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What is PedTech and why it matters to international schools?

TitleJUNE 2024

With perspectives from EdTech suppliers, international school educators and PedTech experts, this white paper will explore some common misconceptions of PedTech, why pedagogy is about more than teaching and classroom practice and why PedTech ... Read more

How administrative edtech solves problems and poses challenges for international schools

TitleAPRIL 2024

Edtech is no longer a ‘nice to have’ for international schools, it is embedded in every aspect of school operations, supporting both administrative and pedagogical needs. Explore the role that edtech plays in international education and how it ... Read more

Curricula reports 2023

TitleMARCH 2024

The Curricula - Global Overview 2023 and Curricula - Global Overview by Age Range 2023 reports present a comprehensive analysis of the international schools market, focusing on key global curricula and frameworks such as the International ... Read more

Age range and demographics 2023 report

TitleFEBRUARY 2024

This report aims to provide insight into the age range and demographics of international schools worldwide. Understanding these aspects is crucial as they not only reflect the current state of the market but also hint at potential opportunities ... Read more

What data tells us about the international schools market

TitleFEBRUARY 2024

The international school market is growing. In the last 5 years, the number of schools has increased by 8% and the number of students attending by 10%. This equates to a rise in fee income of over $9 billion globally. Read more

Edruptors 2023: international education influencers of the year

TitleJANUARY 2024

Find out who's been recognised as an Edruptor of 2023. Our white paper includes a list of international education influencers who share good practice and social media advice for their peers. Read more

International teacher recruitment and retention 2023

TitleNOVEMBER 2023

This specialist report analyses conversations with international school leaders and teachers over the past two years, on the shifts in teacher recruitment and retention patterns. Read more

International online schools

TitleOCTOBER 2023

In recent years, many brick and mortar schools are making the leap from traditional in-person classrooms to blended learning. Learn more about the unprecedented growth of the online schools market. Read more

Listening to international student voices

TitleAPRIL 2023

International schools are recognised for the globally minded thinking they develop within students, but are they valuing the student voice to inform change within their community? Explore the outcomes of our research in this specialist report. Read more

Why more international schools keep opening

TitleFEBRUARY 2023

As new international schools keep opening year on year, we've explored the macro and micro-environmental factors influencing growth in the international schools market. Read more

Where is the international schools market growing?

TitleFEBRUARY 2023

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

Edruptors 2022: international education influencers of the year

TitleJANUARY 2023

Find out who's been recognised as Edruptors of 2022. Our white paper includes a list of international education influencers who share good practice and social media advice for their peers. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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Promoting awareness of human trafficking through primary and secondary connections
Promoting awareness of human trafficking through primary and secondary connections

Jannapha Hubeny and Kennon Coe, primary educators at Atlanta International School (AIS), are dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking both within their school community and on a global scale. They serve as key facilitators of the school's organisation, Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking (AISAHT), working tirelessly to educate students and combat this critical issue. Read more

Transforming school communities with healthy food and farming
Transforming school communities with healthy food and farming

Award-winning Kopila Valley School serves 400 of the most vulnerable and at-risk children from the region each year using a holistic approach, with a major focus on experiential and place-based education. Sunita Bhandari and Rajen Karki discuss the school's healthy lunch program and agriculture initiatives. Read more

International mindedness at work 
International mindedness at work 

Lincoln Community School in Ghana won a 2024 International School Award for its hosting of the inaugural Model United Nations Conference. Johnny Schwerk, Counsellor at Lincoln Community School in Ghana, discusses the award-winning initiative. Read more

More than just a grade: Improving assessment literacy with leadership from the middle
More than just a grade: Improving assessment literacy with leadership from the middle

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ISF Academy in Hong Kong embarked upon the Assessment as Responsive Teaching (ART) Project. This emerged from a Professional Learning Community (PLC) on Assessment for Learning. Nicholas Forde outlines how a PLC model with ‘leadership from the middle’ can act as a driver of change within a school community. Read more

A purposeful journey: Integrating service learning and the SDGs 
A purposeful journey: Integrating service learning and the SDGs 

Samuel Hodge, Deputy Principal at Prince of Wales Island International School (POWIIS), discusses the award-winning POWIIS Project, a service learning/passion project curriculum addressing local environmental and social concerns. It is not just one initiative, but rather close to 30, aiming to cover all 17 SDGs. Read more

Service learning in action at the Kansai Food Bank
Service learning in action at the Kansai Food Bank

All schools want students to make a difference, but ensuring that this change is authentic can be a challenge. Mark Beales, Principal of Osaka YMCA International School, emphasises the importance of establishing sustainable initiatives exists at the school's core. He delves into the school's award-winning student-led initiative while sharing practical advice. Read more

Standardised assessments that meet the demands of international schools
Standardised assessments that meet the demands of international schools

For international educators, finding the right progress assessment can be a tight balancing act; with an increasing number of schools now teaching a combination of curricula across subjects, assessing progress effectively can present several challenges. Cerys Hadwin-Owen, Senior Lead Product Manager at Hodder Education, explores how choosing a skills-based assessment has many advantages in an international context. Read more

Empowering global citizens: DPS International’s journey towards sustainable impact
Empowering global citizens: DPS International’s journey towards sustainable impact

DPS International School in Gurugram won a 2024 International School Award for its Student Task Force, reflecting their commitment to innovative, student-led initiatives for community wellbeing. Gunjan Tomar, Activities and Service as Action Coordinator at DPS International School, tells us about the evolution of the Student Task Force and the various initiatives to exist within it. Read more

What do our students think ‘leadership’ is?
What do our students think ‘leadership’ is?

Schools are often keen to bandy about the term ‘leadership’. But it begs the question. In placing so much value on acquiring leadership skills, what exactly are we promoting, and how? Tom Wingate, Head Teacher at The Wingate School in Mexico City, discusses some insights into what students think of the above question and shares some useful leadership qualities. Read more

2025 International School Awards: Applications now open!
2025 International School Awards: Applications now open!

Hosted annually in January by ISC Research, the International School Awards shine a spotlight on the inspiring initiatives developed and led by international school leaders, educators and students. The International School Awards 2025 are now open for nominations. The closing date for this year’s applications is Friday 5th July 2024. Read more

Insights into international curricula trends and growth
Insights into international curricula trends and growth

International schools offer a range of curricula and are a key consideration for parents when selecting the right school for their children. Choosing a curriculum that best fits a student's learning style and provides them with a foundation for their future are both part of this decision-making process. Read more

Empowered leaders empowering learners
Empowered leaders empowering learners

UNIS Hanoi believe strongly that great leaders are made, and not born. Megan Brazil and Jenny-Lee Moore from UNIS Hanoi share some advice to help empower international school leaders. Read more

Action research as an improvement driver in international schools
Action research as an improvement driver in international schools

By engaging in action research projects, a team of advanced skills teachers have successfully improved the quality of teaching and learning against the school improvement plan. By supporting practice with educational research and emphasising the ‘why’ behind improvement efforts, staff members have bought into the process and are achieving more meaningful progress. Read more

Hybrid learning partnerships: three ways to support your school’s growth  
Hybrid learning partnerships: three ways to support your school’s growth  

A hybrid learning partnership can be the key to steadying, expanding and futureproofing your international school. Delivering world-class, live, interactive teaching fully online, 2023 COBIS Award winner King’s InterHigh is a solution international schools trust. Read more

AI is coming to school. Are we ready?
AI is coming to school. Are we ready?

