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Lobbying : How ISC Operates

ISC uses a variety of methods to get our messages across.

How ISC Operates

  • We engage with Government Ministers and officials at all levels.
  • We sit on Government working groups to inform decision-making and feedback sector concerns. Current groups include DfE’s Education Forum, the Independent State School Partnership Forum and UKBA’s Joint Education Taskforce.
  • We offer assistance to standing Parliamentary Committees, such as the Education Select Committee, the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Public Administration Select Committee, briefing members and providing or sourcing expert evidence.
  • We brief Public Bill Committees and the House of Lords Merits Committee on primary and delegated legislation affecting the sector.
  • We coordinate the work of cross-sector expert groups and provide platforms for these groups to speak with authority to Government. Current groups include SEN and ICT.
  • We brief individual MPs and suggest Parliamentary Questions for tabling.
  • We get involved in all stages of relevant consultations, either leading or coordinating cross-sector responses.
  • Where necessary, we can coordinate legal avenues of redress. Examples include ISC’s judicial review of the Charity Commission in 2011 and ISC’s support to schools and parent bodies challenging discriminatory admissions’ criteria.

ISC engages with Government Ministers and officials at all levels.


Underpinning all this activity is a rigorous approach to research across the sector, which we obtain via data-gathering exercises such as the ISC Annual Census.

We disseminate the outcomes of our work to all associations and schools via our newsletter and website. We aim to be a leading source of legal and regulatory information on our focus campaigns.

ISC offers assistance to standing Parliamentary Committees.