Programme and speakers

IDPE’s vision is to enable all schools to develop cultures of community engagement and philanthropic support, so that they can provide the best educational experience for young people. In the current period of political and economic uncertainty, it is more important than ever for schools to explore alternative ways of generating income.


The IDPE 2020 Annual Conference aims to provide you with the expertise and confidence to thrive during times of change and play an active part in leading change at your school.


‘The programme was packed with challenging content delivered by the best in their fields.’


The 2020 programme

  • Over 35 sessions across five streams delivered by experienced speakers from across the education and charitable sectors, will provide you with practical tips, insights into current trends and best practice.
  • After a successful first year, the personal effectiveness stream returns to the conference to help you take a step back and focus on your personal wellbeing and develop your professional skills.
  • For 2020 there will be increased opportunities for small group discussions and networking with a session dedicated to facilitated roundtables.
  • Product showcases will give you the opportunity to see first-hand how products and services tailored to the schools’ development sector can support your development programme.
  • The one-on-one fundraising clinics will give you an opportunity to discuss your specific questions or challenges with an expert from the development sector.

Although we aim for as little movement as possible, please note that the day and time of sessions is subject to change.

Find out more about our different streams





Leading change

We all have a role to play in leading change. At a time of increasing political instability, this year’s conference will focus on how as individuals, we can learn to positively embrace change; how as development teams, we can embed a cultural change in our schools and engage our communities in philanthropic giving; and how as a sector, we can adapt to and influence the changing landscape, to continue to provide the best educational opportunities for our young people.

Programme overview

Monday 8 June 2020: Day one

09:30-10:30 | Registration and networking for first-time delegates

10:30-11:30 | Opening and keynote address

11:40-12:40 | Session 1

12:40-13:40 | Lunch with sponsors and exhibitors

13:00-13:40 | Lunchtime workshops and clinics

13:45-14:35 | Session 2

14:45-15:35 | Session 3

15:35-16:15 | Afternoon tea with sponsors and exhibitors

16:25-17:15 | Session 4

17:25-17:45 | IDPE 2020 Annual General Meeting

17:45-19:15 | Free time

19:15-19:45 | IDPE 2020 Development Awards Drinks Reception

19:45-22:30 | IDPE 2020 Development Awards Dinner

Tuesday 9 June 2020: Day two

08:30-09:30 | Registration

09:30-10:15 | Session 1

10:25-11:10 | Morning plenary

11:10-11:55 | Mid-morning coffee with sponsors and exhibitors

12:00-13:00 | Session 2

13:00-14:00 | Lunch with sponsors and exhibitors

13:10-13:50 | Lunchtime workshops and clinics

14:00-15:00 | Session 3

15:10-15:45 | Roundtable session