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Schools' Development Sector News and Updates

IDPE endeavours to keep members up-to-date with relevant news from the education and charitable sectors, and news stories are selected based on their relevance. The views, thoughts and opinions expressed in these articles do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of IDPE.
 

More funding ‘desperately needed’ in state schools

July 2019

Schools and colleges in England need a ‘multi-billion cash injection’ and a long-term approach to funding, states MPs on the Education Select Committee according to the BBC. Robert Halfon, who chairs the committee, said the report showed the need for a ‘comprehensive, bottom-up national assessment’ of what it really cost to have an ‘education system fit for the 21st Century’. Read more…

Closing private schools will cost millions, Labour is told

July 2019

The Times reports private schools are writing to Labour councils setting out the millions of pounds that it would cost taxpayers if they were closed. In response to the campaign Labour Against Private Schools, the Independent Schools Council (ISC) has written to Labour councillors in more than two dozen of the areas that would be hit hardest. Read more…

Elite parent-teacher associations are raising millions of pounds a year for their schools, research shows

July 2019

The Daily Mail reports that the UK’s most successful state school parent-teacher associations are raising millions of pounds a year, with the top 30 PTAs in England raising £3.6million for their schools in a year. Paul Stubbings, Headmaster of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, states that fundraising has been vital to counter ‘cuts, rising staff costs, including unfunded pay awards and rising pension contributions’. Read more…

5 fundraising trends for 2019 and beyond

July 2019

An article from Charity Financials gives an insight into current charity trends, describing five actions that charities are taking now and will be expecting to make in the future. These include encouraging legacy gifting, adapting to digital, and growing corporate giving. Read more…

'Attacking the independent sector will not improve state schools'  

July 2019

Isabel Tobias, Head of Redmaids’ High School, has argued that closing independent schools would result in more financial strain on the state sector in an interview with Sunday Politics West. She argues that independent schools are ‘places where people can exercise choice’.

Michael Jaffrain, Principal of state funded St Brendan’s Sixth Form College, is also interviewed, stating that funding cuts are ‘verging on the ridiculous and politicians need to really get a grip on education. […] There is no funding available.’ The clip begins at 18:55. View now…

Public more interested in charities’ causes than financials, research finds

July 2019

Research completed by charity sector lawyer Rebecca Thompson has found that the public is more interested in reading about charities’ aims and beneficiaries than their financial details, Civil Society reports. 70% of those surveyed said that they would want to read about the aims of a charity in a key facts summary, whilst only 47% said that they would want to read a breakdown of the charity’s spending. Read more…

Chinese investors purchase group of independent schools

July 2019

The Times reports that Bright Scholar, the largest operator of international and bilingual schools in China, has bought CATS colleges, a group of prep, boarding and day schools, from Cambridge Education Group. Bright Scholar adds CATS to its growing portfolio of British schools which already includes Bournemouth Collegiate and St Michael’s School in Llanelli. Read more…

Banning private schools now won't magic away the inequality that blights society

July 2019

Daily Record columnist Darren McGarvey argues that properly resourcing state schools should be the immediate priority in education, rather than banning private schools as an attempt to ‘magic away’ inequality. Read more…

Some English schools 'can't afford to teach five days a week'

July 2019

The Guardian is reporting that more than 200 schools in England are cutting short the school week, or are actively consulting on it, because they cannot afford to stay open for full five days. A demonstration protesting a crisis in education funding has been organised by Labour MP Jess Phillips, who states that the education system ‘is crumbling’. Read more…

'Scotland's independent schools do not maintain division in society'

July 2019

‘Our schools and their staff are like every school in Scotland – committed to positive outcomes, motivated by attainment, enthused by support for learning and attuned to the modern pressures on personal development.’

In a letter to The Herald, John Edward, Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, argues that against an article claiming that independent schools are complicit in the ‘gerrymandering of influence’. Read more…

Private schools told to open up places and facilities to children in care

July 2019

The Telegraph reports that private schools have been told to open up places and facilities to children in care as part of a £500,000 government drive. It is hoped that 1,000 private schools will sign up to the initiative which would see places opened up at some of Britain’s top boarding schools for vulnerable children. Read more…

HMC: independent schools ‘are not the villain here’

July 2019

Mike Buchanan, Chief Executive of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has responded to ‘Elitist Britain 2019’, a report published by the Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission, stating that independent schools are ‘not the villain here’, adding that ‘using school type as a simplistic proxy for privilege is flawed’.

Julie Robinson, Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), has also responded, stating that ‘it is important to remember that school type is not of itself an indicator of socio-economic advantage or disadvantage.’

Read more…

‘£3.8bn needed to reverse school cuts’

June 2019

The BBC reports that a one-off increase of £3.8bn would be needed to reverse 8% cuts in per pupil school spending. Further to this, the Institute for Fiscal Studies reveals that a further £1.1bn would be needed each year until 2023 to maintain spending in real terms, once rising costs are taken into account. Read more…

Private school partnerships ‘key’ for top free schools

June 2019

Ralph Lucas, editor of the Good Schools Guide, states that private school partnerships are key in the success of top free schools, as two state schools founded by independents – Holyport College and Harris Westminster – are included in the new edition of the Good Schools Guide. Read more…

Letters: Private schools ‘fill void in state system’

June 2019

‘Independent schools are trying to fill the void left by this political meddling by providing thousands of educational, sporting and arts opportunities to their neighbouring state schools.’

Peter Green, Head master of Rugby School, responds to an article entitlted ‘privately educated elite tightens its grip on politics and the professions’ in a letter to The Times. Read more… (Letter halfway down the page.)

Tax rise ‘will make schools more elite’

June 2019

The Times reports on a warning from the charity regulator that private schools may become more elitist and lock local communities out of their facilities if the Scottish government continue with plans to raise their tax bills. Read more…

The impact of TPS changes on independent schools

June 2019

BBC Radio Oxford reports on the cost increases to independent schools under changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS). HMC Executive Director, Mike Buchanan, is interviewed as part of the report, which starts at 19:06. Listen now…

‘Elitist Britain 2019’ report

June 2019

The Sutton Trust and Social Mobility Commission have published a report entitled ‘Elitist Britain 2019’ which looks at the backgrounds of around 5,000 individuals in high ranking positions across a broad range of British society, and provides a definitive document of who gets to the top in Britain in 2019. Read more…

Read the a response from Julie Robinson, Chief Executive of the Independent Schools Council here.

Private schools are a canary in the pensions mineshaft

June 2019

‘Big, affluent schools will survive. Smaller schools, and particularly some prep schools, will find it too much, the margins too thin, and will sink into liquidation.’

David James, deputy head (academic) of Bryanston School writes for TES, stating that independent schools are facing ‘one of the biggest challenges of recent years’ due to changes to the Teachers' Pension Scheme (TPS). Read more…

Theresa May backs down over £27 billion 'legacy' demand

June 2019

The Telegraph is reporting that Theresa May has backed down on her demand for a £27 billion funding boost for the education budget. The Prime Minister had hoped that this three-year funding plan would be secured before she leaves Downing Street and would form part of her legacy. Read more…

Agnew: ‘Unrealistic’ for schools to fund pensions hike

June 2019

Academies minister Lord Agnew has stated that there is ‘clearly a strong case to explore the reform of teacher pay’. TES reports that Lord Agnew was speaking ahead of a government spending review, which is expected to set the Department for Education’s funding levels for the following three years. Read more…

Revealed: Extent of private pupils' careers advantage

June 2019

TES reports that private school students use networks to get work experience and benefit from better careers advice and are 4.5 times more likely to secure work experience through family of friends than their state-educated peers. Read more…

Fundraising Regulator publishes new Code of Fundraising Practice

June 2019

The new Code of Fundraising Practice has been published on the Fundraising Regulator’s website. The changes have been made to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. This new Code will take effect in October 2019. Read more…

To understand how to navigate the new Code of Fundraising Practice, watch our recent webinar delivered by the Fundraising Regulator. Watch now…

The Independent school sector shouldn’t be facing this threat

June 2019

‘An 80 per cent loss of rate subsidy would leave many schools unable to share facilities and staff without cost at a time when extra-curricular provision is at a premium.’

In an article for The Times, Dorothy MacGinty, Head Teacher of Kilgraston School, discusses the implications of the proposed removal of the independent sector’s business rate tax relief in Scotland, a move that could lead to the closure of some independent schools. Read more…

MSPs meet private schools over plan to axe rates relief

June 2019

TES reports that members of the Scottish Parliament will meet with senior figures from independent schools to discuss plans to deny them the ability to claim charitable relief from business rates. Read more…

Losing tax relief could kill us, private schools warn

June 2019

The Times reports that if the Scottish government confirms a proposed tax rise, hundreds of private school teachers face redundancy and smaller institutions may close. Private schools are due to be stripped of charitable rates relief in 2020 to bring them in line with state schools, which have to pay business rates. Read more…

Could the Lib Dems make schools happier places?

June 2019

‘I want to tear up the rule book when it comes to our education system; the relentless testing, the archaic standards structures, but most importantly, how we measure the success of our schools. Our focus should be on wellbeing, culture and on building individuals ready to take on and change the world.’ – Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat education spokesperson

TES article discusses the Liberal Democrat party’s vision for schools. Read more…

Department of Education told to publish official school funding figures

June 2019

Schools week reports that the Department of Education has been told to publish a ‘comprehensive set’ of official figures on school funding after another slap down by the stats watchdog. It is the fifth time in the past 18 months that the Department of Education has been reprimanded by the statistics watchdog for its use of figures. Read more…

Letters: 'Thriving prep schools'
June 2019
 

Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Association of Prep Schools, writes a letter to The Times contradicting a claim that prep schools are in decline. He highlights the holistic education prep schools offer, which 'will continue to provide children with the life skills they need'. Read more... (letter halfway down the page)

Conservative leadership front runners pledge extra funding for schools
June 2019

School Week reports that Conservative leadership front runners Michael Gove and Boris Johnson have both pledged extra funding for schools. Gove has said he will spend £1 billion extra on schools if he becomes prime minister, while Johnson has pledged to ensure every secondary school in England gets at least £5,000 per pupil. Read more...
How schools are preparing for Brexit
June 2019

The New York Times reports on the impact of Brexit on independent schools, with some schools opening campuses overseas and others seeing a rise in the number of pupils from non-EU countries. Read more...
Letters: The value of independent schools
May 2019

'All leading independent schools already help local state schools and we are meeting at our spring conference today to work out how to do more. Attacking each other will not bring about educational equality. Instead we need to fund the state education system properly.'

Shaun Fenton, Chairman, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, writes in The Times that attacks on the independent sector are unfair. (half-way down the page) Read more...
'Forget private schools, what about inequality in state schools?'
May 2019

Killing off independent schools wouldn't even be a partial solution to state education's problems, says Yvonne Williams in an article for TES. Read more...
Withdrawing funding from the IB will be a 'tragedy' for social mobility, heads warn
May 2019

Schools Week reports that Headteachers have warned that government proposals to end funding for post-16 International Baccalaureate programmes would be a “tragedy” for social mobility – with some sixth forms left 'unviable'. Read more...

