IDPE Essential Fundraising Toolkit for State Schools

Date 2020-03-11
Time 10:00 to 16:00 
LocationThe Blue Coat School, Liverpool
Church Road
L15 9EE 
Cost £80
Further information

Join us for a one-day seminar to explore how development could benefit your school and its community. This seminar will provide you with practical advice and a greater understanding of how to get started with engagement and fundraising in your school.


‘I thought it was an excellent, extremely valuable day. I came away with a whole range of practical ways to launch a development office and get people involved. The atmosphere during the day encouraged discussion, debate and the sharing of ideas. Everyone present felt comfortable to raise issues or challenges they had, or envisaged having.’

2018 Fundraising toolkit for state schools attendee

'An extremely useful day, packed with practical advice and suggestions.'
March 2019 Fundraising toolkit for state schools attendee

What to expect

In this seminar you will hear first-hand from experienced development professionals with a proven track record in engagement and professional fundraising in schools. Topics covered will include:

  • How to set up a development office and start professionally fundraising
  • What the pitfalls to avoid are when starting out in schools’ development
  • Success stories of those state schools which have already embarked on their schools’ development journey
Read the draft programme now.

Who should attend?

This seminar is for heads, bursars and governors in the state school sector who wish to find out more about schools' development and income generation through fundraising. It is also suitable for schools’ development professionals and senior leaders new to schools’ development.


Clare Atkinson, Development Director, Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Clare has over 20 years’ experience working in development across a range of organisations in both the charity and education sectors. For the last ten years she has been Development Director at Dr Challoner's Grammar School, a boys' state grammar school located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

In this time, she has set up a Development Office and firmly embedded a culture of philanthropy within the school. There is a thriving annual fund and a number of successful capital campaigns have seen a new Sixth Form Centre, improvements to laboratories and a rebuilding of the Cricket Pavilion. The school has just launched its latest capital campaign: "Perfect Pitch" which seeks to refurbish and extend the music department and replace the AstroTurf.

She has also relaunched and rebranded the schools' alumni offering; alumni now play an active role in the life of the school.

Cat Gransden, Director of Development, The Blue Coat School, Liverpool

Cat joined The Blue Coat School in 2013 as its first Director of Development to set up the School's development and alumni relations team. Now in its sixth year, the team are enjoying year on year income growth with generous support from a vibrant School community of parents, alumni, students, staff, corporate partners and charitable trusts, and friends old and new. Prior to joining Blue Coat Cat specialised in major giving, working for Cancer Research UK on a £5 million capital campaign, and engaging local people in community philanthropy at the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

Gavin McLellan, Director of Development, Jordanhill School

Gavin has over 18 years fundraising experience across a range of causes including education, international development, cancer care, arts & sports, and young people. His expertise covers capital appeals, community, corporate, fundraising strategy, working with high level boards and major donors. Currently Director of Development at Jordanhill School, Glasgow and a sole fundraiser, follow him on Twitter @Gav_McLellan


So why not join us on to start exploring the difference income generation from fundraising could make to your school and your students?

For more information, please contact the IDPE office on 01225 829030.


Booking Terms and Conditions

All cancellations must be received in writing and emailed to Cancellations received at least three weeks before the seminar date will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations received within three weeks of the seminar date. Any costs incurred from online payment will not be refunded.

Please be advised that a professional development event may be cancelled in exceptional circumstances. All delegates will be notified of any event cancellation no less than four weeks before the event date. When cancelling an event with more than four weeks notice, IDPE will not be liable for any expenses incurred by the delegate.

If you have any questions, or experience any difficulties, please call us on 01225 829030 or email


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