We work with all sector associations to present a strong single message on matters of sector concern. We set our priorities through consultation with our member associations. Our messages are underpinned by authoritative research and analysis and are pursued using a variety of means, up to and including litigation.
On this page you will find links to ISC’s current campaigns as well as open consultations where your contributions are sought.
Documents relevant to this section can also be found by searching our publications.
ISC’s associations representing senior independent schools in the UK are contributing to the current debate on restoring public confidence in the examination of pupils at GSCE and A-Level.
More than 1,000 ISC schools are charities. ISC has taken the lead on challenging the Charity Commission’s controversial interpretation of public benefit, and issues guidance on how schools can live up to their charitable purposes.
More than 630 ISC schools are registered with UKBA to admit pupils from outside the EEA, welcoming some 7,000 pupils each year. ISC sits on UKBA’s Joint Education Taskforce and lobbies for proportionate treatment of this most highly compliant part of education/immigration.
Teaching is a single profession with a single pension scheme, the TPS, and independent schools contribute more than half a billion pounds each year into this otherwise unfunded scheme. ISC coordinates action to ensure our teachers remain eligible.
Independent schools are subject to a complex array of legal and regulatory requirements, and new legislation or policy is always under consideration and ISC works on the sector’s behalf.
Government frameworks for the early years, both in terms of curriculum, welfare and funding, have a major impact on more than 800 ISC schools catering for the 0 – 5 year old age group.
All schools are subject to legislation prohibiting unlawful discrimination, and independent schools are no exception. The direct parental funding of independent schools does, however, present our sector with different challenges.
ISC coordinates the work of the SEN Expert Group to help share best practice within the sector and to tackle issues particularly affecting schools with SEN pupils.
Nothing is more important to schools than the safety of pupils. However, over recent years there grew up a "bewildering array" of requirements, guidance and statutory guidance.
Every independent school is an employer and therefore requires familiarity with employment law and practice. Employment law is constantly evolving with numerous changes being implemented each year.
ISC works with our member associations to improve the information available to new teachers about teaching in the independent sector, challenge inconsistencies or discriminatory practice in initial teacher training and publicise the high quality teaching in our schools.
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