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Driving Excellence in Independent Schools Across the UK

Taking place on the 28th November 2019 at the QEII Centre, London, the Independent Schools conference will bring together 300+ senior leaders from independent schools, central & local Government & the wider education sector to raise the standard of independent schools across the UK.

The day will address the latest policy reforms to affect the sector, as well as showcasing best practice case studies in topics including technology, leadership, wellbeing and teacher retention.

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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 will be covered include:

Teaching Recruitment & Retention
Partnership & Collaboration
University Transitions
Funding & Access
Classroom Technology
Pastoral Care

Confirmed Speakers Included:

Chris Millward
Director for Fair Access and Participation
Office for Students (Confirmed)
Jessica Hawley
Director of Primary School Development
The Raising Awareness & Prevention Project (Confirmed)


The conference provided an opportunity to reflect on the excellent standard being achieved on behalf of our young people. It's been refreshing to look at the future of education.

Head Teacher, Edith Kay Independent School

As a new school in the London area, we were pleased to be able to meet so many peers in such an efficient manner, particularly like-minded schools and Heads. I was able to connect directly with ISA and ISI and start planning our application for membership.

Head of School, Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill

An excellent conference. Thought-provoking and inspiring in equal measures.

Headmaster, Rookwood School

Interesting mix of speakers and exhibitors. Food was excellent. Location was suitable for the variety of attendees

Admissions Coordinator, International Community School

Great day with inspiring 'real people' showcasing what can be achieved with technology. Simple and effective ways learnt that I can take back to school and use straight way - well worth attending.

Principal, Krishna Avanti Primary School

Great networking, inspirational speakers and amazing food. Great venue and easily accessible.

Headmaster, St Faith's Prep School

The Independent Schools Conference 2018 was a wonderful event that provided a fantastic opportunity to network with school leaders across the Independent Schools Sector. The selected speakers and panellists were inspirational and highly knowledgeable which created a fantastic platform to gain valuable insight to the current Independent Schools landscape and further highlighting areas for improvement and investment for the future. Already looking forward to next year's event.

Director of Independent & International Education, T15international

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

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

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

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

A very well organised and hugely beneficial event

Technology Enhanced Learning Advisor, Liverpool John Moores University

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

2019 Exhibitors Include:

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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