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

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in John Catt Educational news.
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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.

Doug Lemov profiled in Schools Week October 16, 2015

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We were pleased to see Doug Lemov with a nice long profile in this week’s edition of the excellent Schools Week publication.

Edition 43 of Schools Week can be read here: https://app.doxiq.com/d/93J1W/Schools-Week-edition-43

Doug, Managing Director of Uncommon Schools and author of Teach Like a Champion, was one of the contributors to our recent book Changing Schools.

Changing Schools is a collection of essays by teachers, researchers and administrators who have been on the front line of the revolutionary changes taking place in state education over the last five years. Their chapters cover topics such as assessment, academy chains, use of educational research, free schools and social media, and will be required reading for anyone wanting to understand England’s rapidly changing educational landscape.

Other contributors include: Andrew Old, prominent teacher blogger; Tom Bennett, founder of ResearchEd; Jonathan Simons, head of education at the think tank Policy Exchange; Katharine Birbalsingh, Head of Michaela Community School; James O’Shaughnessy, Managing Director of Floreat Education and former Policy Director for David Cameron; Daisy Cristodoulou, head of research at ARK Schools;


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

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isMag 18.1

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.


John Catt and INK Education – an exciting new partnership April 28, 2015

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INK-LogoNext month will see the first conferences to be staged under the banner of INK Education, a new company we have launched with author, trainer and former Headmaster Andrew Hammond.

INK Education grew out of a discussions surrounding a seven-book ‘Invisible Ink’ series authored by Andrew that will explore character education and the ‘invisible curriculum’ that can unlock children’s learning.

The idea behind INK is to host inspiring events with charismatic, energetic speakers – and to stage them at iconic venues. There are 12 conferences taking place in May and June in venues in London, Bristol, York and Birmingham, and we have also just announced our autumn term programme.

You can find out more about INK and the individual conferences by visiting www.ink-ed.com.

To find out more about the services that Andrew can offer schools, please visit his website. For information about the first book in the Invsible Ink series, Teaching for Character, click here.

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

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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

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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.

John Catt featured by the BBC as independent publishers are put in the spotlight June 16, 2014

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We were very pleased to be asked to contribute to a BBC Online feature about the strength of the independent publishing market.

The article was angled on the incredible success of A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBridewhich was originally published by Norfolk-based Galley Beggar Press.

The piece, which also quotes The Independent Publishers Guild, looks at how small independent publishers can succeed in the face of huge competition.

You can read the article by clicking here.

Changes at John Catt Educational April 15, 2014

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John Catt Educational logoWe are happy to reveal that April 2014 marks the start of a new era for John Catt Educational.

Jonathan Evans, who has led the company with such success for 25 years, has now stepped down and passed on the baton of ownership to a new management team, comprising myself, Jon Barnes and James Rudge.

The MBO process was smooth and amicable and we are hugely grateful to Jonathan for passing on a company in such good health. We would like to thank him for his enthusiasm, hard work and vision over the years and hope that he can now relax and enjoy time racing his Loch Long keelboat and working on his new hobby – golf.

Naturally, Jon, James and I are enormously excited about the opportunity of leading John Catt Educational. The company has been going strong for 55 years and we look forward to building on our established reputation as a leading publisher for independent and international schools, and to exploring new opportunities in the maintained education sector here in the UK.

We remain open to discussing ideas for new publications that will celebrate and support schools and educators, both in the UK and around the world. The company is proud of our long-established publishing relationships with renowned authors and associations and we look forward to developing new partnerships in the coming years.

The Restless School – Roy Blatchford March 18, 2014

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What is the cocktail of successful schools and their leaders? They are restless. There is a paradox at their core: they are very secure in their systems, values and successes, yet simultaneously seeking to change and improve. These schools look inwards to secure wise development; they look outwards to seize innovation which they can hew to their own ends and, importantly, make a difference to the children and students they serve.restless

This book is written with the certainty that whatever the quality of an education system and its schools at a given point in time, we shall strive to improve them, in the knowledge that perfection lies just around the corner. That is the human condition. That is the international imperative. That is the restless school.

  • What is the cocktail of success in memorable classrooms and great schools?
  • What powers the engine of The Restless School?
  • Should we judge schools by their values added or their value-added?
  • Why do schools falter and fail?
  • What might Excellence As Standard look like across global school systems?
  • What does the 21st century have in store for schools and school leaders?

Rooted in the experience of decades of education leadership, Roy Blatchford answers these key questions as schools everywhere seek to be world-class.


“In this thought provoking book Roy Blatchford draws on 40 years of wide ranging experience within the UK and international education systems in order to capture the essence of successful schools. The image of schools which are ‘restless to improve’ – never complacent, however successful, founded on a ‘crucible of values’ – provides a deeply positive and optimistic vision of a thriving and confident education service. So often opportunities for busy school leaders to lead their schools with confidence are constrained by immediate and externally imposed pressures. This book provides a valuable opportunity for school leaders to challenge those constraints by reflecting on what really matters.”
Brian Lightman, General Secretary, Association of School and College Leaders

“Blatchford sets teachers, schools and their leaders a standard that’s terrifying in prospect, yet assuredly attainable if we can just maintain our courage, commitment and determination – our professionalism, indeed, as he stresses. Inspired by this remarkable small handbook of school excellence, I don’t see how we can avoid accepting and confronting the challenge. It would be rude not to!”
Bernard Trafford, Headmaster, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle


About the author

Roy Blatchford is Director of the National Education Trust (www.nationaleducationtrust.net). Previously he was Her Majesty’s Inspector of Schools (HMI) in England, with national responsibilities for school improvement and for the inspection of outstanding schools. Roy has extensive experience of writing inspection frameworks, nationally and internationally, and has inspected and reviewed over 800 schools and colleges in the UK and Europe, USA, Middle East and India.

Roy was Principal of Walton High and Walton Learning Centre in Milton Keynes, opened in September 1999 and described by Ofsted as a first-class centre of learning innovative and inspiring . He was Founding Director (1996 1998) of Reading Is Fundamental, UK, a non-profit organisation developing children’s reading and family literacy. From 1986 1996 he was Headteacher of Bicester Community College, an Oxfordshire comprehensive school serving 1200+ 11-19 year old students.

He spent 13 years teaching in inner-London schools, youth and adult services, and has for 30 years been a trainer and speaker with schools, teachers, leaders, parents and governors on English and literacy, raising student achievement, curriculum development, school improvement, leadership and innovation. He has served as an adviser to various governments, most recently as Deputy Chair/Chair of Drafting Group of the DfE Teachers Standards Review.

Roy has worked with HM Prison Service, the NHS and the Arts Council in a number of voluntary capacities, and is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University. He is the author/editor of over 150 books and is a regular contributor to the national media. Recent books include Sparkling Classrooms, The 2012 Teachers Standards and Taking forward the Primary Curriculum.