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 proposed policy changes relating to charitable status, and the future of student recruitment following Brexit.

With policymakers considering new requirements for independent schools to maintain their charitable status, delegates will discuss the impact and practicalities for independent schools of proposed options such as setting up new free schools, sponsoring academies, and providing greater access to facilities.

Further sessions will discuss ways to ensure British independent schools remain an attractive option for prospective European students as well as measures to mitigate the potential risks surrounding international student numbers - and priorities for policy in the new Parliament on issues such as caps on migration affecting student numbers and questions over the distinction between EU and Non-EU students.

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