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  • Barnaby Lenon, ISC Chairman

    "The strength of ISC schools lies in their very independence. They are free to choose their own curricula and qualifications and teachers who are specialists in their subjects."

Independence

ISC schools' strength stems out of independence from central government and local authorities.

Freedom to choose

Independence gives schools the freedom to make the best choices for the benefit of their pupils, from choosing their own staff to picking the best qualifications.

Each and every independent school is free to choose their own curriculum and qualifications, structure the school day, staffing and budget for the school as they think best.

Independent schools are at the forefront of the development of curricula and exams in Britain, including the international GCSE and the International Baccalaureate as well as the Extended Project Qualification and the Pre-U.

Independent schools are actively involved in the consultations about the reforms to GCSEs and A levels and consistently press for higher quality exam marking.

Independent schools are free to choose the teaching staff they think are best for their schools. Many teachers at ISC schools are specialists in their subjects, many having degrees or even doctorates, and are passionate about their subjects and enjoy communicating this to pupils.

Independent schools have much to offer the education sector and their ideas, culture and ethos are continually being adopted to benefit all children in this country.

Every independent school is free to choose its own curriculum