Data and Intel

Most of our data and intelligence is collected annually from our primary source; directly from senior leaders at the international schools, by our field-based research consultants supported by our desk researchers. We also use trusted local sources, market experts and government bodies to acquire reliable market intelligence.

The raw data and intelligence is then analysed to produce the most reputable, current and comprehensive research for the sector. Because we have been collecting and analysing this data for over 20 years, ISC is also able to produce valuable market trends and forecasts.

What information do we collect?


School Overview

Including details of school location, ownership, ownership and more.

School Information

Including age range, enrolment, capacity, student nationality, and boarding details if relevant.


Including day fees, boarding fees (if relevant), and supplementary fees such as capital levies and application fees.

School Contacts

Names and contact details of the current Head, PA to Head, Business Manager, Heads of Departments, Admissions, College Counsellor and more.

Staff Information

Including staff salaries and benefits, and staff nationalities.


Details of all school facilities (such as arts provision, sports provision, etc.) and expansion details.

Quality Assurances

Including school inspectorates, accreditation, and membership of reputable global or regional school associations.

Examinations and Curriculum

Including details of all curriculum delivered and examinations offered.

School Supply

Data on suppliers, use of resources, budget priority and more.

Market Intelligence

Public Schooling

Market intelligence on the national education system, where relevant, can enable us to assess the possible demand for international school places by expatriates and by local families.

Growth Areas

We work closely with developers, investors, asset consultants and government education departments to be reliably informed of new growth opportunities in countries and cities.

Demographics and Social-Economic Data

We gather demographic and socio-economic statistics and intelligence for key regions, countries and some cities including population and growth rate which impact the demand and prospective demand for school places.

New Developments

Our research with schools and other education bodies means we can get to hear about new school developments at the earliest stage, before they are widely known. We have such a good relationship with some schools that we are often informed of developments that are strictly confidential; that we cannot reveal in our reports.

“The intelligence and informed data that ISC Research now provides is matchless and highly respected. It helps school leaders to understand their context, investors to find reliable markets, governments to see opportunity. While prediction is a game for the unwary, especially in a sometimes volatile world, informed choice with ISC Research intelligence balances risk - and the future of international school education looks full of vitality.”
Trevor Rowell, Chairman, COBIS (Council of British International Schools)

“We would not be able to do our job, or expand as we have done, without ISC Research. If you are new to the international schools market, embrace all the support that's available from ISC Research, and even if you're well established within it, their information is so valuable, and ISC Research provides plenty of it, it's accelarated our understanding of a market that is constantly changing, that's fast moving and fluid. It's vital to remain informed because of this."
Kris Hair, Managing Director, The International Teaching Partnership