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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, either independent mainstream or independent special schools. WISC therefore speaks for the sector as a whole while being strictly independent of all political parties.
The Welsh Independent Schools Council acts as a consultative and advisory body for independent member schools in Wales and became fully operational on 1st September 2004. On the 10th November 2010 WISC was incorporated. We want to help you find the information that you need. For parents there is a complete, searchable database of all our Welsh independent schools with links to the school websites (“Find a School” search), also some guidance on making the right choices about independent school in “Choosing a School”. Member schools can log into the Member zone for relevant information.
For further details about the work of WISC, please click here…
WISC Annual Conference – 12/13th October 2023
“Hugely successful- loved it!” “Top notch!” “Very informative- best yet!”
For more details of this fantastic event, click on this link, here … or look in the members section or see the information on sponsoring events.
WISC is an invaluable source of information and support to us. With timely updates, relevant advice, and sound support, coupled with a forum for debate, the Council is a sage partner to our school. They help us to remain informed and make timely organisational decisions.
The Annual Conference is a one-stop shop to catch-up on best practice, new developments, and ideas. It is a meeting of supportive minds, who gather not as competitors, but industry colleagues, to support our sector. We hav… Read more
The WISC annual conference is an important event and a highlight of the year, bringing heads from across Wales together for professional development, top level briefings and fellowship.
The WISC conference is always well organised, informative, and fun. It covers a wide range of topics and gives all independent schools a platform to network and develop practice alongside other educators. The recent conference alongside ESTYN gave schools practical advice to ensure opportunities for all independent schools to succeed.
Membership of WISC has helped debunk the notion that independent special schools are somehow in ‘competition’ and that collaboration is impossible. All pupils and colleagues in Wales benefit from the opportunities WISC membership facilitates through the annual conference, training events and the excellent relationship with Welsh Government and Estyn. Sharing best practice between skilful and dedicated professionals is integral to the WISC community and I can honestly say that WISC has been … Read more
Being a member of WISC has given Howell’s School access to an incredibly useful range of educational information, advice and training. Regular emails keep us up to date on any new developments including safeguarding and examination board updates and the response to any educational issues is timely and supportive. WISC is a great organisation to work with and has been an invaluable partner for us over many years.
Regular attendance at the WISC conference is a highlight for us. The two days is al… Read more
Being a member of WISC was very important to us during the Covid restrictions, with the opportunity to discuss the effect on the school community and compare notes as to how we were all managing the barrage of requirements coming from the government. Since then, the organisation has continued to help us as a source of knowledge and support.
‘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 is such an important organisation for me personally and for Haberdashers Monmouth Schools. Firstly, it is an important forum for Heads and other senior staff to meet, share ideas and experiences and to discuss how we are all meeting the challenges of the day. I took over as Headmaster during the first Covid lockdown and the online WISC meetings were vital for me in getting to know fellow heads and giving me a sense of the collegiality and mutual support during a difficult time for schools e… Read more
The WISC conferences are an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues, gain information on new developments in education and to hear the most recent updates from Estyn. The conferences are always well organised, in great settings with everyone receiving a hearty welcome from the WISC team. I particularly enjoy the guest speakers – always from a variety of backgrounds.
“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”.
The WISC Conference on 12/13th October was our 10th Annual one and was a great success for everyone involved, from the delegates, mainly senior leaders in Welsh independent schools, and […]