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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.

Head of Research

Donna Stevens
Email: donna.stevens@isc.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)207 766 7058

Technical Research Analyst

Jonathan Parkes
Email: jonathan.parkes@isc.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)207 766 7045

Annual Census

The detailed Annual Census is completed by all ISC schools and is therefore a comprehensive and dispassionate reflection of trends within the sector.

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Exam Results

Every year ISC collects information on exam performance from member schools in the week following publication of exam results.

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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.

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Durham University 'Academic Value Added' Research, 2016

Research looking at the differences in attainment between pupils who are educated in independent and state schools.

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27 Aug 2016 Exam Results

Exam Results 2016

Half of all A levels graded A* and top GCSE grade five times higher than national average.

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29 Apr 2016 Annual Census

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.

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