Imagine walking into a classroom where an artificially intelligent tutor provides individualised instruction to each student. Where a virtual assistant instantly answers questions, summarises passages of text and offers writing suggestions. And where algorithms analyse reams of data to flag students at risk of falling behind. This vision of an AI-powered classroom is closer than you may think, but is it what we want? Read more

Building consensus for a meaningful AI policy
Building consensus for a meaningful AI policy

Since ChatGPT became publicly available in November 2022, schools have been reeling from the effects of artificial intelligence. In this article, Chris Ferrara discusses ways schools can build a consensus for a meaningful AI policy. Read more

Growing through kindness
Growing through kindness

In light of World Kindness Day, Lauren Kelley, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Coordinator, ACS International Schools, discusses the pivotal role that kindness plays in ACS’ organisational values and what kindness looks like in an educational setting. Read more

Navigating edtech challenges in international K-12 schools
Navigating edtech challenges in international K-12 schools

Educational technology has the power to transform learning in international schools. Technology can help teachers and administrators create an inclusive, flexible and adaptive learning environment that helps to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Dr Megan Conrad from ExploreLearning shares some advice to help international schools choose effective edtech products that work for their students. Read more

Restorative practices and Third Culture Kids
Restorative practices and Third Culture Kids

Alistair Goold discusses restorative practices – a growing phenomenon gaining traction in international schools – which hold the promise of transforming school culture and climate through evidence-based methodologies. Read more

Make bilingual CPD part of your leadership development strategy
Make bilingual CPD part of your leadership development strategy

One problem that often appears in schools with a high proportion of local staff is the difficulty they have in accessing the plethora of professional development opportunities that are only accessible to those with a professional or proficient level of English. There is a solution, which does not seem to be common practice, which is to deliver professional development programmes bilingually. Jeremy Newton shares some tips to help international educators clarify what is possible and how to implement a professional development programme at their school. Read more

The Third Space – A reflection on ways we develop our sense of context, community and culture as international schools
The Third Space – A reflection on ways we develop our sense of context, community and culture as international schools

As the sector has evolved from primarily teaching the children of globally mobile expats, to a demographic increasingly made up of local students, there is a mandate upon school leaders to consider ways in which the values and curricula of our schools should evolve to meet the changing needs of our students. Simon Probert reflects on the changing international school sector. Read more

Demand for international schools in India continues to grow
Demand for international schools in India continues to grow

Over the last few years, India has seen a steady increase in both demand and supply for international schools, particularly in the academic year 2023-24 compared to 2022-23. Due to the changing landscape of government policies, educational engagements and prioritising quality education, the prospects look excellent for international schools in India. Read more

Data on the international schools market in 2024
Data on the international schools market in 2024

As of January 2024, ISC Research data recorded a total of 14,010 English-medium international schools around the world enrolling 6.9 million students between 3 and 18 and employing 664,645 teaching staff. The sector continues to grow as parents seek educational choices for their children that guarantee quality and put students on a path to a global future. Read more

Winners of the International School Awards 2024
Winners of the International School Awards 2024

The winners of the International School Awards 2024 were announced by ISC Research during an online event on Wednesday 24th of January. 245 applications were received this year from international schools around the world. Read more

International education influencers of 2023
International education influencers of 2023

20 educators and education professionals are recognised as Edruptors of 2023 for their impact on the international education community through social media. ISC Research spoke with some international education influencers who share good practice and advice for their peers. Read more

Adding value through connections
Adding value through connections

When you think of innovation and creativity in learning, you might be forgiven for picturing something high-tech, cutting-edge and expensive: something beyond the reach of many schools; something perhaps attributed to the mantle of the computer science expert. Audrey McLean tells us about an interdisciplinary approach to innovation that involves adding value through cross-curricular connections. Read more

Facilitating innovation in teaching
Facilitating innovation in teaching

Innovation plays a crucial role in driving excellence and continuous growth in schools. This article shares strategies to foster a culture of innovation where teachers feel encouraged and supported to materialise their ideas. Read more

Wellbeing: a way to flourishing
Wellbeing: a way to flourishing

At The Millennium School Dubai, the journey of fostering a culture of wellbeing commenced in December 2019, as Ambika Gulati explains. Read more

Creating safe and secure learning environments: a school’s perspective
Creating safe and secure learning environments: a school’s perspective

Sanah Batta explains some challenges schools are faced with when it comes to implementing strategies for child protection and safeguarding, and lists some key areas that schools can work on to overcome such obstacles. Read more

Nurturing social and emotional skills in students
Nurturing social and emotional skills in students

Poonam Arora explains how, at Bombay Cambridge International School, the core objectives expound the all-round development of children, so that the values of human dignity and equality are enshrined in their hearts to create a true democratic and secular society. Read more

Safeguarding in international schools: operational vs. strategic leadership
Safeguarding in international schools: operational vs. strategic leadership

Matt Harris from ChildSafeguarding.com shares some safeguarding considerations for schools and school leaders to think about. Read more

AR in school: transforming design and technology education
AR in school: transforming design and technology education

Stuart Douglas explains how his school's design and technology (D&T) department embarked on a groundbreaking journey into the world of augmented reality (AR). This initiative was driven by a desire to provide students with a dynamic platform to review designs, simulate real-world environments and gain valuable insights from experts. In the wake of the disruptions caused by COVID-19, this AR initiative has not only bridged the gap but has also opened new doors for our students in the realm of D&T. Read more

The Universal Design for Learning glacier
The Universal Design for Learning glacier

Nanjing International School has started down a path to address the challenge of differentiation by shifting the instructional focus to Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Read more

Leading multilingualism in international schools
Leading multilingualism in international schools

This article puts forward the case for a formal leadership role at international schools focused on multilingualism. Jacob Huckle, Susan Stewart and Fatima Aissani-Miller share case studies of three international schools in different contexts that have a head of multilingualism, exploring the rationale for the role and what it involves. Read more

Trends, challenges and strategies in international teacher recruitment and retention
Trends, challenges and strategies in international teacher recruitment and retention

International schools are witnessing an unprecedented demand for teachers, a trend expected to continue into the coming decade. ISC Research has published a new specialist report looking at the recruitment and retention of teachers within international schools around the world. Read more

Landing in Bangkok –  the first Festival of Education Thailand
Landing in Bangkok – the first Festival of Education Thailand

The inaugural Festival of Education in Thailand, set to be hosted at Wellington College International School Bangkok on Saturday, 18th November, is a landmark event for educators across the region. Read more

Celebrating excellence: the 2024 International School Awards
Celebrating excellence: the 2024 International School Awards

Join us in counting down to our exciting announcement, where we will unveil the 2024 International School Award winners on Wednesday 24th January 2024. With this date rapidly approaching, we extend a warm invitation for you to join us in the lively discussions surrounding the remarkable school initiatives submitted for consideration. Read more

Integrating maths and design through robotics
Integrating maths and design through robotics

Irina Mach discusses how, for the second year in a row, grade 8 students at Western Academy of Beijing (WAB) have engaged in an interdisciplinary unit (IDU) that integrates maths and design through robotics. Read more

Building bridges through intergenerational learning
Building bridges through intergenerational learning

Jade Amalou outlines the intergenerational initiative implemented at Ma Kindy International School that emphasises community partnership. Read more

The Bubble
The Bubble

Our students were living in a bubble, largely isolated from the local culture and language. Rwandan Culture Week was the moment I decided something had to change. We were spending only a week celebrating the culture we are lucky enough to live in every single day. Lauren Jones recalls how her school has blossomed to implement the local culture into its school curriculum and ethos. Read more

How ‘Faux Snow Day’, a student-led initiative, changed the American School of Paris’ vision of student agency
How ‘Faux Snow Day’, a student-led initiative, changed the American School of Paris’ vision of student agency

Upon returning to school in 2021, the American School of Paris (ASP) took much care to bridge academic gaps, yet in the social scene, awkwardness lingered as everyone had seemingly forgotten how to interact without a screen. The students decided to take it upon themselves to compensate for the lack of socialisation. Read more

Middle leaders as drivers of school success
Middle leaders as drivers of school success

Since 2019, the English College in Prague (ECP) has seen year-on-year increases in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme results, even after a post-pandemic worldwide average decrease. While many incremental improvements across the school have contributed to this success, Emily Rankin outlines how ECP have worked hard to make Middle Leaders drivers of outstanding teaching and learning. Read more

Bringing sustainability into our core priorities for a successful learning experience
Bringing sustainability into our core priorities for a successful learning experience

Heritage International School in Moldova was shortlisted for its sustainability initiative by ISC Research at the International School Awards in 2023. Tatiana Popa explains the approach the school took to implement sustainability as a top priority, and how they involved everyone in it. Read more

Empowering youths: SALT’s QLEP initiative transforms education and inspires ethical leadership
Empowering youths: SALT’s QLEP initiative transforms education and inspires ethical leadership

In a world that is increasingly interconnected, bridging the gaps between nations, cultures and perspectives has become a paramount goal. At the forefront of this transformative journey, students at SALT International School set out to exemplify the essence of unity, communication and understanding. Read more

Instructional coaching
Instructional coaching

Our whole school learning objective is to make use of evidence-based strategies to unlock student potential. This year Instructional Coaching is the central strategy we are practising in the primary school to achieve this objective. Read more

