Boarding Schools: Overseas Students

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Lord Lansley Lord Lansley Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the economic benefit to the UK arising from the provision of educational services to under-18 international students at boarding schools in the UK.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

No government estimate has been made of such benefits, although we welcome the contribution made by the independent schools sector. However, in 2014 the Independent Schools Council (ISC) published a study of the economic impact of independent schools on the British economy, and Appendix II of that report dealt specifically with the economic impact of overseas pupils, estimating that overseas pupils at ISC schools led in 2012 to a contribution of £890m to the Gross Domestic Product, generating 22,700 jobs and £385m in tax payments. These data have not been verified by government.

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