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International schools market reports

Whether you need global intelligence to inform your strategy, market-specific intelligence to find out more about a targeted segment, commercial intelligence to adjust your plans, or specialist intelligence to learn more about practices and market needs, we offer a broad range of off-the-shelf reports based on in-depth research. And if you need something more tailored to your needs, we also produce bespoke reports.

Singapore Market Intelligence Summary

TitleNOVEMBER 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Singapore international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

International school governance practices

TitleOCTOBER 2022

This specialist report highlights changes in governance practices in international schools in 2022, but also calls for further support of the school community. Read more

Where is the international schools market growing?

TitleAUGUST 2022

This exclusive white paper explores where growth is occurring within today’s international schools market. Read more

What makes the international schools market different?

TitleAUGUST 2022

How do English-medium international schools differ from domestic K-12 educational offerings and what does that mean for school admissions and education suppliers? Read more

International Schools Annual Market Report

TitleAUGUST 2022

A trusted reference for data, trends and intelligence on the global international schools market in 2022. Read more

Brazil Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJULY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Brazil international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Mexico Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJULY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Mexico international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

China Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJULY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the China international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Philippines Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJULY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Philippines international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Pakistan Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJULY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Pakistan international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Nigeria Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJULY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Nigeria international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

India Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJUNE 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the India international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Western Asia Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

Eastern Asia Intelligence Report

TitleAUGUST 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

South-Eastern Asia Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

UAE Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJUNE 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the UAE international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

The Online International Schools Report

TitleJUNE 2022

Although not new, online schools have gained popularity through the COVID-19 pandemic. As brands have established themselves within the international schools market, our team has delved into the specific nature of online schools in this report. Read more

Bahrain Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Bahrain international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Taiwan Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Taiwan international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Switzerland Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Switzerland international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Cambodia Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Cambodia international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Egypt Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Egypt international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Kuwait Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Kuwait international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Japan Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Japan international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Netherlands Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMAY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Netherlands international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Spain Market Intelligence Summary

TitleAPRIL 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Spain international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Europe Intelligence Report

TitleAPRIL 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform strategic plans required by leadership teams, consultants or investors, and to identify development opportunities. Read more

Portugal Market Intelligence Summary

TitleAPRIL 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Portugal international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Indonesia Market Intelligence Summary

TitleAPRIL 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Indonesia international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Germany Market Intelligence Summary

TitleApril 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Germany international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

The brands and groups leading the world’s international schools sector

TitleAPRIL 2022

This white paper highlights the K-12 school groups and education brands that are emerging as major influencers within international education. Read more

France Market Intelligence Summary

TitleMARCH 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the France international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Future of Assessment in International Schools

TitleMARCH 2022

This exclusive specialist report highlights the latest trends in K-12 international schools assessment and includes advice from experts and case studies highlighting opportunities and challenges. Read more

Edruptors 2021: the top international education influencers of the past year

TitleJANUARY 2022

Who are the opinion shapers within international education today? ISC Research has explored this question for the first time, identifying the key education influencers followed on social media platforms by people around the world. Read more

Thailand Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJANUARY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Thailand international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Saudi Arabia Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJANUARY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Saudi Arabia international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Vietnam Market Intelligence Summary

TitleJANUARY 2022

Headline data and intelligence on the Vietnam international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Positioning Report

TitleAVAILABLE TO ORDER

A comprehensive analysis of your school’s competitive positioning based on the very latest data and intelligence collected by ISC Research directly from international schools. Read more

Purchasing plans: the decisions international schools make and how

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

This white paper summarises the outcomes of our research into the ways international schools make purchasing decisions, and provides education suppliers with insights to develop a strategic approach. Read more

South Korea Market Intelligence Summary

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

Headline data and intelligence on the South Korea international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Malaysia Market Intelligence Summary

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

Headline data and intelligence on the Malaysia international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Qatar Market Intelligence Summary

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

Headline data and intelligence on the Qatar international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Hong Kong Market Intelligence Summary

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

Headline data and intelligence on the Hong Kong international schools market to inform marketing and business development plans for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

The International School Student Profile

TitleNOVEMBER 2021

Based on research conducted with international school students, alumni and staff over the summer, this report explores the profile of students that international schools attract and how this has resulted in market shifts. Read more

