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Enabling every school to develop a culture of giving so that they can provide the best educational opportunities.

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    The IDPE 2018 Annual Conference
    11 & 12 June 2018
    Hilton Birmingham Metropole B40 1PP
    Join us at the leading schools' development conference in Europe

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    What is schools' development?

    Professional fundraising, often known as "schools’ development" is the process by which schools seek to engage with their alumni, parents and other stakeholders to generate support and income toward a school’s strategic objectives.  Development is booming in the UK, with the money raised by schools more than doubling in the last decade, and is now worth £190 million per year, helping to fund a wide range of projects from bursaries to new buildings.  

    As an emerging sector in UK schools many are uncertain about how to approach it -

    • Where do you start and how do you engage parents and alumni successfully?
    • How long does it take and what constitutes success?
    • How much does it cost and what can a school expect in return?
    • Who leads it and how much of the Heads time does it take?
    • What role do governing bodies and development boards play?

    IDPE (the Institute of Development Professionals in Education) is the UK’s professional membership organisation helping schools to develop successful parental and alumni engagement and professional fundraising programmes by providing a range of resources from seminars to mentoring to guidance notes to help answer these questions.

    Our members are state and independent schools from across the UK.  IDPE provides training, guidance and support aimed at schools brand new to development through to schools with development programmes that have been established for over 20 years.

    Our charitable purpose is to enable schools to develop cultures of giving from their communities so that our young people have the best educational experience.

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All schools with ambition must have a development office.  Any school that does not have dedicated fundraising professionals will be lucky to survive in the current competitive environment.'    Eric Young, Governor, Fettes College
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