Latest UK giving report shows first dip in charitable giving since 2016
May 2019

The largest multi-year study of giving behaviour by CAF UK, shows the proportion of people giving money to charity, is down since 2016 to 65% (from 69% in 2018). Read more...

Education Secretary announces £2.5m boost to Careers Hubs in 20 areas
May 2019

Careers Hubs bring together schools and colleges with employers, universities, training providers and career professionals to improve outcomes for young people, through a relentless focus on best practice. Read more...

Grammar schools get more condition improvement funding
May 2019
 

Schools Week reports that grammar schools have won a bigger chunk of government cash this year, despite having their own £50 million expansion pot. Half of the successful bids in highly selective areas for the 2019-20 Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) went to grammars, despite them making up only one third of schools. Read more...

Sixth form and college funding down 16 per cent since 2010
May 2019

The Independent discusses a report that shows funding for sixth forms and further education colleges in England has been slashed by almost 16 per cent since the start of the decade. Money received for every enrolled student has been cut, in real terms, from £5,900 to just £4,960. The dramatic fall is twice the rate by which the overall schools budget has been reduced. Read more...
Consultation on changes to Teachers' Pension Scheme regulations
May 2019

FE News reports that the Department for Education is opening a consultation on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. This is the result of two 2017 Supreme Court rulings requiring minor changes to this scheme’s regulations, along with those of every other public sector pension scheme. The consultation closes at 17:00 on Saturday 25 June 2019. Read more...
ISC Myth-busting: 'Attending an independent school makes you posh and entitled'
May 2019

For their series on myth-busting common misconceptions about independent schools, the Independent Schools Council (ISC) asks Zanna Meynell, a Year 13 pupil at Monkton School, to discus her experience attending an independent school for her sixth form years. She writes how her preconception that independent school pupils must be 'posh and entitled is entirely inaccurate'. Read more...

Legacy income grows by 1.8 per cent
May 2019

Civil Society reports that legacy income has increased 1.8% in the year up to March 2019, although growth has slowed year-on-year since 2013. Predictions show that Brexit delays past October will cause legacy incomes to grow by 2 to 3% over the next five years, with less economic growth and rising death rates. Read more…

ISC Myth-busting: ‘Independent schools are too elitist to share their advantages’
May 2019

For their series on myth-busting common misconceptions about independent schools, the Independent Schools Council (ISC) uses the latest Census data to set the challenge the viewpoint that independent schools are too elitist to share their advantages.

‘The typical ISC school in fact has fewer than 200 pupils and makes only a small surplus every year. They aren’t all based in stately homes, in fact some of our schools share the facilities of better-equipped local academy schools.’

Read more…

BBC Radio 4 'Any Answers' programme: 'Is it time to abolish private schools?'
May 2019

Listen to BBC Radio 4’s Any Answers programme discuss whether it is time to abolish private schools. Mike Buchanan, executive director of the HMC argues that there are ‘plenty of better ways to improve social mobility than by tearing down excellent independent schools’. Listen now…

Half of schools 'not fully compliant with GDPR'
April 2019

TES reports that more than half of schools and colleges are not fully compliant with new data laws almost a year after they came into force. Breaches can be punished with fines of up to 4 per cent of annual revenue or £17 million - whichever is greater. Read more...
Ten things we've learnt about Legacy Stewardship
April 2019

With growing emphasis on stewarding legacy pledgers and prospects, Legacy Foresight shares what they have learnt about legacy stewardship from the both the charities' and donors' perspective. Read more...
HMC's Spring Conference
April 2019


HMC (the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference) held their spring conference on Wednesday 1 May 2019. Discussions included building a meaningful area partnership and the importance of bursary programmes. Find out more about the conference and see the programme that was covered.

By abandoning the aspirational middle classes, private schools are biting the hand that feeds them
April 2019

The Telegraph explores the recent criticism faced by public schools, how recent fee increases have put independent education beyond the means of many dual-profession families, and ways of making independent education more affordable. Read more…

Major private school chain quits Teachers’ Pension Scheme
April 2019

Schools week reports that at least ten private schools are in talks with a school leaders’ union about pulling out of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS), with one major chain already set to move staff out. This is in response to the rise in employer contributions from 16.4% to 23.6% in September. Independent schools are concerned that the increase could force them to close or raise fees. Read more…

’The Scottish government is right to end private schools’ tax breaks’
April 2019

TES article discusses how the Scottish government is proceeding with plans to withdraw tax breaks from Scotland’s private schools. James McEnaney, a journalist, FE lecturer and former teacher, argues in favour of the Scottish government's plans to withdraw tax breaks from Scotland’s independent schools. Read more…

ISC Annual Census
April 2019

The ISC (Independent Schools Council) has published its 2019 Census. Completed by all schools in ISC membership, the Census has been conducted annually for the past 45 years. This year, the Census shows a rise in the number of partnership projects between state and independent schools, the provision of means-tested fee assistance increasing to a value of more than £420 million, and pupil numbers reaching a record high. Read more…

Fundraising Regulator reveals details of new Code of Fundraising Practice
April 2019

The Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator has revealed that the new Code of Fundraising Practice is to come into force into the autumn. Changes being made to the Code follow a 10-week consultation from September to November 2018 to solicit views from the sector about how to make it simpler, during which time IDPE responded to the consultation on behalf of members. The new Code will be written in simpler English and would include a glossary of terms. It will also be more accessible online. Read more…

Independent schools prepare for impact of changes to teachers' pensions
April 2019

The Times is reporting that independent schools may need to raise as much as £191m a year to fund a 43% increase in the amount they will need to pay into the Teachers’ Pension scheme. This could lead to increases in fees for parents with children in private schools. Read more…

Chinese investors buying UK private schools will help keep sector afloat, says ex-Harrow head
April 2019

Barnaby Lenon, chair of the Independent Schools Council (ISC), argues that the recent trend for Chinese firms investing in British private schools is a ‘very encouraging development’ and has the potential to be the ‘salvation’ of struggling small institutions. Read more…

Don’t miss our IDPE 2019 Annual Conference session ‘Beyond fundraising: franchising and other international partnerships’ and learn about the role international school partnerships play and whether franchising your school brand overseas a viable option. Find out more about what’s on offer at the conference.

‘I love it here.’ Meet the Eton pupil on a scholarship for boys from deprived areas.
April 2019

The Daily Mail reports on Eton Colleges’ New Foundation Scholarship for boys from deprived areas, interviewing 14-year-old Schuyler Audley-Williams about his experiences of Eton so far. Read more…

To learn about best practice for bursary provision, join us at the HMC and IDPE 2020 School Bursaries Conference, Wednesday 29 January 2020 at BMA House, London. For more information, contact the IDPE Office.

Ipswich High School’s Head highlights the benefits of independent schools in response to Michael Gove’s recent comments
April 2019

In an article for Independent Schools Magazine, Oona Carlin, Head of Ipswich High School, responds to Michael Gove’s comment that he’d ‘like to make sending children to private school seem eccentric’, by explaining the benefits of independent schools for the children that attend them and for the government who does not need to fund the pupils. Read more…

Private schools face costs of over £110 million a year to fund teacher pensions due to ‘stealth tax’
April 2019

The Telegraph discusses the rise in employer contributions to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme from 16.48 per cent of their salaries to 23.6 per cent. The Department for Education will provide funding to help state schools meet the extra costs, but private schools and universities will need to pay the extra themselves. The change will cost private schools an extra £110 million from 2019-20 and nearly £200 million the following year. Read more…

ISC Myth-busting: ‘Independent schools operate in their own little bubbles’
April 2019

‘Across the country state and independent schools are collaborating on curriculum-relevant projects and developing lasting relationships between pupils, teachers and local communities.’

Head of Colfe’s School, Richard Russell, counters the view that ‘independent schools operate in their own bubbles’ for the Independent Schools Council’s myth-busting series. Read more…

Charities warn government over impact of probate fee hike
April 2019

The Law Society Gazette reports that charities have urged the government to reconsider controversial proposals to increase some probate fees so that estates including bequests to charities are not adversely affected. The government’s proposals would see the cost of administering probate reflect the value of the estate, replacing a flat fee. Read more…

Grammar school ‘extension’ paves the way for more ‘satellite campuses’ around the country
April 2019

The Daily Mail reports on the potential for more grammar school ‘satellite campuses’, which would be seen as extensions on existing schools, rather than as a creation of a new grammar school, which is currently illegal. The DfE has said that selective schools will only receive funding for expansions if they can prove how they will improve access for disadvantaged pupils. Read more…

Independent schools at ‘competitive disadvantage’
April 2019

John Edward, Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, reports on the Scottish government publishing its Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill, which includes the proposal to make independent schools ‘ineligible for reduction or remission of rates’. Read more…

‘Concrete danger’ of losing tax reliefs post-Brexit, charities warned
April 2019

Civil Society reports on the threat of the loss of tax reliefs post-Brexit. Speaking at Charity Tax Group’s Annual Conference, Luigi Lungarella, Director of Indirect Tax at PFK Littlejohn, warned that charities’ problems with VAT claims could be exacerbated by the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. VAT reliefs that would be under threat include those related to education and charity fundraising. Read more…

IoF publishes free updated version of GDPR guidance
April 2019

The Institute of Fundraising has now published an updated version of their original guide GDPR: The Essentials for Fundraising Organisations. New information includes minimising data protection risks, advise about when to employ a data protection officer and how to assess a legitimate interest for direct marketing under GDPR. Read more…

One fifth of charities experienced a cyber breach last year
April 2019

According to a report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 22 per cent of charities reported having a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months. Of these incidents. 81 per cent of were phishing attacks, whilst 20 per cent were others impersonating an organisation and 18 per cent were spyware or malware. Read more…

To learn more about what to do if you experience a data breach, see page 50 of the IDPE and ISBA’s GDPR: A Practical Guide for Schools.

'Independent schools are not the agents of social division portrayed in the press'
April 2019

The Spectator discusses the habit of viewing all independent schools as ‘aloof, expensive, exclusive and barred to almost everyone in the land’, looking at the variations and realities behind the usual divisive headlines. Read more…

Myth-busting: ‘Independent schools are only for the wealthy elite’
April 2019

‘The elitist culture I envisioned was shattered quickly and replaced with one of hard work.’

