Teaching and learning

  1. Hour-Long Shakespeare: Henry IV (Part 1), Henry V and Richard III

    Hour-Long Shakespeare: Henry IV (Part 1), Henry V and Richard III

    Abridged specifically for all those interested in Shakespeare's plays, especially teachers and students of English and drama, these one-hour performance scripts 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. Learn More
  2. A Practical Guide: National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers

    A Practical Guide: National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers

    This Practical Guide seeks to illuminate the National Standards of Excellence for Headteachers, presenting a range of perspectives to bring the text alive for current and future school leaders and for those with the vital responsibilities of proper governance. 

    Discounts available for multiple copies. Please email booksales@johncatt.com to enquire.

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  3. Classroom in the Cloud

    Classroom in the Cloud


    Classroom in the Cloud aims to focus the minds of teachers and school leaders to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the online revolution and the emergence of blended learning.

    Alex McGrath, Head of King’s Ely Senior School in Cambridgeshire, argues that with planning and co-ordination, huge benefits can be reaped from new ways of learning, complementing the traditions of British education. He looks at the implications for the UK of e-learning practices and techniques introduced overseas and urges teachers and leaders to face the challenges posed by new technology and embrace change.

    “Important. Timely. Thought-provoking. Anyone involved in schools needs to read this.” Ian Yorston, Director of Digital Strategy, Radley College, Oxfordshire

    “This is a very exciting call to arms, offering good, practical advice to those who may feel out of their depth. It offers a clear debate and a real vision of the future of education in this country.” Gerry Holden, Headmaster of Dover College

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  4. Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum

    Taking Forward the Primary Curriculum

    Each order for this book comes with a FREE copy of The National Curriculum in England: Key stages 1 and 2 framework document, published by the DfE in September 2013.

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  5. Taking the MYP Forward

    Taking the MYP Forward

    The future of the IB Middle Years Programme Learn More
  6. Taking the IPC Forward

    Taking the IPC Forward

    The International Primary Curriculum (IPC) is one of the fastest-growing international programmes in the world today.

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  7. Taking the IB Diploma Programme Forward

    Taking the IB Diploma Programme Forward

    Reflections by a group of experts on addressing issues in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. Learn More
  8. Empowering Kids to Shape our Future

    Empowering Kids to Shape our Future

    Empowering Kids to Shape our Future:
    Inspirational Global Issues Lessons for Primary School Children
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  9. The Fascist Painting: What is Cultural Capital?

    The Fascist Painting: What is Cultural Capital?


    The Ofsted Inspection Framework states that cultural capital is 'The essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens' and that schools 'should be introducing [students] to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement'. They are now considering, 'the extent to which schools are equipping pupils with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.' But what does this term mean? And how are schools to respond to this?

    In this densely argued and wide ranging text, Phil Beadle answers those questions and many more by using the work of Pierre Bourdieu to prompt a discussion of how we improve the provision of cultural capital in our schools. Where does the best that has been thought and said come from? Why is the government importing the unexamined language of the private school into the state sector? What is the real purpose behind character education? Does sport, as is reputed, teach resilience, and why would anyone think it was appropriate to teach children a quality they already have? Is cultural capital just ruling class culture? Chiefly, does using a term originated by a French intellectual and radical sociologist to instate the culture of the rich as being superior prove anything other more a complete absence of thought, or have they accidentally given us a radical tool to change education for the better? This is a serious, rich and deeply intelligent piece of work that will radically alter the way we view culture in schools and will be a key text for anyone designing a curriculum.

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