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Nick Brummitt

Founder/Non-Executive Chairman

In the course of building exhibition and bookfair businesses focusing mainly on English-medium schools abroad, I had a unique opportunity to research the sector. Visiting schools and interviewing heads in many countries over several years produced a unique data set. The research showed that the children of wealthy local parents were starting to dominate enrolment and I was convinced that there would be enormous market growth.

Accurate information is always key to good decisions. I founded ISC Research in 1994 to provide research, data and market intelligence services to all stakeholders, from the schools themselves, to investors, universities, consultancies and suppliers. The company has tracked the market ever since.

I attended grammar school, Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth and York University. My flying career ended abruptly after getting lost over Scotland at 10,000 feet.

Although I’m no longer involved in the day-to-day running of the business, I chair the board and continue to take an active interest in the market.


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First steps to actioning student voice in schools
First steps to actioning student voice in schools

What practical solutions are there to help international schools open up about student voice? We spoke to Joel Jr Llaban and Matthew Savage in our recent webinar, who shared some practical advice and insights on recent research findings into student voice. Read more

Why are more international schools encouraging students to have a voice?
Why are more international schools encouraging students to have a voice?

Do students feel that their voice is valued? Are international schools listening to student voice to inform change? Recent research by ISC Research delved into this subject, surveying students and alumni to gather their thoughts alongside a separate survey to educators and administrators. Read more

Making change to the International School Awards
Making change to the International School Awards

The 2024 International School Awards have taken a big step on the journey that many international schools are already taking. Changes will create more opportunities for international schools in different contexts to be celebrated. Read more


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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.