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Because we have been collecting and analysing international schools data for more than 25 years, ISC Research is able to produce a broad range of valuable intelligence reports.

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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.

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

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 country. This bespoke report compiles the latest data and analysis of international schools in a specific country. 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

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

International Schools Annual Market Report 2021

TitleSEPTEMBER 2021

A trusted reference for data, trends and intelligence on the global international schools market in 2021. Read more

China Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleCOMING SOON

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

China Market Intelligence Report

TitleAUGUST 2021

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

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

India Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

United Arab Emirates Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

India Market Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2021

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

United Arab Emirates Market Intelligence Report

TitleJUNE 2021

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

Japan Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleMAY 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Japan Market Intelligence Report

TitleMAY 2021

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

Summary Report

TitleMAY 2021

Our ISC research team analyse data throughout the year to help track development opportunities in the international schools market. This global intelligence report, offers you more flexibility to adapt your plans. 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

Indonesia Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleAPRIL 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

South Korea Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleAPRIL 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Indonesia Market Intelligence Report

TitleMAY 2021

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

South Korea Market Intelligence Report

TitleAPRIL 2021

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

Saudi Arabia Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleMARCH 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Saudi Arabia Market Intelligence Report

TitleMARCH 2021

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

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

Hong Kong Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleFEBRUARY 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Hong Kong Market Intelligence Report

TitleFEBRUARY 2021

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

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

Egypt Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleJANUARY 2021

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Egypt Market Intelligence Report

TitleJANUARY 2021

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

Vietnam Market Intelligence Report

TitleDECEMBER 2020

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

Thailand Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleDECEMBER 2020

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Vietnam Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleDECEMBER 2020

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Malaysia Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleDECEMBER 2020

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Malaysia Market Intelligence Report

TitleDECEMBER 2020

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

Thailand Market Intelligence Report

TitleDECEMBER 2020

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

Singapore Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleNOVEMBER 2020

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Qatar Commercial Intelligence Report

TitleNOVEMBER 2020

The report compiles essential data and intelligence on the international schools market to inform marketing and business development strategies for education suppliers or higher education institutions. Read more

Singapore Market Intelligence Report

TitleNOVEMBER 2020

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

Qatar Market Intelligence Report

TitleNOVEMBER 2020

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

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

The impact of COVID-19 on Education Technology in International Schools

TitleAUGUST 2020

In June 2020, 82 international schools from 41 countries were researched about their use of technology during campus closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 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.

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 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. ... 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 ... 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 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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Constance Evans
Constance Evans

Job title - Head of Finance

I started working as the Head of Finance for ISC in April 2020 and have really enjoyed learning more about International Schools. Prior to working for ISC I ran an Accountancy/Bookkeeping business with my husband Neil for approximately 16 ... View profile

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

Georgina Jones
Georgina Jones

Job title - Operations Coordinator

I joined ISC in 2015 as part of the Reports Team and in early 2018 moved into Operations. The Operations role allows me to work closely with all other departments within the business, focussing on project management, KPIs, procedures and ... View profile

Sam Jones
Sam Jones

Job title - Report Writer

I joined ISC 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, validate and ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 Online ... 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 ... View profile

Luke Walduck
Luke Walduck

Job title - Head of Reports

I joined ISC in March 2020. As Head of Reports, I am responsible for ensuring that our reports utilise the high standard of data that we hold. My team produce a variety of reports and work closely with the Commercial and Schools teams to ensure ... 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 ... View profile

Connie Zhang
Connie Zhang

Job title - China Research Assistant

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