As a part of the ISC’s ‘myth-busting’ series tackling misconceptions about independent schools, Harry Arnison, a pupil at The Grammar School at Leeds, debunks the idea that ‘independent schools are only for the wealthy elite.’ Read more…

The ICO releases their top tips for charities
April 2019

The ICO has released their top tips for charities – data protection essentials – reminding charities of their obligations in protecting people’s personal data, and in how they communicate with them. Read more…

Most complaints investigated by the Fundraising Regulator upheld
April
2019

The Fundraising Reguator has released its latest Complaints Report, which states that 81% of complaints it investigated about charities were breaches of the Code of Fundraising Practice. Civil Society reports that the largest number of complaints were about door-to-door fundraising, followed by complaints about addressed mail, clothing collections, online fundraising and outdoor events. Read more…

Foreign students who stay to work in UK pay £3.2bn in taxes
April
2019

The Guardian discusses a major report which has found that highly qualified, non-British graduates contribute £3.2bn in extra tax revenues. Due to largely working in highly qualified areas, such as economics or science, or in sectors suffering from shortages, such as teaching and nursing, non-British graduates do not take jobs from local residents. Read more…

The real case for independent schools
April
2019


In an article for TES, Sir Roger Scruton insists that ‘society needs an educated elite’ and makes his case for the existence of independent schools. Read more…

Independent schools play positive role: readers’ letters
April 2019


Dr John D Halliday, Rector, High School of Dundee, argues that independent schools play a positive role and save the state £7 million a year letter published by The Courier. Read more…

Hundreds of councillors urge government to pump billions of pounds into cash-strapped schools
April 2019


The Independent reports that hundreds of local councillors are calling on the education secretary to urge the government to pump billions of pounds into funding schools. A letter signed by more than 1,000 councillors states that schools are ‘desperately overwhelmed’ with more students and fewer resources. Read more…

New guidance issued for charities connected with a non-charity
April 2019


The Charity Commission has published its new guidance on ’charities with a connection to a non-charity’, which will apply to a wide range of charities and non-charities. It applies to your charity if it:

  • Has set up and owns a trading subsidiary
  • Has been set up by the non-charity, for example corporate foundations
  • Is associated with campaigning organisations
  • Was established by government or local authorities
  • Regularly funds, or receives funding from, a non-charity
  • Works regularly with a non-charity to deliver services, campaigns or other projects
  • Has a non-charity as a trustee or 'a sole or significant member', or where a non-charity has rights to appoint trustees.

Losing teachers, cutting curriculum and parent donations: heads speak out about funding woes
April 2019


Schools week discusses the strains that funding restraints are causing schools including having to shed staff, reply on parent donations and make curriculum savings to meet capital funding cuts. Read more…

JustGiving drops platform fees for UK charities
April 2019

Civil Society reports JustGiving’s announcement that it has dropped its platform fees for donations to UK charities. It will instead ask donors for a voluntary contribution to support its running costs. Read more…

‘The charity sector is entering a new economic phase’
April 2019


Sir Stuart Etherington has stated that the sector is entering a new economic phase and charities should be asking themselves fundamental questions about how they operate in order to continue to be successful, reports Civil Society. “The things that made us successful in the past will not be the things that make us successful in the future.” Read more…

‘Socially selective’ faith schools must introduce fairer admissions to increase poorer students, charity says
April 2019

The Independent discusses a report from the Sutton Trust which reveals that the proportion of poorer pupils at the top-performing comprehensive schools in England, Scotland and Wales is around half of the average state school. The Sutton Trust has urged top faith schools that are ‘socially selective’ to boost the number of disadvantaged pupils they admit from local areas to ensure that they are ‘fairer'. Read more…

‘Vindictive’ rate reforms set to cost private schools millions of pounds
April 2019

The Times reports that the Scottish government has published draft legislation that would remove charitable relief for the majority of independent schools. As part of business rate reforms, private schools stand to lose £37 million over five years. Read more…

Fundraising Regulator reports 59 charities to ICO over non-compliance with FPS
March 2019

Civil Society reports that the Fundraising Regulator has referred 59 charities to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) because they have failed to comply with requests from the public to end communication made via the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). Stephen Eckersley, ICO’s director of investigations, said: ‘Charities that ignore the Fundraising Preference Service run the real risk of causing distress and offence to people who just don’t want to receive their marketing communications.’ Read more…

Parents asked to pay for teachers’ salaries and school repairs
March 2019

The Times reports that state schools are asking parents to donate hundreds of pounds a year to pay for salaries, buy textbooks and equipment and repair leaking buildings. Read more…

IDPE provides support for all schools, including state schools, to create sustainable income. Schools undertaking long-term development work are often not raising monies for core costs or revenue funding, but to provide enhancements to their curriculum or facilities.

‘Criticising the independent sector will not help pupils in the state sector’
March 2019

In an article published by TES, John Edward, Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools, looks at recent criticism of independent schools and argues that wishing independent schools ill ‘will not improve the life chances of a single pupil’. Read more…

John Edward will be speaking at the IDPE 2019 Scotland Conference on Monday 11 March 2019. Find out more…

Why are England’s schools at breaking point?
March 2019

Video from The Guardian looks at why cuts are being made to staff, classes, equipment and the curriculum despite the government stating that schools in England are getting more funding than ever. Watch the video now…

For information on how fundraising can help your school, contact IDPE now or call 01225 829030.

If your school is struggling to fundraise on a small budget, why not join us for our workshop ‘Development on a budget’ supported by RSAcademics? Find out more and book now…

Census shows new private schools aren’t setting up as charities
March 2019

Third Force News reports that the Independent Schools Councils’ (ISC) annual census shows that only 75% of schools have charitable status, with figures steadily decreasing for a decade. Will this trend continue? Read more…

Fall in voluntary income at the largest 100 charities
March 2019

Civil Society reports that the largest 100 charities have recorded a dip in voluntary income, according to recently published figures. The combined voluntary income for the top 100 charities was £3.26bn down from £3.27bn the previous quarter. Read more…

Why is it important to ensure you have a clear complaints policy?
February 2019
In 2018, the Fundraising Regulator changed the Code of Fundraising Practice to require charities to have a ‘clear and publicly available complaints procedure’ and to investigate any complaints thoroughly, objectively and without undue delay. Find out more about what needs to be included in your complaints policy.

Private schools’ eligibility for charitable rate relief
February 2019

In response to a Parliamentary question, a spokesman for the Government has said that there are no plans to review the eligibility of private schools for charitable rate relief. Read more…

Delay to the release of the updated Code of Fundraising Practice
February 2019

The Fundraising Regulator has issued a press release detailing the steps currently in motion towards releasing a new Code of Fundraising Practice, including the types of suggestions they are now looking into. The new Code will now be available in summer 2019, but won’t come into effect until 3 months later. Read more…

The Institute of Fundraising launches new free guide on telephone fundraising for charities and fundraisers
February 2019

The Institute of Fundraising with support from Ethicall, a specialist telephone fundraising agency, has launched their new guide ‘A Good Call’. The guide provides information and advice on how to make the most of telephone fundraising to connect with your supporters. Read more and download the guide…

Small Charities Coalition launches charity set-up tool
February 2019

Small Charities Coalition has launched a new tool, charitysetup, to help guide people through the process and to register with the Charity Commission. Read more…

‘School partnerships can contribute to enhanced social cohesion and collective community responsibility'
February 2019

Louise Brown, Director of Educational Partnerships at New College School, discusses what it takes to achieve a successful partnership in an article in the Independent Schools Magazine. Read more…

Changes made to the Fundraising Preference Service
February 2019

Charities currently have 28 days to action a suppression request; however, from Friday 1 March 2019, charities will have 21 days. This change aims to make it less likely for charities to miss the deadline to action the request. Read more…

Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme
February 2019

The Small Charitable Donations Act (Amendment) Order 2019 has been passed: it increases the small donations limit under the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme (GASDS) from £20 to £30 with effect from 6 April 2019.

Economists issue dire warning over future of Edinburgh private schools
February 2019
The Herald reports that experts have warned of a ‘stark future’ for the independent sector in Edinburgh, due to the partial removal of business rates relief, rising teachers’ pay and spiralling pensions contributions threatening their financial security. Read more…

Pension changes will cost independent schools an extra £100m
February 2019
The Department for Education has revealed that employer’s contribution for teacher’s pensions will rise from 16.48 percent of their salaries to 23.6 percent from September. The Telegraph reports that this means that private schools are facing a £100 million ‘stealth raid’ by the Government to fund teacher pensions, which could lead to significant rises in fees. Read more…

Book review – Engines of Privilege: Britain's Private School Problem
February 2019

Article from Tes reviews of David Kynaston and Francis Green’s ‘Engines of Privilege: Britain’s Private School Problem’, a contentious book with the intention of kick-starting ‘a long overdue nation debate’ on the independent sector, which the authors argue is a significant block to social mobility. Read more…

Low-cost private school struggles to fill places
February 2019

The Times reports that Independent Grammar School Durham, Britain’s cheapest fee-charging school charging £52 a week, has struggled to fill their places. Promising a traditional education, strong on discipline, but without expensive facilities, the school opened in autumn last year. Read more…

New service for charitable bequests to be established
February 2019

A new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service following a decision to end its current arrangement. Charity representatives are being invited to help establish a new service that delivers a sustainable and efficient arrangement for the sector. Read more…

Instagram plans to launch a donation feature
February 2019

Instagram’s parent company Facebook has announced that Instagram is developing a new feature that will allow users to donate to charity directly using the stories function, with the development aimed at building community. Read more…

Grammar schools to create 3,000 new places in the next three years to end middle class stranglehold with £50m fund focusing on poorer pupils
February 2019

The Daily Mail reports that almost 3,000 new places will be created for children to attend grammar schools in the next three years. The £50 million fund for new classrooms will focus on schools that prioritise poorer pupils in an attempt to stop them becoming too ‘socially exclusive’. Read more…

The meaning of a good, well-rounded education
February 2019

Guardian readers share their perspectives on the charitable status of private schools, including Leo Winkley, Headmaster of Shrewsbury School, who gives examples as to what independent schools are doing to merit their subsidies. Read more…

BBC Radio 4: Debating the ‘private school problem’
February 2019

Listen to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme’s discussion on independent schools with Sally-Anne Huang, Headmistress of James Allen’s Girls’ School and Vice Chair of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference, and Historian David Kynaston following the publication of ‘Engines of Privilege: Britain’s Private School Problem’. (listen from 2:54:00) Listen now…

Navigating the transition from ‘friend raising’ to ‘active donor’
February 2019

Debra Price, Head of Philanthropy for IDPE corporate partner RSAcademics, discusses how schools can move from ‘friend raising’ to knowing whether these ‘friends’ are ready to become active donors through using engagement mapping. Read more…

Charity Commission publishes annual report about its regulatory work
February 2019
Article from Civil Society discusses the report published by the Charity Commission about its regulatory work, including an increase in the number of series incidents reported by charities. Read more…

Letters: Class and Ambition
February 2019

Kathy Crewe-Read, Head of Wolverhampton Grammar School, writes to The Times about the importance of aspiration in determining the outcomes of young people. Read more…

Letters: Middle classes priced out of private education
February 2019

Will Phelan, Principal of Stamford Endowed Schools, has responded to an article discussing how middle-class families are 'priced out of private education', arguing that it is unfair to portray all independent schools as ‘the bastion of the super-rich’. Read more…

DSC launches online funding resource
February 2019

A website allowing charities to search and apply for funding has been launched by the Directory of Social Change (DSC), aiming to link charities to 8,000 funders, who between them can provide £8bn in funding. Read more…

Leading head says that private school bursaries are being used to top up fees of middle class children
February 2019

Article in the Telegraph discusses how Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, head of Stowe School, has criticised independent schools for not doing enough to reach out to children from deprived households. Read more…