The potential of Artificial Intelligence for inclusion
The potential of Artificial Intelligence for inclusion

While we acknowledge concerns about the rapid development and adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), we recognise it also offers great potential to include students in more sophisticated ways. Ochan Kusuma Powell and Becca Leech discuss the potential of AI. Read more

Implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to meet the needs of students within the PE context
Implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to meet the needs of students within the PE context

Matthew Magowan discusses how UNIS Hanoi implemented Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) within a PE context, a framework which focuses on providing high-quality, data-informed instruction to meet the needs of every student. Read more

The most recent data on the international schools market for 2023
The most recent data on the international schools market for 2023

Today, international schools are a familiar presence in numerous cities around the world. As of July 2023, ISC Research data recorded a total of 13,614 English-Medium international schools around the world enrolling close to 7 million students and employing 649,960 teaching staff. The sector continues to demonstrate resilience, generating over $58 billion USD, a growth of 18% in the last five years. Read more

The impacts of winning an International School Award
The impacts of winning an International School Award

Here at ISC Research, we were keen to learn about how previous winners of the International School Awards have continued to develop their initiatives. We’ve been fortunate enough to speak with some winners who are willing to share insights into what happened next for their school. With just 3 weeks to go until applications close for the 2024 International School Awards, let’s talk about how winning the prestigious award can impact your school. Read more

How to avoid school leader burnout
How to avoid school leader burnout

While the wellbeing of students and staff has climbed the agenda since the pandemic, the wellbeing of school leaders is still a low priority. This is short-sighted as research shows the quality of headteacher and principal wellbeing can have a significant impact on school effectiveness. Dr Helen Kelly shares practical advice on how school leaders can work to avoid burnout. Read more

Reclaiming hope
Reclaiming hope

Centred in community, inspiration and action, the Festival of Hope is an initiative created by the International Baccalaureate (IB) that aims to create spaces for millions of young people to speak up and turn complex challenges into positive action and hope. This article gives insight into the lives of students at UWC Atlantic College (AC) and their exploration of the concept of hope as they worked with the IB to host the Festival of Hope in Wales. Read more

What the pandemic taught us about wellbeing
What the pandemic taught us about wellbeing

Being a teacher isn't easy. Schools set high standards for educators to provide superb instruction and nurturing pastoral care, fully engage in campus life and communicate with many stakeholders. As such, it is essential for school leaders to prioritise faculty wellbeing, which Robbie Shields is here to tell us all about. Read more

Taking our community with us on our DEIJ journey
Taking our community with us on our DEIJ journey

As a leader in inclusive education, our DEIJ journey at the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has continued to gather momentum. Rami Madani shares practical advice in how to make DEIJ learning accessible to all, how to engage student voice, and more. Read more

A forest full of learning
A forest full of learning

Seeking to inspire more appreciation of the natural world, International College Hong Kong - Hong Lok Yuen (ICHK-HLY) made the decision to become the first school in Hong Kong to plant a Miyawaki Forest in an unused area at the end of a field. Derek Pinchbeck tells us all about this! Read more

Rights respecting framework guides ethical values focus
Rights respecting framework guides ethical values focus

Earlier this year, Tanglin Trust School were delighted to be presented with two 2023 International School Awards: the award for best Ethical Values Education and the International School of the Year Award. Peter O'Brien talks about the school's initiative here. Read more

Students lead belonging
Students lead belonging

Co-constructed by students and faculty in 2020, the International School of Helsinki’s (ISH) Student Voice Commission (SVC) empowers students to foster a culture of inclusivity for their peers and take action to promote equity. Rachael Thrash and Sofie Horák tell us all about it! Read more

Role models support pathways for girls
Role models support pathways for girls

Dubai College was shortlisted for a 2023 International School Award. Cliona McMenamin, Head of Careers and teacher of Mathematics, explains the future pathways initiative that was recognised. Read more

Taking drama digital
Taking drama digital

The digital drama initiative at the Alice Smith School in Malaysia turned a challenging situation forced by the pandemic into a new and innovative approach. Holly Sullivan shares how it has diversified and electrified the curricular and extracurricular offers through cutting-edge approaches to theatre design and communication technology. Read more

Supporting dyslexia and EAL through technology
Supporting dyslexia and EAL through technology

At Ajman Academy, meaningful technology integration has been at the heart of our school improvement journey over the past few years. The dilemma was to decide how to leverage technology in supporting our students by removing barriers to learning whilst maximising our impact on student learning outcomes. Read more

Embracing the right kind of struggle
Embracing the right kind of struggle

Newton College in Alicante, Spain was shortlisted for a 2023 International School Award. Its Principal, Alan Taylor, explains the strategic leadership initiative that was recognised for an award. Read more

Self-studies for school improvement
Self-studies for school improvement

Are you in a constant loop of self-study preparation? Is your staff burnt out by the requirements of the different accrediting bodies? In this article, Ildiko Murray, Head of School at Changchun American International School, China, explores how to collect, organise, present and use the materials for accreditation that go beyond checking boxes and aid continuous school improvement. Read more

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

How can international schools prepare for a crisis?
How can international schools prepare for a crisis?

We recently hosted an online panel discussion addressing the challenge of crises management in international schools. Our panel of experts share advice on how to approach the stakeholder communication flow at a time of crisis, the importance of the whole school community’s wellbeing and much more. Read more

Recruitment challenges hit international schools
Recruitment challenges hit international schools

Many international schools are facing recruitment challenges this year as the incoming teaching pool remains low and teachers within the sector have more choices due to the expanding market. Read more

Enhancing careers of the local workforce
Enhancing careers of the local workforce

For the third year in a row, Wellington College China has received HR Asia's Best companies to work for award and is the only education company to receive this honour. It stems from a strategic priority for the group to be the employer of choice in the region – both foreign and local. Is this a duty or a choice for all of us as leaders in the international school sector? Read more

A vision-aligned digital skills curriculum
A vision-aligned digital skills curriculum

Dubai College was shortlisted for the Digital Technology in Learning award at the 2023 International School Awards. Read more

Students as community-led changemakers
Students as community-led changemakers

SALT is a school community that aims to play an integral role in bringing people together to help communicate, build relationships and understand each other. Justin Park talks about SALT's goal to provide an all-inclusive approach towards learning that experiences the collaboration and cooperation of various entities. Read more

Social media – A window to your education world?
Social media – A window to your education world?

Nalini Cook looks at the full interviews from the Edruptors of 2022 and shares some of her favourite comments. Read more

It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top
It doesn’t have to be lonely at the top

Jo Evans was once told to think carefully about moving into senior leadership roles because “it’s lonely at the top”. It doesn't have to be lonely, as Jo explains and offers leadership support. Read more

Transforming minds and lives in Nairobi
Transforming minds and lives in Nairobi

Still I Rise is an NGO that provides high-quality education to out-of-school and refugee children. Its international school in Nairobi is the first school in the world providing the IB framework for free to vulnerable Kenyan and refugee children. The school received a Highly Commended award at the 2022 International School Awards. Read more

Helping where it matters
Helping where it matters

The American School of Warsaw (ASW) in Poland won the Community Partnership Award at the 2023 International School Awards for a student-led community initiative with scale and impact as explained by Jon Zurfluh and Ligita Miele. Read more

ChatGPT and AI in school: The artificially intelligent teacher
ChatGPT and AI in school: The artificially intelligent teacher

Edruptor of 2022 Sunny Thakral shares his experience of working with artificial intelligence in the classroom. Read more

Addressing suicide ideation in schools
Addressing suicide ideation in schools

North London Collegiate School (NLCS) Jeju received the Safeguarding Award at this year’s International School Awards in January for an initiative to confront suicide ideation as James Caudle explains. Read more

Meta, Meta everywhere but in an analogue way we think…
Meta, Meta everywhere but in an analogue way we think…

In a light-speed world where we needed everything two days ago and perfection at the click of a button, are we prepared for a world in the metaverse? Are we prepared for a world where artificial intelligence (AI) can teach students to be discerning with information? Are we ready to pivot into the future, no matter the direction? Read more

How to confront a changing landscape
How to confront a changing landscape

Ghana International School (GIS) is a not-for-profit, private, non-sectarian, coeducational day school established in September 1955 to provide international education to students of all races and creeds, at a time when Ghana was yet to achieve full independence and international schools were a rarity. Dr Mary Ashun explains the need for international mindedness and how GIS is on a mission to confront this. Read more

What’s driving growth within the international schools market?
What’s driving growth within the international schools market?

