HMC and IDPE 2024 School Bursaries and Partnerships Conference

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Bursaries provide life-changing opportunities for young people; partnerships offer the opportunity to share resources and expertise to enhance learning opportunities between schools and the wider community. 

Yet, bursary and partnership programmes must be about more than demonstrating the social conscience of a school – they provide life-changing experiences for our young people, greater socio-economic diversity within our schools, strengthen the connections with our communities, and can be an extraordinary force for change.

When: Wednesday 31 January 2024

Where: BMA House, London

Why attend?

The HMC and IDPE 2024 School Bursaries and Partnerships Conference on Wednesday 31 January 2024 at BMA House, London, is designed to support heads, bursars, governors, directors of development, and directors of partnerships and community engagement, to establish and develop successful bursary and partnership programmes.

The cost-of-living crisis, funding gaps, potential recession, and the legacy of the COVID pandemic mean that many schools are already having to make difficult decisions about prioritisation within stretched budgets. Yet as educational leaders, we have a commitment to working together to truly address the widening gap in educational attainment between children from disadvantaged backgrounds and their peers. Through strengthening our partnerships and fulfilling our bursary missions, we can build aspiration across communities and improve the outcomes for all our young people.

Schools can contribute positively to the conversation around social change. Join us at the HMC and IDPE 2024 School Bursaries and Partnerships Conference, to find out how your school can support more young people to achieve their academic and life ambitions.


With plenary sessions discussing the big questions such as how schools can influence social mobility, to breakout sessions exploring topics that include growing non-fee income, the potential impact of VAT on bursaries, and how to measure the impact of your partnerships and bursary programmes, the conference programme includes something for everyone, no matter where your school is on your bursary and partnerships journey.