ICO urges charities to take part in ‘innovative’ data exercise
February 2019

The ICO is developing a ‘regulatory sandbox’ as a safe space for charities and other bodies to put together innovative ways of dealing with personal data. The sandbox is part of the ICO’s mantra that privacy and innovation go hand in hand. It’s not privacy or innovation, it’s privacy and innovation – but organisations that use the sandbox won’t be exempt from data protection law. Following analysis of a call for views on the proposed regulatory sandbox, the ICO is now looking for potential participants to see how this might work in practice. Read more…

Academy schools struggle with ‘unsustainable’ deficits
February 2019

The Guardian reports that schools in England are merging into larger academy chains and cutting costs in a bid to manage “unsustainable” deficits. Read more…

Education generates billions for UK economy
February 2019

Britain’s education sector is one of its most lucrative international assets, generating almost £20bn for the UK in 2016 through exports such as international students and English language training. Read more…

Number of British schools in China to more than double
January 2019

TES discusses how report on 'second wave' of British-run campuses in China predicts total will have increased to 46 by the end of 2019. Read more…

Fundraising Preference Service used by fewer than 4,000 people last year
January 2019

Figures from the Fundraising Regulator show that, in the year to the end of October, 3,847 people made 11,890 requests to stop communications from almost 1,000 different charities. Read more…

NCVO publishes new Charity Ethical Principles
January 2019

NCVO’s new Charity Ethical Principles aim to support charities, their governing bodies, and those who work and volunteer in and with them in recognising and resolving ethical issues and conflicts, and make charities a safer place. Read more…

Private schools contribute £125m to Edinburgh economy, report finds
January 2019
Top independent schools contribute £125 million a year to Edinburgh’s economy, a new report has revealed. The ten Edinburgh independent schools together educate around 11,700 nursery, primary and secondary pupils, as well as employing 2,580 staff. Read more...

Funding Increases to Teachers' Pensions Employer Contributions – Consultation
January 2019

On 15 January 2019, the government published the above consultation paper with its stated aim of ensuring "all affected sectors have an opportunity to share views on the impact these changes will bring." You can take part in the consultation by submitting your response by Tuesday 12 February 2019. Read more...

Teacher pay and funding strike wins 82% support
January 2019

Teacher strike action to secure better funding for schools and the full implementation of the teachers' pay award has been given 82 per cent support in a union indicative ballot. Read more…

'Charities must improve storytelling to attract more major donors'
January 2019
Speaking at the Institute of Fundraising's Major Donor Fundraising Conference, Caroline Underwood, chief executive of fundraising consultancy, Philanthropy Company, outlined the major trends in philanthropy and major giving and said that the information that charities share needs to be easily “digestible” if they hope to attract donors. Read more…

Britain’s private school problem: it’s time to talk
January 2019
In their new book, historian David Kynaston and economist Francis Green set out the case for change when it comes to open discussion about private education and the root of inequality in Britain. Read more…

'Arrogant' charities told to fund new watchdog
January 2019
The new head of a regulator set up after a series of fundraising scandals has criticised hundreds of charities for refusing to pay a levy to fund its work. Read more…

Almost one in three council-run secondary schools in deficit, study finds
January 2019
The number of local authority secondary schools running at a loss has nearly quadrupled – from 8.1 per cent to 30.3 per cent – in four years, according to the think tank Education Policy Institute. Read more…

Blackbaud Scholarship & Stewardship Survey 2019
January 2019
Blackbaud Europe, have conducted a comprehensive survey of educational institutions in the UK and further afield to create an overview of scholarships and stewardships as they stand in 2018. Read more...

Grammar schools ‘significantly boost chances of poor pupils attending top universities’
January 2019

Children from the country’s poorest backgrounds are more than twice as likely to progress to Oxbridge if they attend a grammar school, new research suggests. Read more…

Grammar schools send more ethnic minority students to Cambridge than all comprehensives combined
January 2019

Grammar schools are sending more black and minority ethnic (BME) students to Cambridge University than all the other state schools in the country combined, a new analysis reveals. Read more…

Teachers’ leaders accuse Theresa May of breaking funding promise
January 2019

i News is reporting that teachers leaders have accused the Prime Minister of breaking her promise to increase school funding after it was revealed nearly 5,000 schools will suffer cuts this year. Read more…

Scottish government launches review of charity law
January 2019

The Scottish government has launched a consultation on charity law that includes proposals to give the regulator greater enforcement powers and require all registered charities to publish their accounts. Read more…

‘Independent schools should focus on providing bursaries, not scholarships’
January 2019

Emma Hattersley, head at the £32,000-a-year Godolphin School in Salisbury, has said that scholarships for exceptionally talented pupils should be “phased out” in favour of fee assistance for pupils from less-well off families. Read more…

What can charities expect from 2019?
January 2019

As 2019 gets underway, Kirsty Weakley sums up what charities should be looking out for, and makes a few predictions about what the year might hold for charities. Read more…

Commission warns of fall in the quality of charity accounts
January 2019

The Charity Commission has warned of a deterioration the quality of charity accounts and said the sector is not doing enough to explain to the public how money is raised and spent or to demonstrate public benefit. Read more…

Daniel Fluskey: 2018… a legitimately interesting year
January 2019

Daniel Fluskey from the Institute of Fundraising looks back what happened in 2018 and ahead to what to expect in 2019. Read more…

Charity auditors breached duties, says regulator
January 2019

The Charity Commission has referred two auditors to their professional bodies for breaching their reporting responsibilities and says it will do so without warning in future. Read more…

EU e-Privacy reforms hit stalemate
December 2018
EU countries cannot agree on the wording of the planned new e-Privacy Regulation, causing the proposed reforms to be watered down. Read more…

A group of boarding schools commission research to establish their economic impact

December 2018

Boarding schools in Perthshire have commissioned a Dundee university to demonstrate the contribution they make to the Tayside economy, as they brace themselves for a £5 million tax raid. Read more...

Interviews with the incoming GSA president

December 2018

Sue Hincks, headmistress of Bolton School Girls’ Division, has given a series of interviews ahead of becoming president of the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) in January, including her pledge to use her position to improve the prospects of disadvantaged pupils. Read more...

Rise in school data security incidents in wake of GDPR

December 2018

The number of data security incidents reported by the education sector rocketed by more than 43 per cent after the introduction of general data protection regulations. Read more...

Grammar schools and social mobility

December 2018

John Claughton, former chief master at King Edward’s School Birmingham, and Richard Russell, headmaster of Colfe’s School, write to The Times arguing that changes made by The King Edward VI Academy Trust, to prioritise disadvantaged local children in their admissions criteria, will raise the aspirations of many children and aid social mobility. Read more...

Registration with The Fundraising Regulator

December 2018

An important way to show the public you are committed to best practice in fundraising is to sign up to the Fundraising Code. If your school hasn’t yet paid the Levy Year £ (the fee is due from 1 September 2018) it will be clearly marked as a non-payer. The majority of schools will not be required to pay the levy, but can still register with The Fundraising Regulator for £50 a year. Read more...

New chair for The Fundraising Regulator

December 2018

Labour peer Toby Harris, Lord Harris of Haringey, will be the new Fundraising Regulator Chair. Lord Harris’ role will start on 1 January 2019 when current chair Lord Grade’s term comes to an end. Read more...

Don’t “diss” private schools over Oxbridge entries

December 2018

A fact frequently overlooked in the rush to “diss” private education is that many hundreds of children from limited or average financial backgrounds attend independent schools having gained bursaries and/or scholarships. Across the UK, annual fee assistance amounts to over £378 million, representing 40,402 pupils, or 7.6 per cent of all independently educated pupils. Read more...

The impact of Brexit on independent schools

December 2018

Brexit may be dominating headlines, but UK independent schools seem perturbed. Read more...

Why private schools should be abolished

December 2018

The educational dominance of private schools is once again in the news, following new research which shows that eight top UK schools get as many pupils into Oxbridge as three-quarters of all schools and colleges together. Read more...

Funding boost announced for Scottish Regulator

December 2018

The Scottish Government has announced that OSCR’s budget will increase by 10 per cent to £3.3m for the year beginning in April 2019. Read more...

Parents fight to stop grammar schools prioritising poor local children

December 2018

Parents are campaigning to stop a group of grammar schools giving priority to disadvantaged and local children because they fear standards will fall. Read more...

Headteachers write to more than 300,000 parents over school budgets at ‘breaking point’

December 2018

Headteachers in the northeast of England have written to more than 300,000 parents over fears that their school budgets are at “breaking point”. Read more...

ICO launch consultation on new code of practice for direct marketing
November 2018
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO
) is calling for views on the code of practice for direct marketing. The ICO is looking to develop its previously published detailed direct marketing guidance, to address the aspects of the new legislation relevant to direct marketing, such as transparency and lawful bases for processing, as well as covering the rules on electronic marketing (for example emails, text messages, phone calls) under the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

ICO to take no further action on wealth screening and data matching practices in universities
November 2018
The ICO has recently written to universities following its investigation into wealth screening and data matching practices to say that it will be taking no further action.

In the same letter however, the ICO has expressed its concerns about wealth screening and data matching from a data protection perspective and the importance of transparency when processing personal data. The ICO has reiterated that where universities are undertaking: ‘Far more intrusive activities such as profiling individuals, particularly where this involves getting more information that the individual has not given you, either directly or via third-party companies. In these cases, the legitimate interest condition is unlikely to apply.’

IDPE is working with CASE to consider how we can best support our respective members working in schools and universities across the UK to balance the privacy rights of the individual with the needs of the institution to engage with, and raise funds from, their community.

Read the guidance on wealth screening and data matching practices which the ICO shared with universities.

Mims Davies appointed as charities minister

November 2018

The Prime Minister has appointed Mims Davies as minister for sport and civil society, following Tracey Crouch’s resignation last week. Read more...

New probate fee could cost charities £10 million a year

November 2018

The government has bought before parliament new legislation that will increase probate fees paid on the value of estates, which some believe could cost the charity sector more than £10 million a year in lost legacy income. Read more...

Action considered over Chancellor’s funding shortfall

November 2018

Education funding has fallen 8% since 2010, and heads are furious about the chancellor’s meagre handout. Read more...

Warning notices issued to 148 private schools

November 2018

The government has issued warning notices to almost 150 private schools in the last 12 months, with two schools failing to meet standards in all eight categories they are inspected on. Read more...

House of Lords: Parliamentary question and response to VAT

November 2018

In a written question, Lord Lexden, president of the Independent Schools Association, asked what plans the current Government have to impose VAT on independent school fees. Government minister, Lord Bates, responded, ‘the Government has no plans to change the VAT treatment of independent schools.’ Read more...

School building spend down 40%, says Labour
October 2018
Government spending on school buildings has plunged by more than 40 per cent since the Conservatives came to power, according to Labour. Read more...

