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Thank you to all of our delegates, speakers and exhibitors for making the inaugural Independent Schools Conference 2018 a huge success!

Our 2019 event is taking place in the QEII Centre on 28th November. You can register your interest by clicking the button below. We look forward to welcoming everyone in 2019.

Why attend the Independent Schools Conference?

The independent schools sector educates approximately 625,000 pupils in around 2,600 schools across the UK. It's vital that they deliver excellent teaching and learning experiences for every pupil and provide the tools needed to increase their attainment.

What's more, there's a growing focus on developing critical links with local schools and local councils to fulfil their pivotal role in enhancing standards of education across the country.

The future of UK education is of the upmost importance and this event is the perfect place to hear from industry leading speakers, debate hot topics and build new relationships with peers that could foster mutually beneficial initiatives.

Topics that were covered in 2018 included:

Teaching Recruitment & Training
Pupil Outcomes
Finance & Fundraising
Mental Health
Marketing & Admissions

2018 Speakers Included:

Steven George
Head of External Affairs
National Association of Head Teachers (Confirmed)
Professor Bernadette Youens
Head of School of Education
University of Nottingham (Confirmed)
Richard Johnson
Deputy-Chief Inspector
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) (Confirmed)
Dr Helen Wright
International Education Specialist, Executive Coach and Non-Executive Director
Global Through Leadership (Invited)
Matthew Adshead
Headmaster and Chair
Old Vicarage School (ISI Excellent 2018) and Independent Schools Association (Confirmed)
Victoria Cetinkaya
Senior Policy Officer
Information Commissioner's Office

The results from the ISC annual census 2018 shows record growth and improvement across 5 key metrics:

  1. Lowest fee increase since 1994 (3.4%) and increasing amount of fee assistance, 5,863 pupils paid no fees at all
  2. Highest number of pupils and ISC schools since records began in 1974, now 529,164 pupils at 1,326 ISC member schools
  3. ISC pupils significantly outperform the national and global averages, despite only 50% of ISC schools being academically selective.
  4. UK independent schools are proud of their global outlook (28,513 pupils) and ability to compete on a global scale.
  5. 86% of ISC schools engage in public benefit activities, despite on 75% having charitable status.
    View the full census report here


The seminar was well organised at a very good venue. It was very professionally run with the right topics being spoken about. I would happily attend another event hosted by GovNet.

Head of Computer Science, Bullers Wood School

I felt like the event was very well organised and all the speakers gave me something to take away. The event gave me the opportunity to speak to people outside of my school setting.

Class Teacher, Chalkwell Hall Infant School

A fantastic event, brilliant learning tools - can't wait for 2018.

Academic Lead, Croydon College

I felt privileged to attend this conference, it gave us the ability to ask important questions and have the discussions we wanted to have whilst learning from true professionals.

Innovation Leader Computing & E Safety Middle Leader, Epsom Primary and Nursery School

This was an excellent event in both content and setting. Speakers were well informed and relevant. Exhibitors were very helpful without being too pushy. I thoroughly enjoyed this conference and have taken contacts who I look to partner with in the coming months.

Information Systems Manager, Fircroft College of Adult Education

Concise, focussed event made very good value of a day in London

Engineering Consultancy, Hampshire County Council

I found the conference event an awe inspiring experience which has resulted in me drafting a Digital Skills strategy for my organisation the London Borough of Newham Adult Learning Service.

Area Manager, London Borough of Newham Adult Learning Service

The event was very useful, it helped me to re-focus on the need to not only provide my team with access to great technology but also to place equal focus on allowing them to access enough training to ensure that it has impact.

Vice Principal, Manchester Communications Primary Academy

The conference has given lots of ideas to develop our practice. It was well worth it!

Deputy Coordinator, rbair

As a teacher involved in whole school strategy change the case studies which covered the implementation and embedding of new IT strategies were both innovative and inspirational.

Assistant Head Teacher, Salesian College

The event, was a full packed day of very informative speakers, a nice change from Bett as the day felt targeted and constructive.

Network and Business Development Manager, The Abbey School

Thoroughly informative and interesting day, superbly curated with fantastic inspirational and ground breaking speakers all set within a wonderful venue, we were very well looked after in every aspect.

ICT Learning Coordinator, The Village School

QEII Centre

In the very heart of Westminster, The Queen Elizabeth II Centre is ideally located to take advantage of everything London has to offer.

Uniquely situated in the shadow of Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, the award-winning, purpose-built events venue is perfectly placed for you to experience London’s many cultural attractions.

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