Booking now open for the IDPE 2020 Annual Conference!
    Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 June 2020, Hilton Birmingham Metropole


    IDPE aims to enable all schools, from the state and independent sectors, to develop cultures of giving, so that they can provide the best educational experience for young people.
    IDPE educates schools to engage their communities in philanthropic giving, to fund free places for disadvantaged children and provide better learning environments and resources for young people.
    We support schools through providing training and resources, benchmarking performance and championing best practice in schools’ fundraising and engagement.

    What is schools' development?

    Professional fundraising, often known as 'schools’ development' is the process by which schools seek to engage with their alumni, parents and other stakeholders to generate support and income toward a school’s strategic objectives. Development is growing, with the money raised by schools increasing from £100 million to £157 million in the last decade. Philanthropic giving helps to fund a wide range of projects from bursaries to new buildings.  

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

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

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

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


    IDPE’s charitable purpose is to enable all schools to develop cultures of giving so that they can provide the best educational experience for your young people. IDPE educates and trains schools to engage their communities in philanthropic giving to fund free places for disadvantaged children and provide better learning environments and resources for our young people.

    IDPE member benefits

    IDPE 2019
    2019 was another fantastic year for the IDPE community, with  389 schools in the IDPE community and over 500 delegates joining us for the IDPE 2019 Annual Conference

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    IDPE 2020 Professional Development Programme: 
    We have an exciting new programme of webinars, seminars, and conferences coming up in 2020. Look out for details coming soon.

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    Regional Meetings...
    Read minutes from previous meetings / find your next meeting  / grow your local network / make valuable contacts within the fundraising and alumni sector.  

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  • IDPE featured job of the week 

    Advertise your job vacancy here as the IDPE featured job of the week...

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    Transforming young lives: Fundraising for bursaries

    Announcing the publication of Transforming young lives: Fundraising for bursaries, by John Claughton, former chief master of King Edward's School, Birmingham.

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    An up to date analysis of articles and alerts from across the Schools' sector that are relevant and important to our members.

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