Making the Ask – Major Gift Fundraising in Practice

IDPE member, Moyra Rowney will be hosting a seminarMaking the Ask – Major Gift Fundraising in Practice’ delivered by Prospecting for Gold on Tuesday 4 December 2018 at Godolphin School. To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

Treasury officials considering plans to ‘slap VAT on private school fees’

October 2018

Insiders said the suggestion – which could net £1.5 billion – was being mooted two weeks before the Budget.  Read more...

 

‘Private schools should respond to the demand for an affordable independent education.’ 

October 2018

Ross Clark writes in The Telegraph, questioning increases in private school fees amidst a demand for an affordable independent school education. Read more...

‘Governing bodies to blame for independent school fee rises.’

October 2018

Martin Stephen, former high master of St Paul's School, has suggested too many independent school governors view their school as a business. Read more...

Engagement wasn’t built in a day

October 2018

We all know we should do it more, more actively and with the aim of truly understanding the messages being conveyed.  We’re talking about listening.  Hear from NSPCC as to why audience is at the heart of their campaigns. Read more...

Charity Commission has updated its guidance on reporting serious incidents

October 2018

Guidance for charity trustees about serious incidents: how to spot them and how to report. Read more...

 

Charity Commission investigation into Grangewood Educational Association – update  

October 2018

The Commission has issued a press release announcing that following the appointment of three new independent trustees, it has discharged the Interim Managers of Grangewood Educational Association. Read more...

 

Giving Tuesday 2018

October 2018

Get involved in Giving Tuesday 2018 – sign up now.

Extra resources should be targeted at schools supporting large numbers of disadvantaged pupils, says OECD

October 2018

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published the ‘Equity in Education’ paper, which examines social mobility barriers, and has suggested the Government should target additional resources at schools serving disadvantaged areas. By Alix Robertson, Schools Week. Read more...

Chancellor scraps plans to add VAT to independent school fees

October 2018

Chancellor Philip Hammond has scrapped VAT on private schools ahead of the Budget as borrowing figures show an 11-year low at £4.1bn. Read more...

Sixfold surge in charities reporting data breaches to ICO

October 2018

Charities reported 137 data security incidents to the Information Commissioner’s Office in the first quarter of 2018/19, according to recently published data – a more than sixfold increase from the previous year. Read more...

Open University targets £50m fundraising by 2019

October 2018

The head of development at The Open University has said that the organisation is on track to raise £50m by the end of next year, and hits its first fundraising appeal target. Read more...

Private schools told to open their swimming pools to state pupils

October 2018

A new drive to encourage private schools to share their swimming pools is being launched by the government amid concerns about the number of children who emerge from primary school unable to swim. Read more...

New statutory requirements for state schools around Careers Education

October 2018

New statutory guidance on careers education released by the Department of Education sets out a long-term plan to build a world-class careers’ system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. Read more...

The private schools that remain open despite standards warnings

October 2018

A private school has been forced to close most classes after the government threatened to shut down over poor standards – despite other failing schools remaining open, including one that has failed eight inspections. Read more...

Insolvent private school’s finances investigated

October 2018

Auditors are probing the payments made by a private school prior to it going bust owing creditors over £900,000 – including more than £200,000 in unpaid wages to teachers. Read more...

A ‘bright future’ for the fundraising sector

October 2018

The head of policy and external affairs at the Institute of Fundraising, Daniel Fluskey has said that more fundraising is a way of improving public trust and confidence in the sector. Read more...

Key facts and trends in today’s legacy market

October 2018

It’s the smallest, youngest charities who are seeing the fastest growth. Charities founded after 1970 now account for £1 in every £5 of legacy income – and their combined income is growing at 10 per cent per annum. Read more...

Do schools help or hinder social mobility?

October 2018

Do schools help social mobility and fairness? Or do they give even more advantages to the better-off?  Read more...

 

Crisis comms – what can schools learn from the charitable sector on handling the press
October 2018
Last week Girlguiding pushed back against criticism in the newspapers of its safeguarding policies – is the tide turning on how charities are handling the press?  Read more..

Fundraising guidance for Northern Ireland
October 2018
Do you fundraise in Northern Ireland? The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published two new ‘bitesize’ guidance documents covering fundraising regulation essentials. One is for charity trustees and includes a checklist to help make sure all fundraising responsibilities are met. The other is for members of the public and features a checklist to use before making a donation to charity. You can find all of the guidance on their website. Read more...

Facts and figures: UK charity sector 2018
October 2018
Updated version of the essential facts and figures about the UK charity sector at your fingertips, including statistics on volunteering, donations, size of the sector and more.  Read more...

Commission sets out new strategic direction demanding higher standards for charities
October 2018
The Charity Commission has unveiled a new five-year strategy signalling a shift in its focus to operate more collaboratively but also demand higher standards of behaviour from the sector. Read more...

DfE spending claim includes money spent by parents on private school fees
October 2018
The figures quoted by education ministers defending their record on state school spending also included the money spent by parents on private school fees. Read more...

Facts and figures: UK charity sector 2018

October 2018

Updated version of the essential facts and figures about the UK charity sector at your fingertips, including statistics on volunteering, donations, size of the sector and more. Read more...

Gift Aid Awareness Day – Thursday 4 October

October 2018

The Charity Finance Group (CFG) is leading the promotion of Gift aid awareness day and has published a Gift Aid Awareness Day communications toolkit. The objective is to get every charity donor who is eligible to #tickthebox. Read more...

Consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice - webinars

October 2018

The Fundraising Regulator is running a consultation on the accessibility of the Code of Fundraising Practice, with changes to presentation, style and language. As part of this they have held webinars running though the re-drafted Fundraising Code and explaining the changes they want to make, which you can watch now. 

As part of our service to our members in championing schools' development, IDPE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of members and would welcome your comments on the new version of the Code by Friday 9 November 2018.  Please send your feedback to Louise Bennett.

MAT Chief Executive urges private heads to become state school governors

October 2018

The head of an academy chain has urged private school headteachers to become governors at state schools to help improve their education. Read more...

The Impact of Independent Schools on the UK Economy

October 2018

This 2018 report, highlights the huge impact of the independent school sector on the UK economy: for example, economic analysts have found that independent schools save the taxpayer £3.5 billion every year by providing places for pupils who would otherwise be expected to take up a place in the state-funded sector. Read more...

Legacy income highest on record

October 2018

Legacy income in 2017 was the largest ever reported, according to Smee & Ford’s Legacy Trends 2018 Report.  Last year, 36,445 charitable estates, worth £17.9 billion, included between £2.8 and £2.9 billion of charity legacy income. These figures show that, whilst the number of charitable estates overall remained fairly consistent with 2016 figures, the overall value of charitable estates grew by £1.8 billion.  Read more...

The Sutton Trust - Parents: enemies of social mobility?

October 2018

It's no surprise that parents want the best for their children. But the latest research from The Sutton Trust, Parent Power 2018 demonstrates that sometimes this can go too far. Renting houses near sought-after schools and attending church to gain favour were among the most popularly cited tactics by parents to get their child into a good school.  Read more...

Working together, state and private schools can save education

October 2018

Let's break down the barriers between state and private schools to ensure all pupils receive the best education. Read more...

Private schools 'can help UK through crippling uncertainty'
October 2018

Writing to 291 members of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), its chairman, Shaun Fenton expressed his hope for a united front in supporting one of the UK's strengths - its independent schools.  Read more...

More private schools rush to open schools abroad

October 2018

Growing numbers of private schools are opening branches abroad, 20 years after Harrow started the trend by setting up in Bangkok. Read more..

Around 1,000 headteachers are due to march on Downing Street in an unprecedented protest over funding

October 2018

Organisers of the grassroots protest say school leaders from across England also will deliver a petition to Number 10.  Read more...

FE manifesto: 4 ways to fix college funding
September 2018
College leaders, staff and students have backed a manifesto calling for a 5% annual increase in the 16 to 19 funding rate for each of the next five years. 
Read more...

Free schools programme to be axed by Labour Party
September 2018

Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Education Secretary, will announce plans to axe the free schools programme, in a keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference.  Read more...

Schools forced to shell out £3.8 million in council conversion fees

September 2018

A Schools Week investigation has revealed that more than half of councils now impose penalty fees on schools that convert to academies. Read more...

Department of Education’s ‘record school funding’ mantra is ‘unhelpful’

September 2018

The Institute for Fiscal Studies published research confirming that total school spending per pupil fell by 8% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2017-18.  However, when asked about funding pressures, the DfE routinely says that overall school funding is at record levels, most recently saying that ‘by 2020, school funding will rise to a record £43.5 billion’. Read more...

Could it be unethical not to ask for a sufficiently high gift?
September 2018

As a fundraiser, who do you consider to be your most important stakeholder?  Think about it for a while.  Actually, you probably didn’t need to think about for very long at all.  You said donors, didn’t you?  Well, that’s hardly surprising. Most of fundraising’s professional practice puts donors at the heart of what fundraisers do, but is that right challenges Ian MacQuillin, Director of Rogare... Read more...

The life-changing impact of a school bursary
September 2018

The Daily Mail features an interview with David Ejim-McCubbin, a recipient of a life-changing bursary provided by Rugby School in partnership with the Eastside Young Leaders' Academy, which helps young people from disadvantaged communities secure a good education.  Read more...

Top graduate schemes dominated by private schools
September 2018

Britain’s leading graduate schemes are dominated by private school alumni.  The Institute of Student Employers has found that 57% of graduates hired by companies had been to a state school, compared to 91% across the population.  Read more...

Charities frustrated by HMRC decision to ‘pull the plug’ on registration project
September 2018

Charities have expressed concern after plans to build a joint registration portal between HMRC and the Charity Commission were shelved after five years of inaction.  Read more...

Check if a new charity is the best option
September 2018

Whilst your school will benefit the community, setting up a charity may not always be the right thing.  Read more...

Schools warned to look out for laundered money
September 2018

Private schools have been warned to be vigilant for wealthy parents using laundered money to pay for their children’s education.  Read more...

Record number of British private schools opening overseas

September 2018

A record number of British private schools are opening or licensing overseas offshoots, according to a report this week - a total of 14 international schools linked to top British private schools have opened this term, including schools in China, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong and Malaysia.  Read more...

£100-a-week ‘no frills’ private school mooted for London

September 2018

A ‘no-frills’ school, which would offer a traditional education but cut down on additional costs such as extra-curricular activities, is in the early stages of planning but could open in north London in two years according to one of its proponents. Read more...

Making the Ask – Major Gift Fundraising in Practice
September 2018
IDPE Trustee, Andrew Beales will be hosting a seminar Making the Ask – Major Gift Fundraising in Practice’ delivered by Prospecting for Gold on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at Durham School. To find out more and to book a place, please click here.

Majority of charities have seen databases shrink after GDPR implementation

September 2018

More than half of charities have seen the number of supporters they can contact by email fall as a result of the GDPR, according to a survey of 176 charity workers by the research consultancy nfpSynergyRead more...

Government consultation on raising lottery limits

September 2018

NCVO and the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) have both backed the government's suggestion that the annual limits on the amount society lotteries can raise from ticket sales should rise to £100m.  Read more...
  