January 2023 data released by ISC Research shows that 6.5 million children between the ages of 3 and 18 are currently enrolled at international schools around the world: a 53% growth in the market since 2013. Read more

International School Awards 2023 Winners Revealed
International School Awards 2023 Winners Revealed

The winners of the International School Awards 2023 were announced during a live online event on Tuesday 24th of January. 291 applications were received this year from international schools in 61 countries including schools in Poland, the United States of America, Thailand, Belgium and China. Read more

Submitting a quality application: Advice from the International School Awards judges
Submitting a quality application: Advice from the International School Awards judges

The aim of the International School Awards is to share some of the outstanding initiatives that address common needs for learning and for community action that are being implemented by international schools. Here is some advice from the International School Awards judging panel to guide schools when preparing their awards application. Read more

Exploring the contemporary pathways international school students are selecting
Exploring the contemporary pathways international school students are selecting

The results of a survey conducted with international schools by ISC Research in November (2022) suggest that students from an early age are now considering alternative pathways but university offerings remain a significant choice. The results of the survey, and what this looks like at school level, are addressed by college counsellors from Indonesia, Bulgaria and China in our latest Heads Up episode. Read more

New shifts in the future pathways of international school students
New shifts in the future pathways of international school students

Are international school students considering different pathways and taking alternative routes towards their future goals when they leave school at age 16 or 18? Latest research will be discussed at a webinar in December with career guidance and college counsellors at international schools. Read more

Students take action and speak out in shortlisted sustainability initiatives
Students take action and speak out in shortlisted sustainability initiatives

Sustainability is increasingly a central pillar of many international schools and this was reflected in the wide range of applications and initiatives for the Sustainability category of this year’s International School Awards. Read more

Student, staff and whole school wellbeing initiatives shortlisted for the International School Awards
Student, staff and whole school wellbeing initiatives shortlisted for the International School Awards

The applications submitted for this year’s International School Awards wellbeing category reflect the breadth and depth to which wellbeing is being addressed by many international schools today. Read more

Schools developing ethical values in students
Schools developing ethical values in students

The Ethical Values Education category in the International School Awards recognises school initiatives that support students in their development of ethical values, encouraging students to think and act as good citizens. Read more

Strategic leadership initiatives shortlisted for International School Awards
Strategic leadership initiatives shortlisted for International School Awards

There were a wide range of initiatives submitted for the Strategic Leadership category of this year’s International School Awards. They ranged from implementing a culture of care, creating a sensory space, and developing a bullying-free school, to embedding a house system, improving governance, and building middle management capacity within a school. Read more

Educating East Jerusalem: The UN Sustainable Development Goals as a change agent of society
Educating East Jerusalem: The UN Sustainable Development Goals as a change agent of society

A whole school focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) helped to both resuscitate and bring hope to a school community and allowed its students to understand themselves anew, as authors of their own destinies, as Andrew Watson explains. Read more

Data-driven interventions for Third Culture Kids
Data-driven interventions for Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids (TCKs), children who grow up outside their passport countries, face a lot of mobility and transition which increases difficulties that serve as sources of resilience – if adequate support is provided. When that support is not present, we see struggles with regulation, connection and empathy for others. Read more

Empathy at Sara Village School
Empathy at Sara Village School

Our mission at Sara Village School is ‘We Inspire Innovation and Compassionate Action’. Our work integrating empathy into our curriculum, and our celebration of Empathy Week, has been a key strategy in our efforts to live our mission. Read more

Supporting equality in international school leadership
Supporting equality in international school leadership

Beccy Fox, Director of Teaching and Learning at KIS International School, Bangkok, shares her recent thoughts about women in leadership in international schools. Read more

Changing school culture and infrastructure
Changing school culture and infrastructure

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work is change management work. Embedding DEI practices in one’s institution requires knowing what accelerates change, and what impedes it. In this article we draw on Lippitt’s Managing Complex Change model and Powell and Powell’s NFI Inclusive Toolkit, to introduce a Total Inclusivity Change Components Model. Read more

Tech cognisance, competence and confidence in teachers
Tech cognisance, competence and confidence in teachers

As you look ahead to 2023, how are the decisions made about using digital technologies in your classrooms shaping the skills and awareness of your students to live in a globalised world? Read more

Post-COVID wellbeing in international school communities
Post-COVID wellbeing in international school communities

There is a desire to move forward and leave the past behind, and many students and teachers are more or less able to do this. However, a significant proportion of staff, students, parents and families continue to experience difficulties relating to the pandemic. There is much we can do if we take the initiative now. Read more

Leading recovery through positive contagion
Leading recovery through positive contagion

In 2019, AFNORTH International School was flying high, following a cultural shift that placed Values-based Education at the core of its work. However, with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the innovative and ambitious international model for education that had seen four different national sections, and six school sections, collaborate to establish and embed a commonly agreed ethical values approach was ‘attacked’ overnight. Read more

Exploring the world of work with meaning and purpose
Exploring the world of work with meaning and purpose

Dulwich College Beijing in China won the Pathways to Continued and University Education Award at the 2022 International School Awards. Here, Anthony Coles explains the initiative and its continued development since receiving the recognition. Read more

A common language for great teaching
A common language for great teaching

As part of a review of Continuous Professional Learning (CPL), the senior leadership team at Kellett School has identified the potential of using a clearly articulated common language when it comes to teaching and learning. Read more

Future pathway initiatives for this year’s International School Awards
Future pathway initiatives for this year’s International School Awards

Three initiatives that support international school students with their future pathway decisions have been shortlisted for the 2023 International School Awards. The judges commended all three initiatives and shared a message for many other international schools that submitted an application for this award category. Read more

Celebrating DEIJ as a school-wide mission
Celebrating DEIJ as a school-wide mission

The DEIJ International School Award highlights some of the inspiring initiatives being delivered by international schools with the goal of developing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) throughout their school, for students and all other stakeholders. Read more

Governance practice to enhance a school’s culture
Governance practice to enhance a school’s culture

ISC Research has published a new specialist report into governance practice in international schools. The report shares insights into governance practice and responsibilities from 129 survey respondents in 59 different countries. It offers international schools a chance to benchmark their own governance structure against the results. Read more

Safeguarding initiatives confront societal challenges
Safeguarding initiatives confront societal challenges

Applications in this year’s International School Awards Safeguarding category reflect some of the challenges that international school communities and wider society are facing today. Read more

How digital technology is supporting student learning
How digital technology is supporting student learning

Digital technology can support the teaching and learning of all subjects in an abundance of ways. The schools that were shortlisted for the Digital Technology in Learning International School Award 2023 shared passion for the innovative use of technology and how it can support learning. Read more

International schools bring local communities together
International schools bring local communities together

The Community Partnership category for the 2023 International School Awards attracted many inspiring applications from international schools in a range of contexts. Read more

Shortlisted initiatives for the innovation and creativity award provide inspiration
Shortlisted initiatives for the innovation and creativity award provide inspiration

The Innovation and Creativity category for the 2023 International School Awards attracted some outstanding applications from international schools in a range of contexts. These embraced green, STEAM, wellbeing, and outdoor learning initiatives. Read more

International School Awards 2023 Shortlisted Schools Announced
International School Awards 2023 Shortlisted Schools Announced

The shortlisted schools have been announced for the International School Awards 2023 hosted by ISC Research. Read more

The international schools market in a regional context
The international schools market in a regional context

If you had a granular view of the international schools market, how could it support you with your international school growth strategy, development planning, or admissions? Our most recent white paper highlights key factors and trends to be aware of. Read more

Are parents of international school students racist?
Are parents of international school students racist?

