods of learning. The front cover features a mesmerising photograph, taken by students at Hymers College during a workshop with photographer David Lund.

The magazine is available in print, and to view online at candcr.co.uk

For subscriptions, please visit our bookshop.

If you would like to contribute to the magazine, please contact the editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com.

For any advertising enquiries, please contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or on 01394 389855.

Follow @CandCRoomMag on twitter for news and updates!

New release: Playful Pedagogies May 13, 2015

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Playful Pedagogies

Playful Pedagogies: Young children learning in international and multicultural contexts is a new John Catt publication in partnership with The Council of British International Schools (COBIS)

In the 21st century what the future holds for young learners is unclear, what is clear is that they need to be confident, capable and resilient. As wider communication about education is increasing there is a developing understanding that children in settings across the globe learn in the same ways and have the same needs.

This book considers international and multicultural learning environments from both theoretical and practical perspectives, written by specialists in early years education in the UK and in international contexts.

The theoretical perspectives are supported by eight case studies, from Uganda, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar, Netherlands, Italy, the United Kingdom and Romania.

The book is edited by Dr Anna Cox and Dr Estelle Tarry. Dr Anna Cox is the Programme Leader for a Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Education (QTS) at the University of Northampton, where she is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education.

Dr Estelle Tarry is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Northampton and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Playful Pedagogies will be published on the 25th May, and is available to pre-order now for £13

World Student magazine – Issue 2 May 8, 2015

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World Student Issue 2

The second issue of World Student magazine has been released! After the success of issue one, World Student is back with more inspiring articles that are influenced by international students, their opinions and their interests.

When we launched the very first issue of World Student last year, we wanted to produce a magazine aimed specifically at students in international schools around the world; a magazine that can inspire students to think ambitiously and positively about their future. We also wanted to provide them with a platform to share their views and opinions with other young global citizens.
We are therefore delighted that this second issue features more articles written by students from all corners of the globe, and would like to thank them for taking the time out of their busy exam schedules to share their views.

The second issue also welcomes a new editor, Samantha Wilkins, who along with the World Student team has delivered a wave of new regular features and created engaging competitions and social media opportunities for students to get involved in.

World Student magazine is available in print, online and via the World Student magazine app. We are happy to send out additional print copies free of charge (postage charges apply) to schools for students to read. Copies can be ordered at www.johncattbookshop.com/magazines/world-student The magazine is available to view free online at www.world-student.com and is free to download on Google Play and the App Store, simply search ‘World Student magazine’.

World Student is created in partnership with COBIS, we would like to thank Colin Bell and his team for their continued support and partnership. Thank you also to students, alumni, teachers, international officers and organisations who have contributed to the creation of the second issue.

World Student is published termly, but we’re on twitter all year round – so feel free to tweet us @WorldStudentMag with your thoughts on this issue, and let us know what you’d like to see in future issues.

If you are interested in contributing to the next issue, please do get in touch with the editor Samantha Wilkins editor@world-student.com with your ideas.

If you are interested in subscribing to the magazine please contact Sara Rogers at srogers@johncatt.com

If you have any advertising enquiries please contact Gerry Cookson at GCookson@johncatt.com

New International School magazine May 7, 2015

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International School magazine Summer 2015

The summer 2015 issue of International School magazine (IS) is now available!
This issue takes an in-depth look at international education in the digital age, and includes articles from heads and technology co-ordinators worldwide on the challenges and benefits of digital devices in education.

International School is available in print, online and via the IS magazine app. To download the magazine, search ‘International School’ in the App store or on Google Play.

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If you would like to subscribe to International School magazine please visit our bookshop

If you have an editorial enquiry, or would like to submit an article, please contact editor@is-mag.com For any advertising enquiries, please contact Madeleine Anderson on manderson@johncatt.com

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Summer 2015 issue of Academy magazine available now! May 5, 2015

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Academy Summer 2015

The summer issue of Academy magazine (Vol4.No3) is now available to read in print, online and via the Academy magazine app.
Academy is published in partnership with FASNA and looks at the latest developments in the academy and free school sector. The latest issue provides in-depth coverage of the Spring FASNA conference, looks at the impact of the fast-approaching general election on education and includes inspiring editorials from headteachers and governors on the strategies that work in their academies.

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Read via app – Search ‘Academy magazine’ in the App Store or on Google Play

If you would like to subscribe to Academy magazine please visit our bookshop.

If you have an editorial enquiry regarding Academy magazine, please contact the editor Peter Beaven at editor@academy.mag.co.uk. For any advertising enquiries, please contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com or on 01394 389855.

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