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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.

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

Hour-Long Shakespeare launch June 16, 2015

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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

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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

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.
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