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By the numbers - International schools

The market for international schools is continuing to grow, according to Nick Brummitt, managing director of the International School Consultancy Group.

At a recent conference in London, Mr Brummitt told delegates that demand for the schools - defined as English-medium schools in non-English-speaking countries that follow international curricula - was being driven by locals rather than by English and American families living abroad.

Asia had the most international schools, Mr Brummitt added, and there was also potential for growth in the region. Chinese citizens were not permitted to send their children to foreign-owned schools without special permission, but demand for English-language instruction was still high. In response, some developers were seeking to set up Chinese-owned schools that teach in English.

Mr Brummitt predicted that the sector in Africa would also show "dramatic growth" over the next 10 years.

Around the world

42% of international schools offer a UK curriculum

24% offer a US curriculum

18% offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

10% offer the IB Primary Years Programme

7% offer the IB Middle Years Programme

4% offer the International Primary Curriculum

4% offer the Cambridge Primary international curriculum

Growth of international schools since 2000


2,500 schools

90,000 staff


6,700 schools

316,000 staff

2018 (forecast)

9,000 schools

423,000 staff

2023 (forecast)

12,000 schools

566,000 staff

Source for all data: International School Consultancy Group.

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