AGM 19th May 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the British and Foreign Schools Society will be held in the MacMillan Room at Portcullis House, Westminster, London  SW1A 2JR on Friday 19th May. There will be a buffet lunch from 12.45pm, and the meeting will start at 1.30pm.

Members may submit resolutions to the meeting, provided that they  are submitted by 21st April 2017 seconded by five or more members. The agenda for the meeting will be published by 2nd May.

A location map is available here for Portcullis House. We understand that getting through security can take up to 45 minutes at busy periods, so please leave plenty of time. Details of security arrangements can be found on the Parliament website.

Further details including the convening notice will be published on this page when available.


Grants Workshop 2016

As one of our members remarked at this years BFSS Grants Workshop, the event is well on the way to becoming a ‘new tradition’. Each year we get enthusiastic feedback about the new ideas they’ve picked up and the value the workshop has given. We are passionate at BFSS about helping build the capacity of the sector, and our grant recipients all say how rare it is to be able to get together with their peers, to share best practice and ideas. For BFSS, it is an invaluable chance to work with charities to improve the effectiveness of the grants we make; that’s why this year’s focus was ‘Maximising Potential for Success’.

TP1000851his was our Fourth BFSS Grants Workshop.  It was attended by  43 Grant Recipients, as well as Trustees and Members of the Society.  BFSS Vice-President, Professor John Furlong, former Director of the Oxford University Department of Education chaired, and presentations were made by Council Member, Professor Joy Palmer Cooper on her analysis of “BFSS Grants Awarded and their Impact” {link to paper] which led to lively discussions.  Chair of the Grants Committee, Peter Miller, also gave a presentation on the BFSS Perspective which was followed by an update on grants and a Q&A session.

The workshop was split into a number of sessions to allow participants to focus on the most challenging and pressing themes. You can read about the conclusions the groups reached, in the full report, Report on 2016 Workshop. Of particular interest were the discussions on Evaluation, and on Managing Unforeseen and Other Potential Hazards – which openly .discussed the good, the bad, and even the ugly. One of the features this year was the regional networking cluster groups, allowing participants to share very specific, regional experiences, and have the opportunity to make connections for future projects.  Maybe the most positive feedback we received was how much participants look forward to the next Workshop.

Changes at the BFSS

Our Director Dominic O’Reilly has left the Society. We have been joined on an interim basis by David Crowther as acting director who will provide a range of services to support the work of the Society. David has wide experience of educational assessment and qualifications particularly in South East Asia, China and the Middle East and across all sectors of education.

Please address all general and membership enquiries to Belinda Lawrance

Grants correspondence should be sent to