Danau Tanu, Author and Japan Foundation Research Fellow at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies in Tokyo, shares her experiences of internalised racism, helping to raise awareness around the issue. Read more

Wellness in Action
Wellness in Action

Students looking out for the mental health of peers is always positive, especially when students can actively engage in activities that they can incorporate into their lives. Mick Admundson-Geisel, High School Counsellor at The International School Yangon, Myanmar, shares advice on how to implement a student-led wellness project. Read more

Eight lessons in experience strategy for the school of the future
Eight lessons in experience strategy for the school of the future

Living in the shadow of a global pandemic, it is hard to avoid articles about the school of the future. David Willows and Suzette Parlevliet, co-founders of Yellow Car, share eight lessons in experience strategy designed to help schools stand out. Read more

A kinder, better place
A kinder, better place

The International School of Zug and Luzern was honoured with two 2022 International School Awards in January: the International Impact Award for its Global Changemakers Project and the Environment Award for its Aquaponics Programme. Both initiatives highlight work by students and for students towards realising a vision for a better, kinder world as Head of School Barry Dequanne explains. Read more

A data-driven route to better life and learning for students
A data-driven route to better life and learning for students

Over the past five years, Gems Founders School, Dubai (GFS) has focused on shifting the assessment paradigm as part of their school improvement strategy. Read more

Supporting SEN in all environments
Supporting SEN in all environments

Identifying, planning for and meeting the needs of SEN students in an international setting throws up an array of unique challenges. Recognising SEN in countries such as Thailand, where a stigma around those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities still exists, is often the first hurdle to overcome. Read more

Addressing teacher recruitment challenges through training
Addressing teacher recruitment challenges through training

Good schools need good teachers. But the fact is that teacher supply presents a significant challenge for the international sector. Dr Fiona Rogers, Deputy CEO, Director of Professional Development and Research at COBIS, highlights how to overcome these challenges. Read more

Developing an empathic community
Developing an empathic community

Everyone needs a role model. The smallest of children naturally find someone they look up to, and seek out those they most relate to, and this continues throughout life. Professor Dr Ger Graus OBE shares insights into how to develop an empathic community within international schools. Read more

The future is Meta
The future is Meta

Sunny Thakral, Head of Computer Science at Brighton College Bangkok, discusses how we can educate children in the metaverse and through using virtual reality. Read more

Leading a smart campus
Leading a smart campus

How do you run a campus with 3,500 students who have the option of learning multiple curricula under one roof, right from their early childhood years until they graduate high school? It’s a humongous task to say the least, and it's challenging. But it's not impossible, especially when you have designed it to be one of the first smart campuses of the world. Read more

Pathways into aviation, aeronautics and STEM
Pathways into aviation, aeronautics and STEM

Mariona Coderch López shares insights into her journey of taking GEMS International School - Al Khail (GIS) through the accreditation process of the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (CP). Read more

Transitions care matters for everyone
Transitions care matters for everyone

Jessica Fortin, Admissions Director at the International Community School of Addis Ababa, shares insights into the implementation of transitions-care learning. Read more

How do international schools differ from local schools in 2022?
How do international schools differ from local schools in 2022?

What are the key factors in which international schools differ from local schools? A recent ISC Research white paper shares insights into how to better understand how this growing market is differentiating itself from other K-12 educational offerings. Read more

The new international school data for 2022
The new international school data for 2022

As of July 2022, ISC Research data recorded a total of 13,180 English-Medium international schools around the world enrolling 5.8 million students aged between 3 and 18 and employing 571,000 teaching staff. The sector emerged from the pandemic stronger than ever and continues to demonstrate defensive resilience, generating over $53.8 billion USD in annual school fees. Read more

Implementation of an innovative school strategy
Implementation of an innovative school strategy

Why should you implement an innovative strategy within your school? International education expert and guest panelists addressed this question through the lens of three emerging aspects of school life during the ISC Research Edruptors@School conference in June. Read more

How to bring a school community on a strategic journey
How to bring a school community on a strategic journey

How do you mobilise your school community on a strategic journey? This question was addressed during the ISC Research Edruptors@School conference in June. Read more

International school leadership for long term strategy
International school leadership for long term strategy

The ISC Research Edruptors@School conference, which took place in June, explored innovation, transformation, and balance in international school leadership. Day one of the conference focused on international school leadership for long term strategy. Read more

Spotlight on Online International Schools
Spotlight on Online International Schools

Latest data and trends published by ISC Research in a new report of the online international schools market suggest the sector has seen an acceleration in growth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, creating alternative pathways to education founded on inclusion and innovation. Read more

International School Awards act as a stepping stone towards the World’s Best School Prizes
International School Awards act as a stepping stone towards the World’s Best School Prizes

We’re delighted to announce the success of the innovative and inspiring initiatives shortlisted for the 2022 International School Awards that have also been confirmed as short listers for the 2022 World’s Best School Prizes. Read more

International school groups gain international school market share
International school groups gain international school market share

School groups are gaining a greater share of the expanding international schools market. In 2017, 23% of the schools within the global international schools market were part of a school group. In 2022, that percentage has increased to 38%. Read more

Improving the induction of new staff in international schools
Improving the induction of new staff in international schools

With an average of just three years per contract, what are international schools doing to support new staff – those new to the location, and those who are local but new to the school? Read more

A strategic approach to wellbeing within an international school community
A strategic approach to wellbeing within an international school community

Marlborough College Malaysia won the strategic leadership award at the 2022 International School Awards for a whole-school positive psychology and wellbeing initiative for students and staff, involving a wellbeing researcher-in-residence and peer group mental health first-aiders for staff. Read more

Big ideas: forging partnerships to tackle climate change
Big ideas: forging partnerships to tackle climate change

Graeme Lawrie's role is to drive ACS's charitable mission to advance the education of its students and also the wider community, by working locally and internationally, sharing expertise and resources, as a valued partner to schools, businesses, and communities. Read more

Every drop counts: A whole-school approach to sustainable development
Every drop counts: A whole-school approach to sustainable development

When Greta Thunberg stood outside the Swedish Parliament in September 2018 with a sign saying ‘School Strike for Climate’, she captured the imaginations of young people everywhere, including those at Chinese International School (CIS) in Hong Kong. Read more

Creativity on a roll – Bringing innovation and creativity into the international school curriculum
Creativity on a roll – Bringing innovation and creativity into the international school curriculum

The Design, Innovation, Computing, Enterprise (DICE) curriculum at Nord Anglia International School Dubai (NAS Dubai) recently won the International School Awards (ISAs) Innovation and Creativity in Learning category for its novel and creative approach. The award is testament to the work and dedication of the staff, students and school community. Read more

Developing self-directed learners
Developing self-directed learners

The educational journey from kindergarten right through to high school and beyond can be extremely fulfilling and inspiring for many young people, but it can also be a real struggle for others.  Read more

Jack and me: What I learned about inclusivity, and how schools can become more inclusive, from my transgender son
Jack and me: What I learned about inclusivity, and how schools can become more inclusive, from my transgender son

Modest estimates suggest that at least 1% of the global population currently identify as trans or non-binary. This means that, even in smaller schools, some of your students will be questioning their gender identity and, in private if not in public, many of these students will be taking their first steps towards transitioning from the sex that was assigned to them at birth. Read more

DEIJ and the educational journey. Listening, learning and committed to action for meaningful systemic change
DEIJ and the educational journey. Listening, learning and committed to action for meaningful systemic change

At UWCSEA, for over 50 years we have acknowledged that our vision of a peaceful, sustainable future would only be achieved through the combined strengths and differences of many, working together and committed to deliberate actions for greater equity and inclusion on our campuses. Read more

Award-winning digital tech-centred project-based problem-solving
Award-winning digital tech-centred project-based problem-solving

Colegio Panamericano in Colombia won the Digital Technology in Learning International Schools Award 2022 for an interdisciplinary project-based approach to problem-solving that integrates digital technology. Read more

Embedding a culture of inclusion
Embedding a culture of inclusion

In recent years, diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) has risen to the fore of the international school agenda. The scope of focus is broad, from examining DEIJ as employers to enabling it as educators. However unique these areas may seem operationally, the key to progress is the same – developing a culture of inclusion Read more

Leading a long-term digital strategy within an international school setting
Leading a long-term digital strategy within an international school setting

Emily Colyer, Content Producer at Bett, talks to Brian Taylor, Assistant Principal at Bangkok Patana School in Thailand about how Bangkok Patana is honing its long-term digital strategy. Read more

Name changes, foreign textbook bans, and strict regulations impact schools in China offering international education
Name changes, foreign textbook bans, and strict regulations impact schools in China offering international education

Recent education policy changes in China are impacting schools in the country, notably the schools that offer an international education. Several government changes in the last 18 months are gaining public attention as impact of the regulations is becoming visible. Read more

How are international school groups developing?
How are international school groups developing?

