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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 – 10th/11th October 2024
We are pleased to announce that this year’s annual, overnight conference is being held in North Wales at The Quay Hotel, Deganwy on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th October 2024.
For further details see the Members Zone, or contact our CEO, Emma Verrier.
For details about last year’s conference click here …
Although we are new to WISC we have found the support informative and helpful. We have attended events which have been very useful both for knowledge and networking.
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 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 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.’
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 has developed into an essential partner for independent schools in Wales. It is accessible and carefully consults and represents members on a local and national level. WISC provides excellent networking, CPD and holds excellent conferences every year.
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
Our annual membership with WISC has proven to be one of our most beneficial resources. We first subscribed as a new school and it helped so much regards policies, legislation and general information. This was made easier for us with the regular emails and information from WISC. WISC also helped arrange a visit to another school to observe good practice. Any queries we have had have always been dealt with promptly by Emma. As a school I feel the WISC membership has aided us to be up to date w… Read more
“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”.
As an international, boarding school, our reach and scope is wide but we are firmly rooted in Wales and regard ourselves as champions of exceptional education in its capital city, Cardiff. For that reason, our membership of WISC is fundamental to our identity. We seek to contribute to the ongoing debate over the value of independent education in Wales while benefiting from the thoughtful dialogue and meaningful representation that WISC offers it members. Beyond the technical expertise, however, … Read more
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