International Schools Intelligence Report

TitleAVAILABLE TO ORDER

Identify opportunities in your target market. This bespoke report compiles the latest data and analysis of international schools within your chosen segment. Read more

Recruitment and CPD in international schools

TitleOCTOBER 2021

ISC Research explored international school staff recruitment and continuous professional development through research conducted with international schools, recruiters and providers. Learn the outcomes in our exclusive specialist report. Read more

International school college counsellors share views on student pathways to higher education

TitleSEPTEMBER 2021

This white paper complements our latest research report on the pathway from international schools to higher education by sharing the views of international school college counsellors on the research results. Read more

The Pathway from International School to Higher Education

TitleSEPTEMBER 2021

Research on the impact of recent macro-environmental factors on the international school student pathway to higher education, exploring changes institutions have made to their undergraduate admissions processes. Read more

China Market Intelligence Report

TitleAUGUST 2022

The report compiles comprehensive research into the international schools market to inform international schools and education investors for strategic plans, and to identify opportunities for development or expansion. Read more

Benchmarking Report

TitleAVAILABLE TO ORDER

Find out where your school stands in relation to other international schools to strengthen your market position and refine your school’s key selling points. Read more

Teaching and learning in international schools

TitleJULY 2021

ISC Research has conducted research into teaching and learning practice within international schools to identify if it will experience noticeable shifts within the next two years due to the impact of COVID or other factors. Read more

The growing demand for international schools within a mid-market fee point

TitleMAY 2021

Our team has done further research to help you better understand this growing segment of the global international schools market.  Read more

Wellbeing in international schools

TitleMARCH 2021

A report highlighting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the wellbeing of students and staff in international schools. Read more

Why parents select an international school and the impact of COVID-19 on school choice

TitleFEBRUARY 2021

This white paper explores the common reasons why parents select an international school for their child and the impact of COVID-19 on their selection. Read more

Why and how independent schools open sister schools overseas and what next for this education sector?

TitleNOVEMBER 2020

Independent schools in the UK and United States are looking at diversification for alternative sources of income, one of which is foreign development. Read more

Inclusion in International Schools

TitleAUGUST 2020

This report uncovers research into inclusion in international schools over a period of 4 years. It sheds light on current inclusion practices, and provides understanding of how the international schools market has been adapting to the needs of ... Read more

Analysis of the historic response of the international schools market to local and global crises

TitleAPRIL 2020

In the light of COVID-19, this white paper highlights how the international schools market responded in times of crisis. Read more

Governance in international schools

TitleNOVEMBER 2019

ISC Research collaborated with the Principals Training Center to produce this first research published in 2019 into governance practices within international schools. Read more

DATA APPLICATION

You can't have intelligence without data

The comprehensive research presented in our market intelligence reports relies on the international schools data continuously collected, verified and analysed by our expert team. 

RESEARCH

Schools included in our research

For our market research purposes, we include a privately operated international school if the school delivers a curriculum wholly or partly in English to some or all of its students between 3 and 18, in a country where English is not an official language.

or;

If a school is in a country where English is one of the official languages, it offers a curriculum other than the host country’s national curriculum wholly or partly in English to some or all of students between 3 and 18.

PROCESS

Process and
quality control

We collect international schools market intelligence to complement the raw data we capture throughout the year. Our Field Research team both maintains close relationships with international school leaders and refers to local trusted sources for qualitative research purposes. They gather information on national education systems, government regulations and policies, growth areas and new developments. The raw data and intelligence is then verified and analysed to produce the most reputable, current and comprehensive research on the international schools sector. 