As the international schools market has expanded, and investment potential has increased, so brands are emerging within this sector that are considered influential across the global education market. ISC Research has released a white paper as a guide to current trends and developments. Read more

International School Awards 2023: Applications now open
International School Awards 2023: Applications now open

The International School Awards 2023 are now open for nominations. Not only are the awards a chance to share and learn from innovative practice, but shortlisted and award-winning schools receive an award logo, extensive recognition of their initiative, and winners receive a prestigious trophy. Read more

Empowering students to disclose abuse
Empowering students to disclose abuse

The International School Ho Chi Minh City – American Academy won the Safeguarding awards at the 2022 International School Awards for an initiative that protects students from abuse and trains international schools in child protection practices. Michael Tower, the school’s Safeguarding Lead, shares details. Read more

Assessment in international schools report and podcast share advice
Assessment in international schools report and podcast share advice

A new report on the future of K-12 assessment practice in international schools highlights the changes many international schools are currently making. Read more

School initiatives help students develop ethical values
School initiatives help students develop ethical values

School initiatives that support students in their development of ethical values, which encourage them to think and act as good citizens, are recognised in the International School Awards through the Ethical Values Education Award. Read more

Supporting students displaced by war
Supporting students displaced by war

For the past five years, Amala has worked with young people who are displaced. Here are some things to keep in mind when receiving and supporting students displaced by war. Read more

Investigating value through storytelling and fantasy
Investigating value through storytelling and fantasy

Berlin Brandenburg International School won the Ethical Values Education Award at this year’s International School Awards and explains their award-winning initiative here . The judging panel considered it a model for all schools as judge Paul Regan explains. Read more

Growing the change-makers of tomorrow 
Growing the change-makers of tomorrow 

Berlin Brandenburg International School won the Ethical Values Award at the International School Awards 2022 for its Growing Up initiative. The project was piloted in the Early Education Programme and received widespread acclaim from the judges who proposed it as an approach that “all schools could model”.  Read more

Pioneering a culture of inclusion
Pioneering a culture of inclusion

Al-Bayan International School received a special commendation at the 2022 International School Awards for introducing extensive inclusive education in Kuwait. Read more

Reshaping learning the IB way
Reshaping learning the IB way

When Pathways School Noida, received a request to help introduce Delhi government teachers to the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) we were delighted to leap in to help. Our initiative preceded the formal training that the IB itself conducts. It demanded a lot from our teachers who volunteered. They needed to understand where to begin, conduct sessions after school hours and during the Diwali mid-semester break, and review lesson plans and classroom activities. Read more

Make waves in your curriculum 
Make waves in your curriculum 

At this year’s International School Awards, The Harbour School, Hong Kong received the Teaching and Learning Award for its place-based experiential learning initiative.  Read more

Developing change-makers
Developing change-makers

In an increasingly (and some might say over) globalised world, schools often utilise terms such as ‘global citizenship’, ‘sustainability’ or ‘service learning’ to describe a set of conditions aimed at making the world a better place through student work. American School of Dubai (ASD) strives to be such a school, in part through its change-maker education programme. Read more

Contextualising international mindedness
Contextualising international mindedness

Christopher Allen is Director of Learning and Technology and the Theory of Knowledge Coordinator at the Al Sahwa Schools in Oman shares his thoughts on the topic of international mindedness. Read more

Connecting the community through big and small talk
Connecting the community through big and small talk

Rugby School Thailand won the Community Wellbeing initiative at the 2022 International School Awards. Read about their initiative and advice here. Read more

Leading comfort and purpose during uncertain times 
Leading comfort and purpose during uncertain times 

 At this year’s International School Awards, the European Azerbaijan School received a special commendation for delivering educational support to students who are living in the Nagorno Karabakh war zone. CEO and Director, Francesco Banchini, shares the school’s story.  Read more

Celebrating DEIJ initiatives of international schools
Celebrating DEIJ initiatives of international schools

The DEIJ International School Award highlights some of the exceptional initiatives international schools are now delivering to develop diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) throughout their school, not just for students but for all stakeholders. Read more

International schools tackle environmental challenges
International schools tackle environmental challenges

Student activism in support of environmental change was visible in all of the initiatives shortlisted for the Environmental Award within this year’s International School Awards. Read more

My PhD journey as Head of School
My PhD journey as Head of School

Dr. Omolola Wright-Odusoga, experienced international school head and education consultant to schools discussed her PHD journey as a head of school. Read more

Are your DEIJ initiatives meaningful?
Are your DEIJ initiatives meaningful?

As a future or current revolutionary educator what will you do to ensure that transparency and accountability become an intrinsic part of your values? How will you ensure that all community members feel humanised, seen, and valued? How will you fight for students' right to discover themselves and be provided the adequate tools to understand their reality so that they do not simply feed into the cycle of oppression? Read more

Atomic theory in the primary years
Atomic theory in the primary years

On a global scale, the teaching of atomic theory is not commonly introduced into the curriculum until secondary school. With the support and guidance of specialist science duo, Ian Stuart, founder of Atomic School, and Ruben Meerman, physicist and science educator, Bangkok Patana School has introduced an atomic theory curriculum into its primary school. Read more

How digital tech is impacting student learning
How digital tech is impacting student learning

There are now so many opportunities where digital technology can support the teaching and learning of all subjects. The schools that were shortlisted for the Digital Technology in Learning International School Award 2022 demonstrated this in abundance. Read more

The Importance of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Justice in Recruitment
The Importance of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Justice in Recruitment

ISC Research recently hosted an online panel discussion addressing the challenge of recruitment and staff development in international schools. Our panel of experts from international schools and expert partners highlighted the rising importance of diversity, equality, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) when recruiting new employees in international schools. Read more

Celebrating Digital Edruptors on Digital Learning Day
Celebrating Digital Edruptors on Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day shouldn’t pass without acknowledging some of the most influential people in international education technology - and sharing some of their advice to educators. Read more

Sustainable STEM
Sustainable STEM

Take a moment to imagine a school focused on sustainability. What does it look like? What are the students doing?  You might have imagined upcycled fashion, growing food and recycling plastics. You might have imagined awareness campaigns, low-energy days or a meat-free cafeteria. What you might not have imagined are computer simulations, programming or electronics. Why?  Read more

Whose voices should be heard? 
Whose voices should be heard? 

What do you think is the most influential way of effecting community wide change within international schools and whose voices should be heard? What advice would you like to give to school leaders and educators today? Read more

Finding benefits in online leadership training
Finding benefits in online leadership training

Discover the benefits of online training. As an international school teacher, online learning can, if delivered well, offer a welcome chance to talk with teachers working in domestic and overseas contexts about a huge range of common educational issues. It also gives you the chance to put learning into practice alongside another school in another part of the world. Read more

Don’t leave your international brand development to chance
Don’t leave your international brand development to chance

A recent ISC Research white paper, on the purchasing decisions of international schools, highlighted research identifying the good practice from education suppliers that schools most value when selecting new products and services. Read more

Scholarship towards change
Scholarship towards change

In 2021, the Education Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS), awarded two scholarships for two university students. One of the recipients was Leila Belkacem, a final-year Saharawi refugee student at United World College in Maastricht (UWCM), Netherlands. Here is Leila’s story of education as a refugee and the impact of scholarship. Read more

What matters most to educators in 2022?
What matters most to educators in 2022?

