International school governance practices

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

Is school governance serving the needs of its community?

In May 2022 ISC Research conducted research to identify current practice occurring within international school governance models, and to identify how governance might have changed since baseline research, which was conducted in 2018.

Our specialist report explores changes in international school governance practices which include board diversity, board induction and CPD, board understanding of current school challenges and needs, board responsibility for Head of School wellbeing, and transparency of board responsibilities and evaluation.

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Included in this report

  • Research process and participants
  • The results
  • International school governance trends
  • A commentary on the directions in international school governance by Bambi Betts, Director of the Principal’s Training Center for International School Leadership (PTC)
  • Three direct view of international school governance: Vanita Uppal, director of the British school New Delhi in India; Ian Hunt, CEO and Chair of Haileybury Kazakhstan; and David Axtell, former parent governor.
  • Conclusions


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