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  • Soft Skills and Mental Toughness Research, 2017

    Pupils in independent schools are controlled, committed, confident and like a challenge, research into soft skills and mental toughness reveals. Read the full report.

  • Exam Results 2016

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

  • Annual Census 2016

    Record numbers of pupils at ISC schools. Read more in the Census 2016.

  • Find a School

    Find ISC member schools by county, town or postcode and refine your search further with day and boarding options, exams, gender, age range, religious affiliation, special educational needs and financial assistance options.

  • Schools Together

    87% of ISC schools are in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools and local communities. Read More.


Independent Schools Council

ISC independent schools are ranked among the best in the world and educate more than 500,000 children in the UK.

The Independent Schools Council brings together seven associations to represent over 1,200 independent schools. Our aim is to promote and defend the sector.

For ISC schools

ISC provides research, legal, regulatory and press services and we represent our associations by coordinating campaigns on specific issues. The Member Zone is for ISC schools and associations.

For parents

ISC offers a school search tailored to your child’s specific requirements, information for parents including fee assistance and special educational needs and disability and useful facts on the independent school sector.

How to get into University

Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) discusses how to get into University.

Daily News Summary

daily news summary 19 January 2017
School league table results 2016

ISC Daily News Summary 19 January 2017

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Campaign News

campaign news 2 December 2016
Employment update – December 2016

Pensions - auto enrolment, New statutory guidance on induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs), Risk Assessment guidance from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Time to Change, Updates to Tier 2, Apprenticeship Levy

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Research News

18 Jan 2017
Soft Skills and Mental Toughness Research, 2017

Research looking at soft skills development and an analysis of mental toughness at UK independent schools.

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