OUR DATA

Data on international schools

ISC Research tracks the world’s international schools market and is the recognised source of data on market developments, trends and shifts. Find out how we collect it, check it and make it accessible on live data portals.

THE MARKET TODAY

International schools market growth

10 year comparison

SCHOOLS

%

7,655 in July 2011
12,373 in July 2021

STUDENTS

%

3.54m in July 2011
5.68m in July 2021

STAFF

%

328,661 in July 2011
550,846 in July 2021

FEE INCOME

%

$26.03bn in July 2011
$52.97bn in July 2021

LIVE DATA PORTAL FOR SCHOOLS

ISC Insight

A live data and intelligence portal which provides international schools with essential information to enhance your strategy and market positioning, improve brand recognition, grow your network and keep you informed of market developments.

LIVE DATA PORTAL FOR EDUCATION SUPPLIERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION

ISC Outreach

All the data and intelligence education suppliers and higher education institutions need to increase your reach and refine your business development and marketing strategy. ISC Outreach is your portal to the latest international schools market updates.

DATA APPLICATION

Data is nothing without intelligence

We analyse and combine our data with the market intelligence we collect on public schooling and education systems, government regulations impacting international education, growth areas and new developments to produce a broad range of in-depth reports.

DATA PROCESSES

Data you can trust

For the purposes of data collection and analysis, we include an international school if the school delivers a curriculum to any combination of pre-school, primary or secondary students, wholly or partly in English outside an English-speaking country.

or;

If a school is in a country where English is one of the official languages, it offers an English-medium curriculum other than the country’s national curriculum and the school is international in its orientation.

Our data includes: school location and ownership, age phases, student enrolment, capacity, student nationality, fees, contact details of staff across many functions and seniority levels, staff salaries and benefits, nationalities, facilities, quality assurances, examinations and curriculum, and school supply. We also gather demographic and socio-economic statistics for key regions, countries and some cities including population and growth rate which impact the demand and prospective demand for school places.

Data collection

Most data and intelligence supplied by ISC Research is collected directly from senior leaders at international schools. This data and intelligence gathering is conducted year-round by our field-based research consultants supported by our desk researchers. We also use trusted local sources, market experts and government bodies to acquire reliable market intelligence.

Data integrity

The raw data and intelligence is then verified and analysed to produce the most reputable, current and comprehensive research on the international schools sector. Because we have been collecting and analysing this data for more than 25 years, ISC Research is also able to produce valuable market trends and projections.

MEET THE TEAM

Teams involved

Henry Acheampong
Henry Acheampong

Job title - Data & Reports Executive

I joined ISC as a Data and Report Executive in July 2019. I have a background in statistics and Mathematics. I have been involved in various organisations of the years. Mathematics Teacher for one year in Ghana after which I came to the UK. Over View profile

Linda Bonney
Linda Bonney

Job title - Head of Desk-Based Research

I have worked for ISC since 2006 as a researcher and I now head up our team of desk-based researchers. I work closely with the field researchers and data analysts, as well as our desk-based team, quality checking the data we collect. I also lead View profile

Nalini Cook
Nalini Cook

Job title - Head of EMEA Research

As Head of EMEA Research, I connect with international schools, school groups, associations, investors and regulators across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. I collect quantitative and qualitative data enabling the compilation of up to ... View profile

Jim Cottrell
Jim Cottrell

Job title - Data Researcher

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Sam Fraser
Sam Fraser

Job title - Director of Research

I am originally from the United Kingdom where I gained a degree in Social Sciences, as well as financial and accountancy qualifications. My career has included work in the retail industry at head office level, and in the finance sector, as well ... View profile

Nicola Grafton
Nicola Grafton

Job title - Senior Data Researcher

My role within ISC involves collating school data and creating a comprehensive foundation of data to inform our report writers. My career has predominantly been within the airline industry and my past and current experience has focused on ... View profile

Mike Graham
Mike Graham

Job title - Data Integrity Manager

I joined ISC in 2012 to lead the Reports Team. I switched to a data analysis role in 2017, then I was appointed as ISC’s Data Integrity Manager in 2021. My main function is to ensure that the data in our reports, presentations and any other ... View profile

Penny Halsall
Penny Halsall

Job title - Senior Data Researcher

I joined the Desk Based Research team at ISC in 2018. Collecting and ensuring data is correct for the ISC database. Prior to joining the team I worked as a freelance graphic designer, working with a variety of publishing companies and design ... View profile

Paola Leyson
Paola Leyson

Job title - Data Researcher

Before joining ISC Research, I worked for international schools in Qatar, mainly in admissions and administrative support. I also had experience working for an oil & gas company and an advertising company. I lived in Qatar for 11 years and ... View profile

