Funding for Academies and Schools

Exploring external and non-statutory sources of funding

The workshop also provides the opportunity to review academisation and its impact on external and non-statutory sources of funding for education, schools and children & young people’s projects.

Academies have new legal structures; how does this impact on external funding? What are the funding opportunities? and what are the challenges?. This workshop examines these issues and shows you how to access external funding whatever your current legal structure.

The government is keen for all schools to convert to Academies by 2022 and expects schools to have plans in place to achieve this by 2020. Due to these structural changes, the advent of free schools, academies, the pupil premium and potential funding changes to schools it is now clear that education organisations, schools and CYP projects will need to seek funding through a diverse range of options and develop new fundraising strategies.

The workshop reviews the new academy roles and structures including, single converters, Multi Academy Trusts (MAT’s), Umbrella Trust’s and Collaborative Partnerships and look at the opportunities for accessing external funding through these models.

It examines how schools, education organisations and CYP projects can utilise PTA’s, Friends of Schools groups, social enterprises, registered charities and other non- profit making structures to access funding from a range of diverse sources. We also look at how Multi Academy Trusts (MAT’s) access external funding and how other schools and education organisations can learn from this

For Whom
School managers, Bursars and Head Teachers. School governors, local authorities. Managers and Bursars of Academies and Free Schools. Education professionals and researchers.

Aims & Objectives
By attending this workshop participants will:

  • Learn more about Academy structures and opportunities to access new funding sources
  • learn how to access external funding even if your school is still in the LEA family
  • Be more informed about education funding opportunities
  • Be able to identify potential sources of funding
  • Be able to develop a funding strategy
  • Be able to identify grant, lottery and other funding opportunities
  • Understand better how to access to a range of valuable funding resources

This workshop draws on the experience and knowledge of education funding and non – profit making structure experts in this field. Key content includes:

  • Funding implications for Education, Schools and Children & Young Peoples Projects
  • Main policy drivers and implications of Academisation
  • Review of the main types of Academy models, including,
    • MAT’s
    • Single converters,
    • Umbrella Trusts
    • Collaborative Partnerships
  • New funding opportunities arising from new policy initiatives and other government initiatives
  • How proposed outcome related funding changes affect education and CYP projects
  • Potential partnership, commissioning/procurement and schools cluster opportunities
  • PTA’s, Friends of Schools Groups, charities and other non- profit making structures
  • Academies and free schools – how can they raise funds
  • Other funding streams, including:
    • Charitable Trusts
    • Lottery
    • European Funding streams that will still be accessible
  • Development of strategies for accessing funding for schools that wish to remain within the LEA family or public sector- review of options
  • Further sources of information, advice and guidance