March 2016 press coverage
March was a relatively quiet month for independent schools in the media but there was a strong response when under attack from the outgoing Ofsted chief.
On two occasions in March, Sir Michael Wilshaw used high-profile speeches to attack independent schools, both for supposedly contributing to the teacher shortage and for concentrating too much attention overseas. ISC General Secretary Julie Robinson was quick to rebut the claims and her words were widely reported in the national and educational press.
There was further coverage of the ISC research from Durham University which showed that independent school pupils can expect a higher level of academic attainment than those at state schools.
A launch of a book about independent schools saw a headline about fees, again followed by a response from Julie Robinson, and Barnaby Lenon was quoted in articles relating to difficulties in securing school places.
In total throughout March ISC collated 23 press articles which had an estimated total of 916,000 views.
In April, the ISC communications team will turn its attentions to the 2016 census, which is due to be launched on Friday 29 April.