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ISC's research team works to ensure that ISC is the hub of accurate and timely information on the independent sector in the UK.
From regular research, such as the Annual Census and Exam Results, to bespoke topical projects, such as the Economic Impact Report, ISC’s research and intelligence underpins everything we do.
Pupils in ISC schools account for around 80% of the total number of pupils in independent schools in the UK. The UK independent sector as a whole educates around 625,000 children in around 2,600 schools.
The independent sector educates around 6.5% of the total number of school children in the UK (and over 7% of the total number of school children in England) with the figure rising to more than 18% of pupils over the age of 16.
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The detailed Annual Census is completed by all ISC schools and is therefore a comprehensive and dispassionate reflection of trends within the sector.Read more
Every year ISC collects information on exam performance from member schools in the week following publication of exam results.Read more
The Impact of Independent Schools on the British Economy
This report from 2014, highlights the huge impact of the independent school sector on the British economy.Read more
Durham University 'Academic Value Added' Research, 2016
Research looking at the differences in attainment between pupils who are educated in independent and state schools.Read more
Soft Skills and Mental Toughness Research, 2017
Research looking at soft skills development and an analysis of mental toughness at UK independent schools.Read more
ISC annual Census 2018
The ISC annual Census is the authoritative source of data providing a picture of where independent schools sit within the UK's education landscape.Read More
Exam Results 2017
Nearly two thirds of GCSE entries at ISC schools received A/7 or higher and close to one fifth of A-level entries scored the top A* gradeRead More