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Introduction to Welsh Independent Schools Council
The Welsh Independent Schools Council (WISC ) is the umbrella body representing Independent schools in Wales. The majority of children in Welsh independent schools are in WISC schools. WISC therefore speaks for the sector as a whole. WISC is strictly independent of all political parties.
An independent school is a school that is independent in its finances and governance; it is not dependent upon national or local government for financing its operations nor reliant on taxpayer contributions, and is instead funded by a combination of tuition charges, gifts, and in some cases the investment yield of an endowment. It is governed by a board of directors that is elected by an independent means and a system of governance that ensures its independent operation. By virtue of being independent, Independent schools offer a high quality of education within a framework where the focus is on the development and care of the individual. Pupils are encouraged to develop to their full potential, to participate in a wide range of activities within the school and to contribute to service in the wider community. Independent schools are inspected by Estyn Independent schools in Wales offer a high quality of education within a framework where the focus is on the development and care of the individual.
“Black History Month is a global movement and an opportunity for the Welsh independent Schools Council to research, recognise and retell the history of people of African and Caribbean descent.
The contributions made by black people to the world have often been ignored or unrepresented over the years and the Black History Month objective is to change that by celebrating the achievement and contributions of the black community over the years to Welsh, national and world history and culture.”
“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.”
– Carol Moseley-Braun, politician and lawyer
WISC operates alongside the Independent Schools Council (ISC) to represent specific concerns for independent schools in Wales. The Welsh political scene and inspection regime is different from that across the rest of the UK so WISC provides support for Welsh independent schools tailored to their specific needs. WISC’s newsletters and conferences are very well received by members and WISC has developed close links into the Welsh Assembly, relevant Welsh Standing Bodies and Estyn in order to ens…
‘The Boarding Schools’ Association values its positive working relationship with WISC, as a fellow affiliate member of the Independent Schools Council and ensuring strong support for independent boarding schools in Wales.’
“WISC works closely with the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and we are pleased with the good job being done by WISC. The educational landscape in Wales is different from that in England but of course, many of the key issues we face are the same. For these reasons it is good that WISC can represent the distinctively Welsh concerns while at the same time working alongside ISC”.
I would also like to express my appreciation for all of the support and guidance that you have given us throughout this year. I know that I will not be alone in saying that without the guidance and expertise of WISC, we would really have struggled to digest and understand much of the government information and protocol” Andy Allman Head Teacher of Myddelton College
“ISBA is delighted to work with WISC in providing advice, guidance and professional services to schools in Wales which will support bursars in their critical role of running the business side of Welsh independent schools. Our relationship is evolving into a strong working partnership”
Congratulations Emma. It was a really enjoyable conference. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into making it such a success.
We thorough enjoyed attended this conference and feel we have had a massive success from sponsoring. We, therefore, would love to sponsor the event in 2018 if possible.
I am proud and honoured to serve WISC schools as Chair. As a Senior Leader and Head Teacher in Welsh independent education since 2007 I have benefitted immeasurably from the training and comradeship that WISC membership provides. From the formality of Estyn training to the sharing of best practice and inspirational talks; the WISC Conferences and Workshops have truly provided a foundation of knowledge and platform to connect with other educationalists across Wales. Mainstream Primary, Seco…
WISC does a great job supporting schools in Wales, not least with the Welsh government and by organising splendid training conferences. Welsh independent schools benefit greatly from membership of WISC.
I really enjoyed the WISC conference. I thought all the speakers were really good.
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