December 2015 press coverage
Modern languages and school improvement notices featured in the press in December 2015.
Based on an ambiguous list obtained through a freedom of information (FOI) request, Schools Week and the Yorkshire Post looked at improvement notices handed to independent schools. The list of more than 100 schools (a number of which were not clearly identifiable owing to lack of information) only contained a very small number of ISC schools. However, both publications ran the story, including an ISC quote, and this was picked up by a number of national newspapers. In the end, damage to ISC schools was limited.
Both TES and Independent Education Today picked up on a press release from ISC regarding the number of pupils from independent schools taking modern foreign languages and gaining extremely good results.
A number of reports picked up on British Council research into UK-style education overseas, and this used a large number of statistics from the ISC 2015 census.
Barnaby Lenon’s letter was published in the Times, responding to criticism of Oxford and Cambridge colleges for not taking enough students from the least well-off families. Other coverage included boarding and books that all teachers should read.
Across December, ISC managed 18 press articles with an estimated total 366,000 views.
The average domain authority of the sites on which we featured was 65. Each website's domain authority is marked out of 100 and is calculated on its strength and how high it ranks in Google search. The Times has an authority of 94; Schools Week, 37.
Media requests continue to come in on a regular basis and we hope at all times to convert these leads into positive news for the sector.