The Friends’ Schools’ Council (FSC) is a group established to support Quakers in education. We believe that education is far too important to be left entirely in the hands of the state and want to offer our unique and enriching education to young people.
The Quaker experience in areas such as social reform, internationalism, peace-building, and environmental responsibility have increasing resonance in the world today, and in a young person’s education. We make sure that our students learn more than just the National Curriculum and become socially responsible, globally minded young adults with the skills they need to help make positive changes in the world.
The primary purpose of the Friends’ Schools’ Council is to promote and develop Quaker education throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland through the work of the Executive Committee.
Friends’ Schools’ Council Membership
Two levels of membership exist, full and associate, to the Friends’ Schools’ Council. Membership includes the Quaker schools in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as other education institutions established on a Quaker foundation.
Full membership is open to Quaker schools and educational institutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Associate Membership is open to other groups and individuals, including Friends in Education and others in education roles who have an empathy with Quakerism.
Constitution and Goals
Created by constitution, full members of FSC meet annually to agree the activities and priorities of the Council. An Executive Committee built up of full members of the Friends’ Schools’ Council meet three times a year to progress the Council’s strategic plan.
The long term strategic purpose of the FSC is, among other things, to strengthen the network of support across Friends Schools and to help Friends Schools maintain their Quaker identity and ethos.
The FSC also arranges an annual conference and other events and activities to support its membership. This can include, but is not exclusive to schools, other educational institutions, education groups based on Quaker principles, and Friends working in education.