Specialist Reports

ISC Research conducts a wide range of sector-specific surveys with international schools around the world to investigate common practices and to identify market needs. These surveys address such practices as inclusion, wellbeing provision, use of education technology, governance, and the pathway from international school to higher education. The Specialist Reports share data and detailed insights from these surveys.

These reports help education establishments, suppliers and specialist providers to understand established practice and to identify market gaps and emerging trends within key areas of international school life.

ISC Research partners with sector experts to conduct these surveys and provide speciliast analysis in order to produce the most valuable reports.

Specialist Reports Currently Available

Governance in international schools

ISC Research collaborated with the Principals Training Center to produce this first research published in 2019 into governance practices within international schools.

403 international schools contributed to the survey which researched legal status, composition, areas of governance responsibility, meeting and decision-making practices, and more. The report identifies a number of correlations related to legal status, composition and decision-making.

The full report is available from enquiries@iscresearch.com or complete the Request a Free Report form on this webpage.

"The report on Governance was useful, and there are certainly some aspects that I can use to discuss best practice with our governors." - Mark McVeigh, Principal, Denla British School, Bangkok


Diversity in international school leadership

The 2019 research on international school leadership and diversity is published by the Diversity Collaborative with the support of ISC Research and George Mason University. It is one of the first baselines of information on this subject.

The research summary includes eight key findings and provides an integrated organisational framework to help international schools to become more intercultural. The report also provides school-level and global recommendations to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in leadership in international schools.

The full report is available free from enquiries@iscresearch.com or complete the Request a Free Report form on this webpage. More information about the Diversity Collaborative is available here

Wellbeing in international schools

International Educational Psychology Services (IEPS) and Cardiff University School of Psychology, supported by ISC Research have 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 enquiries@iscresearch.com

Printed resources in international schools

Over 800 international schools participated in this research to understand the use of printed resources in international schools.

The report evaluates the use of printed resources by international schools for lesson plans, homework and revision. It also identifies regional differences in the use of, and the demand for specific printed resources.

Procurement in international schools

430 international schools from all key regions of the world participated in this survey. 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

  • Review of edtech 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

    This report, produced in collaboration with Next Frontier Inclusion (NFI) is the second such survey and so includes trends emerging within the international schools market regarding inclusion practice.

    415 international schools from all regions of the world participated in the latest inclusion research. 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 need for support and professional learning services

  • "Thank you very much for the 'Wellbeing in International Schools' report. Our school has put wellbeing as a core initiative for this year and so this information from the survey is very helpful." Cynthia Davis Hall, Director of Advancement, Cairo American College, Egypt

    The pathway from international schools to higher education

    306 College Counsellors from international schools participated in this research into the pathway from international school 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 top 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

    Specialist Reports Are Ideal For

    Education Suppliers

    These reports provide detailed insights into some of the specific practices of international schools. These reports can help education suppliers understand the unique requirements and approaches of international schools, and identify market gaps and emerging opportunities within the international schools market.

    Higher Education

    These reports can help higher education establishments understand the unique practice, achievements and challenges of 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 in the surveys. To find out more about how your school can partcipate in research contact enquiries@iscresearch.com

    "I found the Governance Report fascinating and very useful." Tig Mooney, Principal, SJI International School, Singapore
    "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
    "Thank you very much for the 'Wellbeing in International Schools' report. Our school has put wellbeing as a core initiative for this year and so this information from the survey is very helpful." Cynthia Davis Hall, Director of Advancement, Cairo American College, Egypt

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    You can view the ISC Research Pathways to Higher Education Report here