24 charities removed from the Charity Commission register

September 2018

The Charity Commission has removed 24 charities from the register after an investigation into organisations which have not filed accounts for two or more years. Read more...

Five tips for starting a legacy programme from scratch

September 2018

Michael Smout, head of marketing at the Family Holiday Association, gives his five tips for starting a legacy programme from scratch.  Read more...

Next generation of UK giving

September 2018

Find out which generation gives the most – read IDPE corporate partner, Blackbaud’s Next Generation of UK Giving Infographic. Read more...

DonorPerfect launch their 2018 Giving Tuesday Ideas Guide

September 2018

IDPE corporate partner, DonorPerfect have developed a new guide, packed with lots of ways you can promote your Giving Tuesday participation, gamify giving, and energize your donors to share your awesome campaign with everyone they love.  Read more...

Claire Routley: Why do supporters decide to leave charities gifts in their wills?

September 2018

Tutor for the IDPE and IoF Certificate in Fundraising, Dr Claire Routley, looks at the decision-making process that leads supporters to donate to charities in their wills, and says that the sector needs to focus on rebuilding trust.  Read more...

David Ainsworth: Charity regulation is not fit for purpose

September 2018

David Ainsworth looks at the state of charity regulation, and finds that it could be improved with radical change.   Read more...

‘Grammar schools are state sponsored segregation that stifle chances for poorer children’, Lib Dem says
September 2018
Layla Moran, speaking at the party’s annual conference, attacked the government’s flagship education policy to expand existing grammar schools to create more places as a ‘waste of money’.  Read more...

£100 million could be raised from VAT on private school fees claims shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell
September 2018
However, John Edward, Director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools claims that: ‘Every year, our schools save the Scottish education budget £180 million.’ Read more...

Code of Fundraising 2.0 put out for consultation
September 2018
The Fundraising Regulator has today published a new draft version of the Code of Fundraising Practice, which it hopes is clearer and more accessible.  IDPE will be responding to the consultation on behalf of members and would welcome your comments on the new Code of Fundraising Practice by Friday 9 November.  Please send your feedback to Louise Bennett. Read more...

Gibb defends grammar school expansion plans
September 2018

The schools minister Nick Gibb has defended his department’s plans to encourage grammar schools to expand, claiming they will result in ‘significantly more’ help for disadvantaged children. Read more...

Campaigners say governments must stop funding failing private schools abroad
September 2018

Writing on behalf of civil society groups in Kenya, Uganda and Liberia, Global Justice Now said the bankrolling of private chain Bridge International Academies, who have received more than £20 million in direct and indirect funding from Britain, should instead be used for free, quality education for the world’s poorest children. Read more...

The rise of independent school fees
September 2018

The Financial Times reports on the cost of independent school fees, which have risen by 49% over the past decade. Read more...

Findings from ICO information risk reviews of 8 charities
September 2018

8 charities voluntarily took part in ICO information risk reviews... Read more...

4 reasons why 360˚ data will benefit your charity’s donor retention
September 2018

By using a joined-up approach to data, charities can boost loyalty and retention… Read more...

Wellcome Trust reports data breach to regulators

September 2018

The Wellcome Trust has informed the Charity Commission, Information Commissioner's Office and police that four staff members' email accounts have been compromised.  Read more...

Charity sector income rises by over £2 billion in one year

September 2018

The charity sector in England and Wales had a total income of £76.7bn, according to the latest accounts and annual returns filed with the Charity Commission in the year to June 2018.  Read more...

More free schools opening in England

September 2018

The number of free schools in England has topped 500, as a further 53 free schools open. Read more...

Over a quarter of charities’ accounts deemed unacceptable by the regulator

September 2018

The Charity Commission said that 74% of charities with incomes over £25,000 were deemed ‘acceptable’, in their latest sample filed accounts.  Read more...

CAF produces free fundraising toolkit

September 2018

The Charities’ Aid Foundation, has published a Fundraising Fundamentals toolkit, which features invaluable information for new and established charity fundraisers’. It covers areas including getting started, multichannel fundraising, and knowing and retaining donors.  Read more...

Charity Commission launches investigation into two independent schools

September 2018

The Charity Commission, has opened a class statutory inquiry into The Martin Foundation and The Collegiate Charitable Foundation, who provide bursaries to enable students to attend independent primary and secondary schools; provide advertising, facilities and equipment for the schools, and assist the local community.  Read more...

The Department of Education publishes guide on saving money

September 2018

Practical support and advice has been published in a new toolkit for schools, to help save money on the £10 billion spent each year on non-staffing costs. Read more...

What are parents doing to deal with school fee rises?

September 2018

Average private school fees have soared by 49% since 2008, according to research by Lloyds Bank Private Banking, and parents are struggling to keep up. Read more...

Department for Education slashes school improvement fund by 60%
August 2018

The government has closed a flagship school improvement programme, without spending £84 million of the money it initially allocated to the fund. Read more...

Regulator issues alert over insider fraud in charities
August 2018

The Charity Commission is calling on charities to be alert to the threat posed by insider fraudsters and cyber criminals, after concerns were raised by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), that insider fraud, in all types of organisations, poses a greater threat than external fraud due to the access that insiders have to knowledge and data.  Read more...

Why the true advantages of private schools are not purely academic
August 2018

A 2011 survey commissioned by the Independent Schools Council on why parents send their children to independent schools found that the most common answer was ‘Better standards of education.’ But other reasons cited included: ‘A better start in life; more chances in life; better chances for future careers; better discipline; and smaller pupil-teacher ratios.’ Read more...

Private schools don’t act like charities so let’s strip them of their benefits
August 2018
"Few would claim that the charitable status given to private schools is the greatest challenge facing Britain's education system... But giving these schools a tax break is a manifestation of how warped our system of equal opportunities is." Read more...

Row over private school business rates
August 2018

A row has broken out over Scottish government plans to end business rates relief for independent schools. Read more...

Russian oligarchs are deserting Britain’s public schools
August 2018

Figures published by the Independent Schools Council (ISC), which represents 1,300 private schools in the UK, reveal a steep decline in numbers of Russian pupils being taught in the UK over the last three years.  Read more...

Cashless donation transactions allow donors to bypass banks
August 2018

A cashless payments company is offering a monthly payments system which enables donors to make monthly or one-off payments on their credit cards without having to give bank details. Read more...

BBC Newsnight: independent schools and boarding school places
August 2018

Julie Robinson, general secretary of the ISC was interviewed on Newsnight about the Boarding School Partnerships initiative and the impact of independent schools on the wider education sector. Read more...

Legacy income stalls in last six months
August 2018

Legacy income was down in the first half of 2018, compared to the previous year, according to figures published by Legacy Foresight. Read more...

Schools cuts: ‘Children now raise money for their own education’
August 2018

Funding crisis means some UK headteachers spend more than 50% of their time seeking charity for essential subjects. Read more...

Private schools should help children in care
August 2018

Private schools should provide boarding places for thousands of looked-after children as a way of resisting pressure to strip them of their charitable status, the government has said.  Read more...

Are grammar schools facing a crisis?
August 2018

Around 70 (or 5%) of the 1,500 non-grammar state schools taking students aged 11-18 received under £4,500 per pupil. A small number (21) received more than £8,000 per pupil. On average, grammar schools in England received around £4,500 per pupil, while other state schools received £5,200. Read more...

IDPE working with Parentkind
July 2018

We recognise the importance of engaging your parent community in development, therefore IDPE is working with Parentkind (formerly PTA UK), which aims to support, engage and champion parents in education.

This autumn, Parentkind is focusing on supporting schools to set up a parent council, which is a great way of harnessing the power of parents in your school and demonstrating to Ofsted that you are listening to parents. Find out more about their workshops.

Parents are paying £1,000 each to help a top state school maintain its standards of 'excellence'
July 2018

About half the parents of pupils at King David High School in Crumpsall have agreed to donate money to the school’s charity, when they launched a voluntary donation scheme after the school’s annual budget was said to have been slashed by about £1m over the last six years.  Read on...

Fundraising Regulator publishes its Annual Review
July 2018

The annual review provides a snapshot of the progress that the Fundraising Regulator has made in their second year of operation.  Read on...

The north-south divide in schools is real – and it’s more complex than you think
July 2018

Children in the north of England have less chance of educational success than children in the south. This is a fundamental inequality which needs to be addressed with serious investment.  Read on...

The ICO has published final version of its guidance on Children and the GDPR

July 2018

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published the final version of its guidance on Children and the GDPR. It explains what the law requires of data controllers that process children’s personal data.

Fundraising Regulator launches draft Charity Digital Code of Practice
July 2018

The draft Charity Digital Code of Practice aims to improve digital skills and increase the take up of digital activity in charities. IDPE will be responding to this consultation on behalf of members, so please share your comments with our Director of Content, Louise Bennett before the consultation closes on Tuesday 25 September.

NCVO publishes draft Code of Ethics – what do you think?
July 2018

NCVO has been developing a set of principles that can act as a ‘code of ethics’ for the charity sector and is now consulting on a draft code. IDPE will be responding to this consultation on behalf of members, so please share your comments on the code with our Director of Content, Louise Bennett before the consultation closes on Wednesday 26 SeptemberRead on...

Telephone Preference Service (TPS) assured code change
July 2018

The Code of Fundraising Practice has been updated following a consultation earlier this year to stress the need to comply with the legal requirements of the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). This applies to organisations carrying out telephone fundraising.

The Fundraising Regulator has also published a short guide to compliance with TPS to help fundraisers understand their responsibilities.

The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) received over 19,000 requests in its first year
July 2018

The FPS was launched in England on 6 July 2017 and since then has grown, with the service now available in Wales and in Northern Ireland (Scotland has its own regulator system for fundraising complaints) with over 19,000 requests to stop communications from charities.  Read on...

Charity Commission publishes latest research report into public trust and confidence in the charitable sector
July 2018

‘Transparency is not enough: Charities need to demonstrate authenticity to rebuild trust.’
Charity Commission tells charities.  Read on...

Scottish schools forced to raise fees as tax relief set to end
July 2018

It emerged last year that the Scottish Government plans to end charitable tax relief on private schools, which educate nearly 30,000 children across Scotland. As of 2020, the schools will lose the 80 per cent reduction offered to other charities. Read on...

1,000 heads to rally against sector cuts
July 2018

One thousand headteachers are set to attend a mass rally outside Parliament to demand more money for school. Read on...

Private school overseas 'franchises' are on the rise
July 2018

The number of independent schools in the UK opening up campuses abroad will grow by more than a quarter this year alone, a study by ISC Research has found. Read on...

Private schools in Scotland put up fees by 4% and sector warns of further potential rises
July 2018

Parents who send their children to private school are facing large fee increases and have been told to expect further financial pain because of plans to impose full business rates on the sector.  Read on...

Regulator warns of ‘unsatisfactory’ trust in charities as it publishes latest research
July 2018

Public trust and confidence in charities has “plateaued” at a level which is “unsatisfactory”, according to the Charity Commission’s latest research.  Read on...

