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Get involved with the ISB

Stakeholders can contribute to the identification, review and approval of standards by participating in a Special Interest Group or working group. Use the Contact us page to join a group.

  • Special Interest Group (SIG): This is the main route for communicating and consulting stakeholders. They are standing groups of people who have a general interest in the development and adoption of standards across ESCS. Members have access to the collaboration service we use to share information and review draft documents before approval. The SIGs identify needs for standards, and also help to identify members for standards working groups set up to consider a specific area. The groups meet about 4 times a year, the following SIGs operate:
    • Architecture: deals with architecture and structural issues within the underlying data model as and when there are issues to be resolved.

    • Development and implementation: supports the development and implementation of standards in the ISB work plan by: considering issues related to the work items and flagging implementation coordination and best practice issues.

    • Identity management: supports the development of standards in the specialist areas of identification, data matching and authentication.
  • Standards working groups: These work on a specific standard or set of standards and include individuals with an interest in the application of standards to a business purpose. They provide the link between the business and standards development to ensure that end user requirements are captured and that associated benefits are realised. Involvement could involve being interviewed and/ or reviewing draft documents before approval. The initial stages are not at all technical and focus on business operations – what you do in your organisation and how you do it. Once the work on the standard is complete, the working group is closed.


    Four nations group

    This group aims to ensure that standards are common across the UK where doing so will support free movement of learners and staff and will achieve benefits from common supplier systems able to work across the entire UK market. Members of the group work together to align the development of standards in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The group provides strategic direction to the collaborative work of the ISB for England and the equivalent bodies in the other nations, recognising the policy and organisational constraints that exist across the UK countries.