The wellbeing support most beneficial for staff this year
Wellbeing in international schools, March 2021 report

  • There is no wellbeing support for staff at my school 12% 12%
  • Wellbeing activities funded by the school 17% 17%
  • One to one specialist support 25% 25%
  • Resources enabling staff to have a voice about their wellbeing 31% 31%
  • Wellbeing activities organised by the school 38% 38%
  • Staff group events 40% 40%
  • Active support of the senior leadership team 57% 57%
  • Active support of colleagues 70% 70%

MEET THE TEAM

Teams involved

Henry Acheampong
Henry Acheampong

Job title - Data & Reports Executive

I joined ISC Research 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 ... View profile

Felie Arago
Felie Arago

Job title - Data Researcher

Before joining ISC Research, I ran my own small souvenir printing business. I also had experience working for a call center, a financial institution, and a telecommunications company in the Philippines. I am a wife to my supportive husband ... View profile

Linda Bonney
Linda Bonney

Job title - Head of Desk-Based Research

I have worked for ISC Research 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 ... View profile

Emman Burgonia
Emman Burgonia

Job title - Reports and Data Executive

I started my career in 2018, and I have been involved in research since then. Prior to joining ISC Research, I worked as an associate consultant in an accounting firm and a project manager in a management consulting firm. I have a background in ... View profile

Scott Cherry
Scott Cherry

Job title - Senior Report Writer

I’m an academic by trade. I’ve travelled the well-trodden path of a young intellectual: exciting doctoral research, a slightly underwhelming post-doc and, along the way (and retrieving some of that earlier excitement), collaborating with ... View profile

Nalini Cook
Nalini Cook

Job title - Head of Global Research

As Head of Global Research I lead a team of skilled field researchers and administrative staff who are responsible for ISC Research's field research with international schools, school groups, associations, investors and regulators around the ... View profile

Jim Cottrell
Jim Cottrell

Job title - Data Researcher

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Joanna de Jesus
Joanna de Jesus

Job title - Data Researcher

Before joining ISC Research, I worked as a Cabin Crew in Dubai for 8 years. I also have experience with job website, telecommunication, and at a publication company in the Philippines. I’m very happy to start my journey with ISC Research as ... View profile

Constance Evans
Constance Evans

Job title - Head of Finance

I started working as the Head of Finance for ISC Research in April 2020 and have really enjoyed learning more about International Schools. Prior to working for ISC Research I ran an Accountancy/Bookkeeping business with my husband Neil for ... View profile

Sheila Ferrer
Sheila Ferrer

Job title - Data Researcher

I have been an Educator for children with Special Needs for 20 years now and taught in Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines before I joined ISC Research. As I embark in this different career as a Data-Based Researcher, I am looking forward to ... View profile

Nicola Grafton
Nicola Grafton

Job title - Senior Data Researcher

My role within ISC Research 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 ... View profile

Mike Graham
Mike Graham

Job title - Data Integrity Manager

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

Georgina Jones
Georgina Jones

Job title - Head of Reports

I joined ISC Research in 2015 as part of the Reports Team and now lead that team; project managing the entire range of reports that ISC Research produces for our clients. This includes overseeing quality control, data verification, and product ... View profile

Sam Jones
Sam Jones

Job title - Report Writer

I joined ISC Research in 2015 as a data researcher, searching for first-hand information from schools and becoming very familiar with the information we keep and how we use it. In 2019 I moved onto the reports team, where I now analyse, ... 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 Research, I worked as a School Administrator and Head Preschool Teacher for a private preschool ... 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 Research, 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 ... View profile

Pia Maske
Pia Maske

Job title - Research Manager - East Asia

As part of the 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 Research, I trained and qualified as a ... View profile

Abhishek Pandey
Abhishek Pandey

Job title - Field Researcher

I have joined ISC Research as a consultant to support the field research team in South Asia. As part of my role, I connect with stakeholders from the international schools and gain insights to determine the market trends in South Asia. I have ... 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

Alfie Ramos
Alfie Ramos

Job title - Head of IT and Data Analysis

Being the Head of IT and Data Analysis, I collaborate closely with our colleagues here in ISC Research to provide tech and data analysis solutions to both clients and internal teams. I have been part of various software product development ... 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 ... 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 ... View profile

Zoe Shakespeare
Zoe Shakespeare

Job title - Operations Director

I have over 20 years of customer service and operational leadership, both in the UK and Europe, and always with an international context. I've worked in the ISC Research Head Office since 2014, providing training and expertise on the ISC ... View profile

Janelle Torres
Janelle Torres

Job title - Research Manager - South East Asia

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 ... View profile

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