No . See answer below from a tax expert on this very topic !
When does VAT fall due on a transaction?
For a supply of education, the point at which VAT falls due will usually be the date that the school fees are paid. This is because the supplies are continuous in nature throughout the period of schooling and as the supply is currently VAT exempt - no ‘VAT invoice’ is raised.
How can this rule assist independent schools?
As a result of the above, the rate of VAT applicable is the rate in place at the time that the payment has been made. So, if a parent was to pay £100,000 today for five years’ school fees (or before any formal announcement that VAT is being applied to school fees), that £100,000 would be treated as VAT exempt.
If the government changed the VAT liability applicable to school fees it could only do so from a future date and, the £100,000 would therefore be protected from any VAT charge. However, any payments made after the announcement could be subject to VAT, as HMRC would usually introduce ‘anti-forestalling’ legislation to prevent pre-payment VAT planning.