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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.

Head of Research

Jonathan Parkes
Email: jonathan.parkes@isc.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)207 766 7045


Technical Research Analyst

Brett Burridge
Email: brett.burridge@isc.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7766 7054


Technical Research Analyst

Shun-Kai Chan
Email: shun-kai.chan@isc.co.uk
Telephone: +44(0)20 7766 7073

Annual Census

The detailed Annual Census is completed by all ISC schools and is therefore a comprehensive and dispassionate reflection of trends within the sector.

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Exam Results

Every year ISC collects information on exam performance from member schools in the week following publication of exam results.

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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.

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Durham University 'Academic Value Added' Research, 2016

Research looking at the differences in attainment between pupils who are educated in independent and state schools.

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Soft Skills and Mental Toughness Research, 2017

Research looking at soft skills development and an analysis of mental toughness at UK independent schools.

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28 Apr 2017 Annual Census

ISC Annual Census 2017

There are now record numbers of pupils at 1,301 ISC member schools – 522,879 pupils, the highest level since records began in 1974.

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18 Jan 2017

Soft Skills and Mental Toughness Research, 2017

Research looking at soft skills development and an analysis of mental toughness at UK independent schools.

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