ISC Research spoke with several international education influencers about what they believe will matter most for educators in 2022. Read more

A coaching way of leadership
A coaching way of leadership

What does contemporary international school leadership look like in 2022? The challenges of the last 24 months, while arguably ‘unprecedented’ (how often have we seen that word since early 2020?), showed us that the most effective leadership approaches continue to align with the skills and methods of effective coaching. Read more

A pre-university experience
A pre-university experience

Chris Lowe, Head of Secondary at The British International School of Abu Dhabi, explains the initiative that won them the Pathways to Higher Education Award at the International School Awards 2021. Read more

How international schools define and understand international mindedness
How international schools define and understand international mindedness

We recently hosted an online panel discussion addressing international mindedness within an international school setting. Discover what international mindedness means to our panelist and their advice on how to develop international mindedness in schools. Read more

How International Schools support community wellbeing
How International Schools support community wellbeing

It is important that schools contribute to the wellbeing of their community. The International School Awards acknowledges this with the Community Wellbeing award which provides recognition to initiatives that support school community wellbeing including the pastoral care of students. Read more

International Schools and how they build communities
International Schools and how they build communities

The value of community building cannot be overemphasised, especially when people come together to fulfil a common goal. Schools play a crucial part in developing lifelong skills for students, and it is that part that we celebrate with the International School Awards every year. Let’s take a closer look at one of these award categories; the Community Building Award. Read more

How to write a good award application
How to write a good award application

The International School Award nominations include many excellently written applications. But there are others that suffer during the judging process because the content of the application has missed the mark. Here is some advice from the International School Awards judging panel to guide schools when preparing their awards application. Read more

International School Awards 2022 Winners Revealed
International School Awards 2022 Winners Revealed

The International School Awards 2022 were announced during a live global online event on Tuesday 18th January. 261 eligible applications were received this year from international schools in over 40 countries including schools in Kenya, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, Colombia, Malaysia, and China. Take a look at our winners and their initiatives! Read more

Finding pathway guidance in different sources
Finding pathway guidance in different sources

What pathway support do international school students find most valuable? Reina Tayyibji shares the results of research she conducted with her peers about this question. Read more

Practical recruitment and CPD advice for international schools and staff
Practical recruitment and CPD advice for international schools and staff

ISC Research hosted an online panel discussion addressing some of the key challenges currently impacting recruitment and staff development in international schools. Here are just a few of the key messages and advice to take away from our expert panel. Read more

UAE schools get going on a new school week
UAE schools get going on a new school week

Despite remote learning featuring once again for some schools in the UAE, the beginning of the new school term has begun with the successful adoption of a new working week across the country. Read more

Distributed guidance: A new era in pathways planning
Distributed guidance: A new era in pathways planning

Nik Higgins Co-founder at The Ambassador Platform, speaks about the emerging technologies and the applications of Experience Communication Management (XCM) in school pathways planning and how they are offering a mechanism for the guidance burden to become distributed. Read more

The impact of being an international school alumna
The impact of being an international school alumna

Celine* is a 20-year-old international school alumna who attended international schools in the Asia-Pacific for 13 years. She now studies Business Administration at her country’s national university. In this interview, Anson explores Celine’s choices, the challenges she faced and how being an international school student influenced her experience. Read more

Pathways and possibilities
Pathways and possibilities

One of the biggest questions any school can ask itself is ‘what is our purpose’? Some schools will say they exist to ensure students get into university and focus on grades and exams, others look a little further along the timeline and view their role as preparing students for university and career. The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) in Malaysia believes the answer is much broader and longer-term, as Jeff Farrington, ISKL’s High School Principal, explains. Read more

Addressing anti-bias in our content
Addressing anti-bias in our content

Increased understanding of DEIJ (diversity, equity, inclusion and justice) calls us to account. In our continual effort to address and respond to unconscious bias in our content, we have amended one section of our International School Student Profile Report to provide historical context of the international schools market from an anti-racist viewpoint. Read more

Empowering learners to build their futures through personalised learning courses
Empowering learners to build their futures through personalised learning courses

The American International School of Budapest’s (AISB) mission is to empower learners to build their futures and contribute to a better world. In support of this mission, AISB offers rigorous and relevant learning experiences intended to help students explore their passions and interests, and to transform their curiosity into knowledge and skills that can make meaningful contributions to the world. Read more

The community college route to a US bachelor’s degree
The community college route to a US bachelor’s degree

Wendy Stewart, Vice President of International Programs and Extended Learning at Green River College, discusses the community college route to a US Bachelor's Degree. Including tips for college counsellors. Read more

Developing a community of inspiration and aspiration
Developing a community of inspiration and aspiration

Children can only aspire to what they know exists. This goes for every child, whether they’re in a state school in Manchester or in a Dulwich school in China. Aspiring to a future where they have passion and purpose is, to a very significant degree, all about children writing their own narrative of the possible – in other words, making their own decisions about their aspirations. Read more

Does international education deliver what it promises?
Does international education deliver what it promises?

ISC Research has published a new report on today’s international school student profile and how the promise of an international education has resulted in the dramatic growth in the market. Read more

A view of student international mindedness by Nelson Graves
A view of student international mindedness by Nelson Graves

Nelson Graves, Founder and President of News Decoder, gives an insightful response to our latest specialist report on the international student profile. Read more

International School Awards 2022 Shortlisted Schools Announced
International School Awards 2022 Shortlisted Schools Announced

The shortlisted schools have been announced for the International School Awards 2022. Read more

Our DEI journey
Our DEI journey

UNIS is taking a multi-pronged approach to address DEI. The first step was creating a DEI team composed of various constituents to focus on the school culture, curriculum and overall composition of our community. Read more

Language support in the mainstream classroom
Language support in the mainstream classroom

At Vinschool Central Park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, we are implementing a school-wide initiative for embedding language support across the curriculum. We are aiming to create a sustainable model that can last as and when teaching staff change.   Read more

Hacking education to inspire innovators
Hacking education to inspire innovators

American Community School of Abu Dhabi won the future-thinking innovators award at the 2021 International School Awards last January.  Here Superintendent, Monique Flickinger tells their award-winning story.  Read more

How sustainability inspires the international school community
How sustainability inspires the international school community

Educators Sal Gordon from Green School Bali, and Anthony Copeland from Fairgreen International School, along with student, Aliza Kabani from Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), contributed experienced and diverse viewpoints around the topic of sustainability in an inspiring discussion at our recent Edruptors Conference. Read more

Key shifts in recruitment and CPD in international schools
Key shifts in recruitment and CPD in international schools

ISC Research has conducted research into current recruitment and CPD practice within international schools, identifying shifts within the market and exploring the factors influencing change. Let’s highlight some of the key findings. Read more

Leading leaders to leave
Leading leaders to leave

Much has been written about how a Head of School must fight to retain their most talented leaders who are eager to move on to headships themselves. Let me offer a contrarian view: let them go. In fact, wish them bon voyage with fanfare and your sincere blessing, knowing that the departure of these gifted individuals is good news to be celebrated. This has become a cornerstone of leadership development at Frankfurt International School (FIS).  Read more

Achieving evidence-informed leadership
Achieving evidence-informed leadership

While there is no shortage of data and evidence captured in schools, it is rarely used to guide school leadership in a meaningful way. But we can do more – we can use evidence to establish where we are heading and what we need to do to get there. Read more

The state of wellbeing in international schools – insights from outsiders
The state of wellbeing in international schools – insights from outsiders

Wellbeing has become a key talking point worldwide. This has resulted in new initiatives and breakthroughs within the education sector. The recent ISC Research Edruptors conference delved into this subject in a discussion led by Nalini Cook, Head of EMEA Research at ISC Research, alongside a panel of four popular education podcasters. Read more

2022 International School Awards partner with new World’s Best School Prizes
2022 International School Awards partner with new World’s Best School Prizes

We’re pleased to announce that the most promising initiatives shortlisted for the 2022 International School Awards will also be considered for the 2022 World’s Best School Prizes. Read more

What racism and bias look like
What racism and bias look like

What can racism look or sound like in an international school that already believes that it is an authentically internationally-minded school? Read more

Concrete action to address discrimination and bias
Concrete action to address discrimination and bias

‘Where do we start?’ ‘Talking about racism and discrimination will upset too many people.’ ‘We do not have that problem here.’ ‘How do you get people of colour to apply to your school?’ These are the statements and questions I have heard over the past two years when discussing how to make a school more inclusive. At the International School of Dakar (ISD), we started with a problem. Read more

The Edruptors Conference Political Session: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice
The Edruptors Conference Political Session: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice

In our political session during the ISC Research Edruptors Conference in July, educators and international school alumni discussed how they are taking action to support diversity, equality, inclusion and justice (DEIJ). Read more

Emojis enhance emotional literacy
Emojis enhance emotional literacy

New Cairo British International School in Egypt won the Pastoral Initiative at the 2020 International School Awards this January. Deputy Head Tracy Connor explains the initiative which implemented a daily student check-in platform to make emotional wellness an everyday practice at the school. Read more

New report highlights change to international undergraduate recruitment and admissions
New report highlights change to international undergraduate recruitment and admissions

To better understand how the world’s universities are currently adapting international undergraduate pathways, ISC Research conducted research this summer. 165 higher education institutions from 23 countries participated in the research. A free report is now available, along with a white paper containing reactions from international school college counsellors to the research results.  Read more