Draft legislation to introduce a two-tier threshold for Gift Aid donor benefits published
July  2018

The Government has announced planned changes to the Gift Aid donor benefit rules for larger donations, where charities can offer an additional benefit to donors, up to 5% of the amount of a donation that exceeds £100.  Read on...

Estimated school budget cuts double to 8%
July 2018

According to a new analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, school funding has been cut by 8 per cent since to Conservatives came to power.  Read on...

Grammar schools do not boost social mobility.
July 2018

In a study of more than 600,000 pupils, no evidence was found that grammar schools boost social mobility. Read on...

Grammar schools facing funding crisis
July 2018

Grammar schools are cutting teachers, taking out loans and axing A‑level subjects as they try to balance their books.  Read on...

How bursaries can make a difference
July 2018

Co-educational day and boarding school Epsom College, Surrey share their experience of providing transformative experiences for boys and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds through a fully-funded boarding place.  Read on...

Complaints to Fundraising Regulator up by 20% this year
July 2018

Whilst some of these complaints were not in their remit and referred to other regulators such as the Charity Commission and Information Commissioner’s Office, of the relevant complaints, the Fundraising Regulator has issued 55 decisions in the last year and in 81% of these cases have identified a breach of the Code of Fundraising Practice.  Read on...

One in five grammar schools prepare expansion bids in wake of £50m funding, analysis finds
July 2018

At least 35 selective schools are considering a share of the expansion funding announced by the government to help create thousands of new places. Read on...

Preparing charity accounts: 6 important considerations
June 2018

What do a good set of accounts look like? What development information should you be including in your accounts? Read on...

Independent schools should focus on widening access through bursary programmes
June 2018

Independent schools, once widely accessible, have become the preserve of the wealthy, says head of Wellington College. Read on…

Headteachers from Eton College and Harrow School to attend a summit in Downing Street
June 2018

Leaders of some of the country’s leading private schools will attend a summit at Downing Street to discuss how they can share more resources with state schools. Read on...

Charities should agree collective pledge to protect core costs
June 2018

Charities should avoid a “race to the bottom” on core costs by making a collective agreement to not aggressively cut them. A new report, To the Core draws on behavioural science to understand how donors and funders’ psychology may be steering them away from funding charities in the most sustainable way. Read on...

BBC 1 broadcasts series on charity fraud
June 2018

Five 45-minute episode focuses on different cases where scammers have exploited the public in the name of charity and the impact they have had on people connected to the case. Read on...

House of Lords debate on social mobility
June 2018

In a debate in the House of Lords, discussion focused on grammar schools and their impact on social mobility. The debate moved towards selective schooling and the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils. Lord Lexden, ISA president, noted the Government’s recent joint understanding with the ISC which highlighted the bursary support provided by schools, targeted towards families on the lowest incomes as well as looked after children.  Read on...

Higher tax rates
June 2018

Higher taxes for independent schools in Scotland could soon be introduced under plans to overhaul Scottish business taxes that have been published for consultation.  Read on...

Private schools shun ‘toughest ever’ GCSEs amid fears pupils are ‘guinea pigs’ for new system
June 2018

Shaun Fenton, the head of Britain’s largest independent schools body, the HMC, has defended the country’s leading independent schools after reports that they have refused to allow their pupils to sit this summer’s new tougher GCSEs, even though state school schools have been forced to take them.  Read on...

Many schools are still struggling to understand what GDPR means for them
June 2018

There are lots of grey areas and schools are looking for clearer guidelines on new data protection rules – if your school is still unclear on GDPR, visit our members’ resource area to download GDPR: A Practical Guide for Schools  which we have produced in partnership with ISBA.  Read on...

BT fined £77,000 by the ICO for sending five million spam e-mails
June 2018

The 4.9 million emails were sent between December 2015 and November 2016 promoting three charity initiatives: the BT ‘My Donate’ platform, Giving Tuesday and Stand up to Cancer.  Read on...

BSA announces ground-breaking partnership with AEGIS
June 2018

The Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) and the Association for the Education and Guardianship for International Students (AEGIS) are to work together formally to ensure greater awareness of good practice in guardianship within schools, and accreditation of organisations providing guardianship services.  Read on....

There’s a reason why grammar schools survive
June 2018

Educational consultant and author, Joe Nutt shares his thoughts on grammar schools following an event held at Rugby School, attended by almost 500 teachers from state, independent and grammar schools.  Read on...

Allow for electronic donations or fall behind, charities warned
June 2018

Debit card payments in general became more common than cash payments last year - charities should sit up and pay attention.  Read on...

The Fundraising Regulator has published two further anonymised case studies following complaints
May 2018

In the two latest case studies, the Fundraising Regulator upheld a complaint about ticket prices for an “in aid of” event and upheld a complaint that a charity failed to suppress a request made through the Fundraising Preference Service.  Read on...

Charity Commission has released new Trustee Welcome Pack
May 2018

The Commission has launched a new trustee welcome pack. The welcome pack has been through a testing stage, but the Commission will still be asking for feedback. It will be emailed out to all new trustees by the Commission and is published on the Commission’s website so that existing trustees can use it.  Read on...

Doubling in boarding school bursaries for disadvantaged pupils
May 2018

Charity reveals plans for 1,000 disadvantaged pupils to attend private and state boarding schools for free by 2024.  Read on...

Impact of schools funding crisis is set to deepen
May 2018

The impact of the school funding crisis on the level of individual support that schools are able to offer their students is set to worsen over the next 12 months, according to a survey by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL).  Read on...

Independent schools abandoning charitable status

May 2018

The Independent Schools Council reported in its annual census that only 75 per cent of schools have charitable status, and its figures show this percentage has been falling gradually but steadily for a decade. The figure is down from 83 per cent, which is roughly where it stood for several decades. Read on...

New executive director of HMC

May 2018

Mike Buchanan, head of Ashford School and chair of HMC 2016-17, will be the association’s new executive director. Read on...

Fundraising Regulator publishes new guidance on handling complaints

May 2018

The Fundraising Regulator has published guidance for charities and third party fundraising organisations, coinciding with a new change to the Code of Fundraising Practice following a consultation earlier this year. Read on...

IDPE and ISBA publish "GDPR: A Practical Guide for Schools"
May 2018
Working in association with ISBA and Farrer & Co, IDPE is delighted to announce the publication of "GDPR: A Practical Guide for Schools" which provides sector guidance on all aspects of GDPR, tailored to the specific needs of schools.  Read on...

As a key benefit of IDPE membership, IDPE's members can log in and visit www.idpe.org.uk/#gdpr to access this guide now.

ICO publishes guidance on consent
May 2018
The ICO has published its final consent guidance ahead of the 25 May GDPR deadline, which says that organisations won’t need to ‘automatically repaper or refresh’ existing old consents, but stressed it was ‘important to check your processes and records in detail to be sure existing consents meet the GDPR standard’.   Read on...

DfE drops threat to remove private school tax breaks
May 2018
The government’s Green Paper response is expected to focus on partnerships, not penalties. Read on...

Damian Hinds defends £50m grammar schools fund
May 2018
Education secretary says fund will allow grammar schools to expand, creating 3,000-4,000 places. Read on...

Education charity that paid trustee to sell property faces inquiry
May 2018
The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry, frozen the bank account and appointed interim managers to a charity which runs an independent primary school based in East London over concerns about its finances.  Read on...

Independent schools abandoning charity status
May 2018
The Independent Schools Council reported in its annual census that only 75 per cent of schools have charitable status, and its figures show this percentage has been falling gradually but steadily for a decade. The figure is down from 83 per cent, which is roughly where it stood for several decades.  Read on...

The 2018 ISC Census has been published today
April 2018
This year the Census shows there are now 1,326 ISC schools across the UK, the highest total this century. The Census, which has been conducted annually for the past 45 years, is completed by all schools in ISC membership. It is an important resource for the independent education sector, as well as for government, policymakers and opinion formers. Read on...

Survey of school leaders reveals ‘incredible doom’ of declining budgets
April 2018
In a recent poll of school leaders in the state sector, almost half (46 per cent) predicted that their school’s finances would decline a lot and another 29 per cent predicted it would decline a little. Read on...

FPS suppression request upheld by the Fundraising Regulator
April 2018
The Fundraising Regulator has upheld a complaint from a member of the public after a charity they had suppressed on the FPS continued contacting them months later, and because the charity had no process in place to monitor if FPS requests were being actionned appropriately. Read on...

Free risk management guide for charities published
April 2018
The Institute of Risk Management (IRM) has published a free guide for charities to help improve their risk management structures, from volunteers to the leadership team and trustees. 

Charity Commission steps up safeguarding scrutiny at private schools
April 2018
The Charity Commission has played down rumours it is taking a stronger stance on safeguarding at private schools, however it has opened more investigations in the past four months than in the last two years combined. Read on...

MPs launch inquiry into school funding
April 2018
The inquiry will examine whether its time to have a 10-year funding plan for our schools, and what resources are needed to put this plan into action. Read on...

How can independent schools help raise standards for all?
April 2018
ISC Chairman, Barnaby Lenon says ‘Independent schools have much to offer the state sector, and stand ready to help.’  Read on...

Guidance on consent published
April 2018
We are currently working in partnership with ISBA to develop our own practical guide to GDPR tailored to the specific needs of schools. The Article 29 Working Party has now published its guidance on consent and we will be reviewing this and referring to it within our guide. Our guide will be available shortly and will be a live document, that evolves as we receive further guidance on GDPR and in response to member feedback and questions.

Over a quarter of charity donors now ‘preparing to leave a legacy’
April 2018
New figures from Remember a Charity show that 27 per cent of people who donate money to charity are now prepared to leave a charitable legacy or have already done so. Read on...

Our real-term funding has been cut to the point where we cannot function effectively anymore
April 2018
One high-profile school business manager writes a letter in Tes on behalf of her profession to teaching colleagues everywhere. Read on...

New data protection charging structure
April 2018
While the advent of GDPR means that controllers will no longer be required to register the purposes for which they use personal data with the ICO, the requirement to pay an annual fee to the ICO has not been abolished. Schools with charitable status are only liable to pay the tier 1 fee regardless of their size or turnover. Read on …

State and independent school partnerships must be more than joint concerts and swimming galas
April 2018
We have the largest concentration of world-class schools, so let's start getting more value from them and improving the education for all our children. Read on...

Scotland’s independent schools could lose £35m after Brexit
April 2018
The Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) has warned the country stands to lose up to £35m annually if Brexit results in restrictions to freedom of movement from European countries. Read on...

AMDIS change name to AMCIS
March 2018
AMDIS has officially changed their name to AMCIS.  AMCIS aims to be the leading Association for Admissions, Marketing and Communications within the Independent Sector.  www.amdis.co.uk

Charity Commission produces free guide to help charities tackle fraud
March 2018
The Charity Commission and the Fraud Advisory Panel have published free guidance for trustees and senior managers of charities to help them tackle fraud and includes guidance on tackling cybercrime, how to prevent common frauds, detecting fraud and responding to fraud.  Read on...

