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Julie Robinson

General Secretary
Independent Schools Council (Confirmed)

Julie Robinson was head of Ardingly College Junior School and then Vinehall Prep School in Sussex before becoming education and training director for the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS). At IAPS, she served on the Standing Group of Teachers Associations and the Independent Schools Examination Board. In 2015, Julie became General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), representing schools across the independent education sector. She serves on the School Partnerships Oversight Board for the Department for Education promoting independent-state school partnership work. Julie liaises with influencers in education across schools, government and the media, serving the interests of ISC constituent associations and member schools. The ISC provides authoritative sector-wide research and data collection through the annual ISC Census and other surveys. ISC is a coordinating body which brings together AGBIS, GSA, HMC, ISA, IAPS, ISBA and the Society of Heads along with affiliates BSA, COBIS, SCIS and WISC in order to promote the sector and protect joint interests.

How Can School Partnerships Shape the Future of Education?

  • Examining the principles of cross-sector partnerships, with 88% of ISC schools currently in mutually beneficial partnerships with state schools and local communities
  • Setting out the vision for a collaborative school system: how can independent schools facilitate social mobility and increase the number of pupils from under-represented groups progressing to highly selective universities?
  • Exploring how partnerships can encompass teacher training and recruitment, facility sharing and school sponsorship, what are the key practical steps to follow?
  • How can partnerships help develop outstanding teachers in a supporting, enriching environment, well-prepared for their future career?
  • How can partnerships create cost-savings, improve income generation and make the most of school buildings and estates?
  • How can partnerships with state schools support the development of academically successful confident young people, while providing career guidance, learning and sporting opportunities?