Celebrate your school at this year’s ISAs
Celebrate your school at this year’s ISAs

The annual International School Awards (ISAs), hosted by ISC Research, bring the world’s international schools community together, sharing and celebrating great learning, innovation, and community participation.  Read more

New school year begins with the international school sector looking stronger than ever
New school year begins with the international school sector looking stronger than ever

As of July 2021, ISC Research data recorded a total of 12,373 international schools around the world enrolling 5.6 million students and employ 550,846 teaching staff. The sector has demonstrated defensive resilience throughout COVID-19, generating over $53 billion USD in annual school fees, and looks set to emerge from the pandemic stronger than ever.  ​  Read more

Introducing progressive child protection
Introducing progressive child protection

The English School, Kuwait won the International School Awards Safeguarding Award 2021 for a safeguarding initiative that supports its entire international community and that of the wider schools network throughout the country.   Read more

Our journey towards diversity, equity and inclusion
Our journey towards diversity, equity and inclusion

The world we live in today has never been so open. Through media and travel we can experience all the world has to offer and become fully immersed in living life and learning how others live their life. The question is, can you do this without preconceptions, judgemental attitudes, and a true sense of openness?  Read more

Could your school be a winner?
Could your school be a winner?

Nominations are open for the 2022 International School Awards (ISAs). The awards, hosted by ISC Research, provide international schools with the chance to share and be recognised for great practice and successful initiatives within a range of categories. Read more

Embedding digital literacy across school staff
Embedding digital literacy across school staff

Sunny Thakral participated in a panel session at the ISC Research Edruptors Conference, engaging many educators with his solutions for sustainable tech-supported teaching and learning.   Read more

Sustainability: a mission, not a token
Sustainability: a mission, not a token

Sal Gordon inspired many at this summer’s ISC Research Edruptors Conference with his advice for international schools on embracing sustainability within the school ethos. Here he expands on his conference comments.   Read more

Social justice in international schools
Social justice in international schools

Anson Wong speaks to Kotoha Kudo. Kotoha Kudo was one of the student speakers at the ISC Research Edruptors Conference. She is co-founder of student-led activist group Reset Revolution and participated in the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice panel discussion. Here we ask her to dig a little deeper on her views about social justice in international schools. Read more

What are the key shifts in Teaching and Learning? 
What are the key shifts in Teaching and Learning? 

The new Heads Up series hosted by ISC Research kicks off with an insightful discussion about shifts in teaching and learning practices at international schools. Read more

More students, bilingual education, school groups and UK curricula in the international schools market this year
More students, bilingual education, school groups and UK curricula in the international schools market this year

At the ISC Research Edruptors Conference, ISC Research released new data and shifts happening within the world’s international schools market.   Read more

Embracing new pedagogies from a virtual school experience
Embracing new pedagogies from a virtual school experience

At Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong (NAISHK) we were delighted to win the strategic leadership award at the International School Awards for our approach to online learning. We called this our Virtual School Experience (VSE) and it has irrevocably changed a multitude of aspects of our school and left us with some deep questions to consider for the future. Read more

New report helps inform the shifting international schools market
New report helps inform the shifting international schools market

Latest trends published by ISC Research in a new Summary Report of the international schools market suggest the sector has remained resilient through the massive impact of COVID-19.   Read more

How sustainability inspires the international school community  
How sustainability inspires the international school community  

The international school community has proactively inspired students to care about their local and global environment and learn to act in a sustainable way. Read more

Data Mining in the Early Years
Data Mining in the Early Years

Fiona Carter, Director of Academics at Wellington College China and Matthew Savage, educational consultant and trainer Savage Education share some best practices on Early Years data. Read more

A route to global understanding and wellbeing
A route to global understanding and wellbeing

The Ethical Values Education award at this year’s International School Awards was won by Dulwich College Singapore for a compassionate systems framework developing students’ emotional literacy. Here, Jacob Martin shares details of the initiative. Read more

Demand for affordable international schools increases
Demand for affordable international schools increases

The international schools market has seen a notable growth in demand for schools at a fee point affordable by more families.  Read more

New China regulations and their impact on schools in China
New China regulations and their impact on schools in China

In what appears to be a significant move, the Chinese government has announced greater controls on private schools from the start of the 2021-2022 school year which begins this September.  Read more

Your wellbeing questions answered
Your wellbeing questions answered

Our webinar panellists have given their expert feedback to many of the questions asked during our recent wellbeing webinar, and we share their responses here. Read more

Why does authentic care and belonging in international schools matter?
Why does authentic care and belonging in international schools matter?

Last month I presented about wellbeing in international schools at the World Education Summit. Afterwards, I received many comments ... Read more

‘When life gives you lemons’: the importance of positivity
‘When life gives you lemons’: the importance of positivity

It goes without saying that the past year has been a time of unprecedented challenge and uncertainty for school communities around the world. If supporting the social and emotional health of a school community is a big task in a regular school year, what happens to nurturing wellbeing in the midst of a global pandemic? The winner of the International School Award Wellbeing Initiative 2021, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL), shares how it tackled the challenge. Read more

Parents are selecting schools in different ways and for different reasons
Parents are selecting schools in different ways and for different reasons

It was very insightful leading the research of international school admissions directors and school marketing leaders for the new white paper that ISC Research has just published. Read more

International schools impacted by staff and student wellbeing during COVID-19
International schools impacted by staff and student wellbeing during COVID-19

ISC Research has launched a new report of research into how the wellbeing of students and staff at international schools has been affected by COVID-19. Read more

New international school data at the TAISI conference
New international school data at the TAISI conference

Some school campuses in India now have permission to open for selected year groups after eight months of distance learning due to COVID-19. Read more

International School of the Year 2021
International School of the Year 2021

To win the globally contested International School of the Year Award is such an incredible achievement for Branksome Hall Asia, a school that only opened its doors in October 2012. Read more

International School Award Winners 2021 Announced Today
International School Award Winners 2021 Announced Today

The International School Awards 2021 were live streamed today to schools around the world. The International School of the Year 2021 was awarded to Branksome Hall Asia, South Korea. Read more

New Shifts in the World’s International Schools Market

There are notable shifts in the international schools market as new trends are emerging, according to the latest research by ISC Research. Read more

The questions university international officers ask to international school college counsellors
The questions university international officers ask to international school college counsellors

The webinar about university pathway support for international school students provided some excellent advice for international officers, who also asked a range of questions. Read more

The future of education in a post-COVID landscape: Your questions answered – Part 1
The future of education in a post-COVID landscape: Your questions answered – Part 1

Over 1,000 questions were posed to a panel of experts on the Education Perfect and ISC Research webinar: The future of education in a post-COVID landscape. Read more

Higher Education special issue of International School Leader Magazine
Higher Education special issue of International School Leader Magazine

The December issue of International School Leader Magazine is now published. It is a special issue focused on pathways to higher education. Read more

More than 12,000 international schools in the world
More than 12,000 international schools in the world

There are now over 12,000 English-medium international schools around the world. This includes 132 brand new international schools and campuses which have opened their doors for the first time this calendar year (from January 2020 onwards). Read more

Your international schools global update questions answered
Your international schools global update questions answered

In the ISC Research global update webinar about the world’s international schools market (October 2020), many questions were asked by attendees. We did not have the time to answer these during the webinar, so now here are answers to them. Read more

Questions from education suppliers on the impact of coronavirus for international schools by Diane Glass
Questions from education suppliers on the impact of coronavirus for international schools by Diane Glass

The leaders of COBIS and ECIS joined me on a webinar last week and shared news about the impact of coronavirus on their member schools. Read more

2020 International School Awards Winners
2020 International School Awards Winners

The International School of the Year 2020 was awarded to St Andrews International School Bangkok (Primary School), Thailand for its exceptionally powerful environmental initiative. Read more

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ISC Research Annual Conference 2024: Future Intelligence

Event date - July 16, 2024

Join ISC Research for our Annual Conference: Future Intelligence, as we explore the international education landscape in 2024. Find out more

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Event date - June 4, 2024

Join us on 4th June at 10:00 am GMT +1 for a PedTech webinar, hosted by Dr Fiona Aubrey-Smith, Founder of PedTech and Director of One Life Learning. This PedTech webinar will focus on what is PedTech and explore why it matters it matters to international schools. Find out more

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