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Managing risk and uncertainty in an evolving independent school sector

Independent schools are facing uncertain times. This is being driven by a wide range of external factors, such as: 

  • new legislation 
  • the ambiguity of the Brexit deal 
  • terrorism  
  • increasing cyber risk. 

Pressures on schools, including a continued increase in focus on the mental health and wellbeing of pupils, mean that schools have more responsibility to be adept at safeguarding and pastoral care. Independent schools are facing these issues whilst trying to develop and maintain a reputation that will continually attract new pupils.  

Whilst there are always challenges in an ever-progressive sector, these challenges also provide good opportunities for independent schools, head teachers and bursars, to demonstrate their experience and aptitude in delivering an exceptional education for our future generations. 

Education sector insights guide

Following our recent research into the current and future risks that independent schools are facing, we wanted to take the opportunity to share our perspective on some of the topics you’ve told us are most important to you at this time. 

It is undoubtedly a time of increased uncertainty and a thorough understanding of the unique and evolving independent school risk landscape is vital. Download our sector insights guide for more information. 
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