Westminster Education Forum

Key issues for independent schools: the future shape of the sector and student recruitment

Morning, Tuesday, 7th November 2017

Central London


This seminar will examine current issues and emerging challenges for independent schools in England - including policy developments, particularly relating to charitable status, and the future of student recruitment.

Delegates will discuss the impact of proposals affecting independent schools in the Education Green Paper - as well as the expected Government response - including the proposed new requirements for independent schools to maintain their charitable status through, for example:

  • Setting up new free schools;
  • Sponsoring academies;
  • Supporting teaching in minority subjects which state schools struggle to make viable;
  • Offering a proportion of school places as fully funded bursaries; or
  • By providing greater access to facilities.

Further sessions consider next steps in developing more independent and state school partnerships and promoting greater collaboration.

The agenda also looks at latest developments in student recruitment from overseas, and the likely impact of potential changes to international student policy and Britain’s exit from the EU on independent schools and their marketing.

The conference takes place with the expected launch of a Government consultation on the migration of non EEA students later this year and as the Home Affairs Committee conducts an inquiry into effective immigration policy.

Guest of Honour

Barnaby Lenon

Chairman, Independent Schools Council

Guest of Honour

Barnaby Lenon

Chairman, Independent Schools Council

Keynote Speaker

Alex Gear

Headmaster, Oakhyrst Grange School, Surrey and Vice Chairman, Independent Schools Association


Lord Lexden

Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall


Keith Budge

Chair-Elect, The Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference and Headmaster, Bedales Schools

Oliver Phillips

Senior Relationship Manager, Services for International Education Marketing, British Council

Matthew Burgess

Partner, Veale Wasbrough Vizards and former General Secretary, Independent Schools Council

Ian Davenport

Chief Executive, The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation

Mark Taylor

Executive Director, The Taylor Partnership

Tim Wilbur

Director of Schools Consultancy, Gabbitas Education