Teaching and learning in international schools

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.

Research highlights



Of respondents said their teachers are influential in proposing change in teaching and learning models



Of respondents said their school is likely or very likely to move to a more blended learning model within two years.



Of respondents said their school has appointed a new tech-focused teaching and learning leadership role since 2018.



Of respondents said they access the learning progress of all students through formative, summative and diagnostic assessment.


New teaching models

According to a survey conducted in April 2021 with international school staff and senior leaders, only 39% of participants were offering a blended or hybrid learning model in their school prior to COVID-19. But 51% said they are likely to move to a more blended model within the next two years. This is only one of the noticeable shifts related to teaching and learning that are occurring in the international schools market now and in the near future. 

ISC Research worked with Dr Kristen Weatherby, researcher and consultant in education technology and teacher policy, in the analysis of the research and writing of this report.
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Key takeaways

The research has identified a number of conclusions that make for valuable reading and reference for school leaders, educators and organisations supporting international schools. These include:

  • The preference of different blended/hybrid learning models
  • The development of teacher skills necessary for teaching in a blended learning environment
  • Access to and use of rigorous online professional development
  • The management and use of student data to inform teaching and learning
  • Teacher management and empowerment
  • Learning and assessment approaches 

Included in this report:

  • Section 1: Shifts in teaching and learning
  • Section 2: Assessing learning
  • Section 3: Learning leadership

The report includes quantitative and qualitative results, conclusions from the survey and supporting recommendations.


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