Our new Prime Minister is right when he says that “my job is to make sure your kids get a superb education wherever they are in the country”. The government has announced a spending review to “support” Boris Johnson’s ambition for extra funding for schools – but it will not give schools any extra money before September 2020. For Williamson, who is in the early days of his new role, this is a political sandstorm.
So where does it leave us? With no ‘quick fix’ immediately on the horizon, schools have to take action themselves. That is why more and more schools – in the state and independent sectors – are turning to parent donations to help. In a recent Worth Less? survey of 2,000 serving headteachers, two-thirds confirmed that they are becoming more reliant on such donations and, whilst this should not detract from the issue of government funding schools appropriately, this is something we cannot ignore.
Fundraising is not new to schools but there is an opportunity to do things differently. Dawn Adam, Director of Development and External Relations at Tring Park School, outlined how FundStar is helping her to take an innovative approach to raising money: “FundStar has opened a line of communication with some parents who have previously avoided development emails as they do not feel they can give sufficiently. It allows us to put the power in the hands of the donor, to ultimately make them feel in control.”
The FundStar team
12th August 2019