ICO releases GDPR legitimate interest guidance
March 2018
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new guidance explaining how an organisation can use legitimate interest as the basis for processing data. Read on...

Tick the Gift Aid box on donations so charities don't miss out on £600m extra funding
March 2018
People giving to charity are being encouraged by the government to declare Gift Aid on their donations, and boost the money that reaches their charity of choice at no extra cost. Read on...

Fundraising Regulator announces new Chief Executive
March 2018
The Fundraising Regulator has announced that Gerald Oppenheim will replace Stephen Dunmore as its new chief executive in the summer. Read on...

ASCL Conference: Eight things we learned about funding, workload and accountability
March 2018
Damian Hinds conceded that schools faced funding difficulties, at the recent annual conference of the Association of School and College Leaders. Read on...

Bursaries at independent schools
March 2018
Barnaby Lenon, Chairman of ISC, explores what parents need to know about bursaries, why schools offer them and what to do if your school is not receiving as many bursary applicants as hoped. Read on...

ICO releases legitimate interest guidance with fundraising example
March 2018
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new guidance explaining how an organisation can use legitimate interest as the basis for processing data. Read on...

NCVO’s charity tax commission launches consultation
March 2018
Charities, donors, academics, think tanks, representative bodies, accountants, philanthropy and financial advisers and tax professionals have until 6 July to respond, during which time the commission will also be holding a series of public evidence-gathering meetings across the UK.   The commission will review all taxes and tax reliefs that charities and donors are subject to including business rates relief, social investment tax relief, Gift Aid, VAT exemption and inheritance tax relief.   Read on... 

If you have any comments on the consultation, please forward these to IDPE’s Director of Content, Louise Bennett before Friday 15 June 2018.

Schools need more money or they’ll have to start cutting jobs
March 2018
Schools are increasingly forced to live beyond the meagre means the government gives them, a situation that can’t last according to the EPI’s Jon Andrews.  Read on...

One in three headteachers cut back on staff due to school funding pressures, survey says
March 2018
Almost two in three (65 per cent) school leaders strongly feel that cuts have negatively affected school performance, a report from the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) found. Read on...

Institute of Fundraising and the Fundraising Regulator publish joint guidance on GDPR
March 2018
The guidance is based on the questions that charities have asked and provides clear and practical answers. It gives an overview of GDPR for charities and fundraisers, looks at different fundraising methods, and identifies ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. The material signposts to more detailed guidance from key sources to fully equip fundraisers ahead of 25th May 2018. Read on ….

IDPE are working in partnership with ISBA to develop a comprehensive GDPR guide for schools. Please log in and visit our member resource page on GDPR for more information and for our existing templates to support you with your GDPR preparation.

Only top 1% of earners can afford private school
March 2018
A recent survey by verdict.co.uk found that an annual salary of £150k is now needed to send two children to an independent school.  Read on...

Children’s guidance added to ICO’s Guide to the GDPR
March 2018
The ICO’s Guide to the GDPR has been updated to include the guide-level content from the detailed guidance on Children and the GDPR, the public consultation for which ended on February 28. 

Fundraising Regulator changes code to bring it in line with GDPR
February 2018
The Fundraising Regulator has published changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice, to bring the fundraising rules into line with new data protection laws. Read on...

Charities will be charged £40 at most by new ICO fee structure
February 2018
The ICO sets out charges for charities as part of a new funding model. Read on…

Charity Commission issues new draft guidance on charities connected with non-charitable organisations
February 2018
The Charity Commission has published draft guidance setting out how charities should handle relationships with connected entities such as funders, public bodies and trading subsidiaries – this includes charities connected to schools. The Charity Commission is currently consulting on this draft guidance, which it hopes will help trustees understand the risks and challenges that such relationships can bring. IDPE will be responding to this consultation on behalf of our members and would welcome your feedback – please contact Louise Bennett before the 30 April with your comments. Read on...

Scottish regulator publishes fundraising guidance for trustees
February 2018
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has published guidance that sets out the rules that a charity must follow when carrying out their fundraising activities. Read on...

‘Significant increase in costs will be loaded on to school budgets’
February 2018
Dr Michael Carslaw, Headmaster at Leonards Schools, St Andrews, reflects on the news that the Scottish Government intends to remove mandatory non-domestic rates relief for exclusively, independent mainstream charitable schools. Read on...

The Charity Commission has made an announcement about a “suite of steps on safeguarding”
February 2018
The need to strengthen and assure safeguarding is not limited to charities working internationally. The Charity Commission has announced a second summit for charities and umbrella bodies working in the UK, to be co-chaired by the Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch MP. Read on...

Fundraising Regulator and the Institute of Fundraising are working together to publish new “bite size” GDPR guidance for fundraisers in 6 easy to understand parts.
February 2018
The guidance will be based on the questions that charities have asked and the importance of giving clear and practical answers. It gives a brief overview of GDPR for charities and for fundraisers, looks at different fundraising methods (community, corporate, trusts and legacy fundraising) and identifies ways in which personal data is likely to be used in each case. Read on...

Fundraising Regulator makes changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice to take into account new data protection laws
February 2018
The changes are published alongside a summary of consultation responses received, including IDPE’s, between October and December 2017. The new Code rules will come into effect from 25 May 2018 at the same time that the new General Data Protection Regulation is incorporated into UK law. Read on...

May warns universities over high cost of tuition fees
February 2018
PM’s proposal to cut charges for courses including humanities is branded unworkable by critics. Read on...

National scheme pairs state and independent schools to boost social mobility
February 2018
The ‘Counterpoint’ initiative, set up between the Achievement for All charity and the City of London Freemen’s School, aims to link 20 independent schools with state schools and businesses in small hubs across the country, to share best practice and improve pupils’ social mobility during a two-year pilot. Read on...

GDPR - when will we receive definitive guidance?
February 2018
IDPE continues to work with the ICO to ensure we can keep our members informed on GDPR progress – read on to get the latest information from the ICO on GDPR guidance. Read on...

Two tier charity warning over private schools’ rates relief cut
February 2018
Plans to strip private schools of tax breaks risks making them ‘second class charities’, ministers have been warned. Read on…

Charities invited to take part in Amazon's online giving scheme
February 2018
AmazonSmile, launched in the UK last year, and the online retail giant is now inviting more organisations to get involved from 1 March. Read on...

Fundraising Preference Service
January 2018
A Welsh-language version of the Fundraising Preference Service has been launched. Read on…

Fundraising Regulator launches further consultation on Code of Fundraising Practice
February 2017
The Fundraising Regulator has launched a new consultation that aims to improve standards in relation to online fundraising platforms, complaints handling and the TPS Assured Certification within the Code of Fundraising Practice.

If you would like to contribute to IDPE’s consultation response, please contact  Louise Bennett with your feedback.

Updated guidance from the charity commission on protecting your organisation from fraud
January 2018
School governors, like charity trustees, have a duty to protect their school’s assets. The Charity Commission has recently updated its specific guidance on how to Protect your charity from fraud.

Prince William calls for a ‘big shift’ in how charities collaborate
January 2018
Speaking at the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting, Prince William said the sector needs to embrace change: ‘Instead of setting up more individual charities working in the same fields, I wonder if we could do more to explore ways of combining forces, working and innovating together?’ Read on…

Education is not enough to improve social mobility, former commissioners warn
January 2018
Four ex-members of the government's Social Mobility Commission plan to set up a social mobility institute to make 'practical change'. Read on…

Read SCIS response to recent poll that suggests private schools in Scotland ‘should lose charity status’
January 2018
According a recent poll, the majority of Scots want private schools to be stripped of their charitable status. John Edward, director of the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS) presents their response to the article and poll in the Times. Read on…

What are the top 10 challenges faced by independent schools?
January 2018
Ian Wakeling, Partner at Bidwells, predicts the top ten key challenges faced by independent schools in 2018, including rising running costs and affordability and generating further funds.  Read on…

Thousands of staff affected by data breach at Age UK
January 2018
Age UK has confirmed that thousands of current and past staff are affected by two data breaches which occurred at the end of last year, meaning it is likely to cost the charity tens of thousands of pounds. Read on…

Government gives Charity Commission extra £5m a year funding
January 2018
The government has announced that as an interim measure, it will give the Charity Commission a 25% boost to its annual income to help it respond to increasing demand on its core functions. Following today’s announcement the Commission said it expects to consult on proposals to raise £7.5m per year from contributions from the 2,000 largest charities, which all have incomes of over £5m. Read on…

New rules on the disqualification of charity trustees and senior managers
January 2018
The Charity Commission has announced that the remaining provisions of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 around automatic disqualification as a trustee or senior manager, will be coming into force on 1 August. Read on to find out how your school can prepare for these changes …

How might the education sector embrace crowdfunding

January 2018  Schools have held fundraising events for years but the latest internet technologies allow schools to raise funds in more innovative and efficient ways. Read on…

ICO publishes GDPR guide for charities

January 2018  ‘You won’t need consent for postal marketing but you will need consent for some calls and for texts and emails … If you don’t need consent under PECR you can rely on legitimate interests for marketing activities if you can show how you use people’s data is proportionate, has a minimal privacy impact, and people would not be surprised or likely to object.’ The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a set of frequently asked questions about GDPR. Read on…

Charity Commission makes changes to annual return

January 2018  The Charity Commission has made a number of amendments to the content of the annual return for 2018, with charities on average having to answer fewer questions. Read on…

Government clarifies effect of income tax changes in Scotland on Gift Aid

January 2018 Changes to income tax in Scotland will mean more people can claim back tax on donations to charities, but charities should claim as normal, HM Revenue & Customs has clarified. Read on…

Damian Hinds appointed education secretary

January 2018  Damian Hinds has replaced Justine Greening as the new education secretary. Read on...

Poorest families fear children will not ‘fit in’ to private schools

December 2017 Incoming Girls’ School Association president, Gwen Byrom says that there is a concern among the most disadvantaged families that their children would be ‘out of their depth’ in a private school so are put off applying for bursary places. Read on…

'Private schools want to do more to boost social mobility' by Shaun Fenton, Headmaster at Reigate Grammar School
December 2017  "Last year, working alongside other HMC and ISC schools, we made a proposal to ministers: we would provide 10,000 school places to children from disadvantaged homes at no additional cost to the taxpayer compared to finding those children places in existing state schools. The places would be part-funded by state funding allocated to that child (circa £5,500), with the remainder being made up by the schools themselves through their other fee income or alumni fundraising.  That offer is still on the table but so far, the Social Mobility Commission has, in effect, kicked the opportunity to make more of a difference into the long grass..." Read the article...

Warning: the latest target for fraudsters are private school parents 
December 2017 Parents with children in private schools have become the latest target of cybercriminals hoping to divert fee payments of thousands of pounds into their own accounts. Read on to find out more and warn your parents...

ISC and HMC have responded to Lord Adonis’ suggestion to tax private schools to pay state teachers 
December 2017 Lord Adonis has called for private school fees to carry a text of 25% to help fund state teachers pay in areas where recruiting is difficult. Read on..

ISC and HMC have responded to Lord Adonis’ comments in statements online.

 

   
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