Rosaida Loredo
Rosaida Loredo

Job title - Data Researcher

As a new addition to the Data Research Team, my task includes collecting and checking important information for the database. And before joining ISC, I worked as a School Administrator and Head Preschool Teacher for a private preschool and ... View profile

Candy Lu
Candy Lu

Job title - China Research Coordinator

Prior to joining ISC Research, I worked for TMF group for 3 years as the office manager where I oversaw all the North China offices’ administrative requirements and led a number of integration projects for company merger and acquisition. I also ... View profile

Alison Martin
Alison Martin

Job title - Data Researcher

Prior to joining ISC, my work experience was always administration based, with a significant proportion of this being in Human Resources although most recently working for Swindon Council updating data held by children’s centres. I have three View profile

Pia Maske
Pia Maske

Job title - East Asia Researcher

As part of ISC’s Field Research team, I connect with school leaders and other stakeholders and collect key data and intelligence about the international schools market in East Asia. Before joining ISC, I trained and qualified as a lawyer in ... View profile

Audrina Oakes-Cottrell
Audrina Oakes-Cottrell

Job title - International Schools Research Assistant

I previously worked for one of our ISC Online clients Oxford Royal Academy where I used ISC Online to research international schools around the world for their student bursary scheme. I am very familiar with the world of international schools ... View profile

Rhea Marie de Pedro
Rhea Marie de Pedro

Job title - East & South East Asia Coordinator

I was living in Bangkok, Thailand, when I joined ISC Research in 2013 as part of the Schools Team and Sales & Business Development Team. As a Coordinator, I mainly do Data collection and Researching, and I work closely with other teams ... View profile

Tamas Perger
Tamas Perger

Job title - Data Analyst

I joined ISC Research in 2017. Previously I worked at Flextronics International in Hungary as Business Analyst and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) support for nine years. I was responsible for maintaining the site's ERP system and I managed ... View profile

Kateryna Repina
Kateryna Repina

Job title - International School Research Assistant

I joined ISC Research in 2017 as a Data Researcher. I enjoy using my skills to contribute to the company's research and intelligence work. I hold a Master’s degree in journalism and spent four exciting years working as a correspondent in a local View profile

Devon Sansom
Devon Sansom

Job title - Data Researcher

I began working for ISC Research in 2019 as a data researcher. My role involves collecting data for ISC Online and keeping the calendar of events up to date. I am currently a university student and enjoy competing in triathlons. View profile

Ghada Shaker
Ghada Shaker

Job title - Research Coordinator

My name is Ghada Shaker. I am Egyptian and married with one daughter. I graduated with a Mass Communication degree and was able to work in many places and experience several fields. I worked in the hotel management field as the Food and Beverage View profile

Janelle Torres
Janelle Torres

Job title - South East Asia Researcher

My career journey started in writing and shifted to education. Being an educator with specialization in early childhood education since 2009, my career led me to varied teaching opportunities in the Philippines and in Singapore. Prior to joining View profile

Oliver Wall
Oliver Wall

Job title - Head of Data Analysis

I have more than 7 years data centric experience, providing insight and analysis for some of the largest companies in the world. I’ve joined ISC in August 2021 to ensure consistency, accuracy and intelligence is delivered throughout all the we ... View profile

Ruby Wallis
Ruby Wallis

Job title - Data Researcher

I started working for ISC Research in 2018 as part of the desk based researching team. My role consists of collecting and checking international school information for our database. Prior to joining ISC I worked for a well known international View profile

Connie Zhang
Connie Zhang

Job title - China Research Assistant

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OUR SERVICES

Services tailored to your needs

For Schools

Whether you wish to grow your community, develop your peer network, keep informed of best teaching and learning practice, or refine your development strategy, we will adapt our data subscription services and market intelligence reports to your needs.

For Education Suppliers

Develop your marketing and business development strategy with reliable and trusted market data and intelligence to inform your segmentation, lead generation, content marketing, community and relationship building. 

For Educational Investors

Overcome the challenges faced in your search for a school partner. We will support you through every step of your selection process, providing you with historic and current market data and intelligence, as well as expert advice.

For Higher Education

Enhance your market knowledge to build strong relationships with international schools. Identify influential organisations and contacts to recruit good fit international students, in terms of language and independent learning skills and mobility aspirations.

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We are dedicated and committed to supporting the broader international schools community by providing data, trends and intelligence. Since 1994, we have guided schools with their growth plans, informed investors on new school development, helped universities to engage with international schools, and advised education suppliers that are supporting the market.