ISC Expert Advisory Groups
ISC facilitates several advisory groups, working with experts from our member associations.
Community Action Working Party
The Working Party has been in existence for over 40 years and consists of teachers representing the Associations’ schools with responsibility for developing programmes of Community Action, partnerships and volunteering in independent schools. It aims to foster links between schools within and outside the independent sector, in the UK and overseas, and to support schools which are beginning or seeking to expand their programmes. It holds a national conference every two years and regional meetings at intervals. The Working Party regularly advises on Government and DfE consultations and policy-making.
Community Action, partnerships and volunteering
Digital Strategy Group
The Digital strategy group consists of heads and IT specialists as recommended by the associations. The group is focusing on ICT policy in schools with controversial topics such as social networking.
Focusing on technology in teaching and learning
Special Educational Needs and Disability Expert Group
The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) expert group was founded immediately after the Warnock report in 1978 so that ISC’s member Associations could be kept well informed of current developments regarding SEND. The group consists of Heads and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCos) from schools ranging from those registered as specialist to academically selective and high achieving.
The remit of the group is to:
- Assist ISC with responding to government initiatives and be a source of information for ISC
- Keep Heads and colleagues properly informed as to their duties and responsibilities
- Provide a networking facility to help provide training and support for SENCos’ working within member schools
Approximately 79,000 pupils at ISC schools have been identified as having Special Educational Needs
ISC Annual Census 2018
Child Welfare Group
The Child Welfare Expert Group is established to anticipate, consider and respond to challenges in the following type of areas:
- Developments in safeguarding practice – driven by legal challenges, changes to government guidance, inspection requirements etc
- Developments in social media and IT – cyberbullying, offensive websites, digital imagery etc
- ‘High risk’ areas for schools – self-harm, body image, anorexia etc
The Group is tasked with preparing and disseminating via ISC and member associations best practice guidance and practical advice notes for schools.
Safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and welfare of children is central to the ethos of all ISC schools
Political Working Group
The mission of the ISC Political Working Group is to provide a forum in which ISC member associations can share thoughts and ideas with a view to shaping a unified voice for the independent schools sector as it relates to the political landscape.
ISC protects and promotes the independent school sector through targeted liaison with policy makers and opinion formers
ISC Communications Working Group
The ISC Communications Working Group was established in 2013 with the aim of improving communications and planning between the associations, with the goal of promoting and protecting the sector. It aims to co-ordinate and implement the ISC Communications Strategy, as agreed by the ISC Board. The Group is also tasked with contributing, preparing and disseminating via ISC and member associations best practice guidance and practical advice notes for schools.
The Group’s aims are to:
- Implement best practice in generating positive press coverage and in containing and responding to negative press coverage of the sector and associations/schools within it.
- Co-ordinate and plan strategies, campaigns and responses in which associations can work together to increase positive stories within the media and with political influencers.
- Share activities, news, research, publications and key events with other associations.
ISC coordinates the views of the sector, the associations and their members through the media