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A series keeping you informed of international schools market developments, available as a newsletter, videos or podcasts.

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Annual event celebrating inspiring school-wide initiatives, creative endeavours and innovation within the international schools community.

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The brands and groups leading the world’s international schools sector

TitleAPRIL 2022

This white paper highlights the K-12 school groups and education brands that are emerging as major influencers within international education. 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

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

TitleAUGUST 2020

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

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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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

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

Bett 2022: Reuniting the global community for education technology under one roof

ISC Research will be attending Bett 2022, in person and presenting two prominent sessions! Doris Suchet, our School Development Manager will host the International School Award Showcase and Ashley Kirk, our Sales Director will present EdTech trends within International Schools. Here is an overview from Bett of what to expect this year. 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

Student Pathways to Higher Education Webinar Insights
Student Pathways to Higher Education Webinar Insights

Do college counsellors from schools, and international representatives from universities, agree when it comes to supporting high school students with their future pathways? This question was addressed in a recent panel discussion we hosted. The discussion focused on some of the outcomes from our recent report on international school student pathways to higher education. 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

World Smile Day – Emojis enhance emotional literacy
World Smile Day – 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

Questions about the future of international education
Questions about the future of international education

Many more questions will be addressed at the Edruptors Conference hosted by ISC Research which takes place online on 8th July.   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

ISC Research appoints Emeline Tissot as Head of Marketing
ISC Research appoints Emeline Tissot as Head of Marketing

Emeline Tissot has joined ISC Research as Head of Marketing. 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

ISC Research appoints Sales Director
ISC Research appoints Sales Director

ISC Research has announced that Ashley Kirk will be joining the company as Sales Director early in the new year. 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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Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference

Event date - October 5, 2022

Join Nalini Cook, Head of Global Research, at Outstanding Schools Middle East Conference, 5th - 6th October 2022. Find out more

TAISI Leadership Conference

Event date - September 3, 2022

Join Sam Fraser, Development Director, at the TAISI Leadership Conference, 1st - 3rd September 2022.  Find out more

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