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Independent Schools Council Annual Census 2018

Independent Schools Council Annual Census 2018

The Census, which has been conducted annually for the past 45 years, is completed by all schools in ISC membership. It is an important resource for the independent education sector, as well as for government, policymakers and opinion formers. Read the full report.

Summary information from this year’s Census includes:

  • There are now a record 529,164 pupils at 1,326 ISC member schools – the highest number since records began in 1974.
  • The majority of schools have fewer than 350 pupils. The mean school size is just under 400, while the mode is just under 200.
  • Almost £400m was provided in means-tested fee assistance for pupils at ISC schools, 4% more than last year.
  • There are nearly 60,000 full-time equivalent teachers at ISC schools, equating to a pupil-teacher ratio of 9:1.
  • More than four times as many ISC pupils gained 40 points in the International Baccalaureate compared to the worldwide average. Moreover, ISC pupils made up nearly a quarter of pupils worldwide gaining the maximum score of 45 points.
  • The types of independent and state school partnerships vary from academy sponsorship to seconding teaching staff to serving as governors at state schools.
  • Between £12m and £16m was raised for charities at ISC schools this year and 860 ISC schools organised volunteering opportunities for their staff and/or pupils.

Julie Robinson, ISC general secretary, said: “Parents choose independent schooling for their children because they value the broad all-round education on offer, including academic excellence, learning opportunities outside the classroom and outstanding pastoral care. With pupil numbers at their highest since records began in 1974, it’s clear an independent education is the preferred choice for many families.