There are many areas of school life that impact most international schools around the world. These range from specialist provision, to procurement, to departmental practice, and more. Better understanding these specific aspects of school life from the context of many international schools informs school leaders and educators, suppliers, new school investors and developers, and organisations supporting the sector and the wider education market.

ISC Research believes a deeper understanding of the international schools market benefits all within it. So we conduct a range of targeted research each year to analyse certain aspects of school life. These specialist reports are often conducted in partnership with experts from the field in order to gather data and intelligence of most value. We make these specialist reports and resources accessible to everyone, free of charge.

Who is researched?

International school staff have the chance to be a participant in our International Education Research Panel (IERP) and so automatically contribute to all State of the Market surveys.

Over 800 senior leaders and teachers from international schools in all regions of the world have opted in to IERP and, as a result, benefit from the research analysis. We works hard to retain and expand this panel which includes people from leadership, administration, academics and school support to ensure relevant representatives participate in the research.

The extent of the panel means that research results can be analysed by region, age range and curricula type.

State of the Market Reports Currently Available

New - Wellbeing in International Schools Report

International Educational Psychology Services (IEPS) and Cardiff University School of Psychology, supported by ISC Research conducted the first ever research into wellbeing at international schools. Over 1,000 international school teachers and leaders completed the survey. The full wellbeing report, is available free from

Printed resources in international schools

The International Education Panel, have conducted research with over 800 international schools to consider the use of printed resources; and the findings make interesting reading.

The research report looks at the differences between Asia in comparison to other parts of the world; in Asia there is a need for science resources, elsewhere there is a focus on humanities. The report also looks at how printed resources are being used – for homework, revision or lesson plans.

Procurement in international schools

430 international schools from all key regions of the world participated in this survey, which was conducted in July 2017 and published in September 2017.

The report includes;

  • Identification of primary decision-makers within schools for various resource requirements
  • Annual budget-setting sectors and procedures
  • Cost-saving preferences
  • Collaborative purchasing practices
  • How international schools select educational suppliers and providers
  • What schools want from suppliers and providers
  • Analysis of purchasing practices compared to domestic schools

  • Digital learning in international schools

    This 90-page report researched 836 international schools about the use of digital resources to support student learning. A minimum of 8% of international schools from each region of the world responded, including a reliable cross-section of schools offering primary and/or secondary learning. Regional analysis is included.

    The report includes:

    • Digital learning resource use and demand
    • Subjects and learning areas where digital resources are in particular need
    • The type of content in demand
    • Support required from digital providers
    • Internet and wifi accessibility of international schools

    Inclusion in international schools

    The 2017 inclusion survey is the second survey of its kind and, as a result, is able to include trends appearing within the international schools market regarding special educational needs.

    The 2017 report represents the data analysis of 415 international schools from all regions of the world and of all school sizes regarding their approaches to, and provision of, inclusion support.

    The report includes:

  • International school admission policies
  • How international schools meet the needs of students with special educational needs
  • The qualifications of staff working with students with special educational needs
  • The approach to inclusion by the school
  • High incidence populations
  • The needs for support and professional learning services

  • The pathway from international schools to higher education

    306 College Counsellors from international schools participated in the 2017 report on the pathway from international schools to higher education.

    The report includes:

    • Data on international schools providing education for 16-18 year olds
    • Examination results for international schools compared to global averages
    • The top 10 destination countries for higher education and their top 3 originating countries
    • The most popular universities in the top 5 country destinations for international school students
    • Perceived benefits and barriers to studying in 4 of the leading destination countries
    • University subject choices for international school leavers in 2016

    Management Systems in International Schools

    Review of Management system deployment and effectiveness

    The aim of this report is to recognise the provision and use of a range of management systems utilised across English-medium international schools. System coverage includes, but is not limited to core management information systems, lesson and homework delivery platforms and parental communications.


    Education Suppliers

    These reports provide a snapshot of key aspects affecting international schools and can help education suppliers identify opportunities within the international schools market.

    Higher Education

    These reports can help higher education establishments identify opportunities within the international schools market.

    International Schools

    These reports provide international schools with an understanding of the provision, needs and challenges of specific aspects of school life that are typically occurring within the global international schools market.

    These reports are free to all international schools that participate. To find out more about how your school can be included in State of the Market research contact

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    "The ISC report provides some excellent information on the subjects that are in focus, on the resources and type of content that schools need. The report does have value, it certainly ratifies our strategy and will allow others insight into whether their product is suited to international markets." Dylan Jones, Senior International Strategy Consultant, Follett School Solutions