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ISC's research team works to ensure that ISC is the hub of accurate and timely information on the independent sector in the UK.
From regular research, such as the Annual Census and Exam Results, to bespoke topical projects, such as the Economic Impact Report, ISC’s research and intelligence underpins everything we do.
Pupils in ISC schools account for around 80% of the total number of pupils in independent schools in the UK. The UK independent sector as a whole educates around 625,000 children in around 2,600 schools.
The independent sector educates around 6.5% of the total number of school children in the UK (and over 7% of the total number of school children in England) with the figure rising to more than 18% of pupils over the age of 16.
The detailed Annual Census is completed by all ISC schools and is therefore a comprehensive and dispassionate reflection of trends within the sector.Read more
Every year ISC collects information on exam performance from member schools in the week following publication of exam results.Read more
The Impact of Independent Schools on the British Economy
This report from 2014, highlights the huge impact of the independent school sector on the British economy.Read more
Durham University 'Academic Value Added' Research, 2016
Research looking at the differences in attainment between pupils who are educated in independent and state schools.Read more
Exam Results 2016
Half of all A levels graded A* and top GCSE grade five times higher than national average.Read More
ISC Annual Census 2016
There are now record numbers of pupils at 1,280 ISC member schools – 518,432 pupils, the highest level since records began in 1974.Read More