About Us

ISSET has the aim of utilising space and space exploration to increase student and teacher motivation and to increase the effectiveness of teaching and learning.

The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) is a registered UK charity that was founded in 1998. The aim of ISSET is to utilise space exploration to inspire and motivate young people to believe that they can become what they want to be.

ISSET seeks to instil an appreciation of what humans can achieve and encourage young people to make something of themselves, particularly in the careers and study in STEM areas.


ISSET’s programmes include:

ISSET has worked with organisations including:

ISSET was founded by Chris Barber

Chris founded ISSET in 1998 with the aim of inculcating in young people the NASA ‘you can do it’ spirit.

Chris has a long record of school leadership and transformation. Prior to his work in education he worked in finance in the City of London as an insolvency loss underwriter and corporate credit management specialist.

His school leadership includes being deputy head teacher in two large high schools. In his last school he was instrumental in taking the school from below average to be the most successful school in England and Wales’ at A level and in trebling the schools GSCE results. In that post Chris raised over £7 million to rebuild the school buildings.

Since founding ISSET Chris has worked with space centres, schools and young people in the UK, USA, Norway, India and Australia.

Sir Arthur ClarkeSir Arthur Clarke Award

Sir Arthur Clarke Award Logo ISSET has received the prestigious Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Education Achievement. The Sir Arthur Clarke Award is held in great esteem by the international space community and is given in recognition of notable contributions to space exploration.

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