ISC facilitates several advisory groups, working with experts from our member associations.
The group aims to support schools address issues around environmental sustainability – by providing guidance, signposting best practice and co-ordinating sector support. In particular it will:
Further information is available in our developing sustainability section.
The purpose of the Group is to operate as a central point of reference, contacts and coordination for associated activity across ISC member associations and external bodies so that ideas, contacts and resources can be signposted and expertise shared for maximum effect (to be of practical benefit to schools).
The group will respond to challenges in the following areas:
This group has been in existence for over 40 years and brings teachers together who are involved with all forms of community action and service learning in state and independent schools.
The primary purpose of the group is to bring like-minded teachers together to discuss practice relating to students' engagement in community activities, with the aims of advancing the learning of students in the process of service engagement and increasing community impact. The group regularly advises on government and DfE consultations and policy-making.
The group holds an annual conference alongside regular meet-ups both online and in person. In 2020, the group expanded its membership considerably to teachers from over 60 schools, and now has introduced five sub-groups in charitable engagement, global partnerships, curriculum development, local partnerships, and social entrepreneurship.
Community Action, partnerships and volunteering
The ISC Digital Advisory 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. More information on ISC Digital and their work can be found here.
Focusing on technology in teaching and learning
The ISC Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Advisory 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:
Approximately 103,000 pupils at ISC schools have been identified as having Special Educational Needs
ISC Annual Census 2023
The ISC Safeguarding and Child Welfare Advisory Group is established to anticipate, consider and respond to challenges in the following type of areas:
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
The ISC Communications Advisory 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:
ISC coordinates the views of the sector, the associations and their members through the media
The ISC Cross Association Sports Advisory Group was established in 2014 to bring together sports representatives from ISC's Heads' associations as well as from the Professional Association for Directors of Sport in Independent Schools (PADSIS), and the Youth Sports Trust. The purpose of the group is to discuss developments in sport, physical education and games in general, and specifically within the independent schools sector.
Regular topics for discussion include: