Welcome to ICSEI. Each of the letters of that acronym stand for something which defines the movement and the values on which it rests. First and foremost we are international in our scope, our vision and our membership. We believe that it is through the quality of discourse across national boundaries that we challenge inert ideas, renew our commitment and reframe our thinking and our practice. We also believe that this is achieved through congress, a term which refers to the meeting of minds. This is something which happens in different ways. It is celebrated annually when we come together in host countries of the North and South, East and West, each new journey halfway round the globe reminding us that beneath the similarities of the schools we visit and the papers we deliver there are unique historic, linguistic and cultural ‘life worlds’.