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What are we teaching the children? Education Conference.






When:       Saturday, March 25
Time:        10.00am – 5.00pm
Where:      The Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, London SW1P 3DW
Cost:           Earlybird Single ticket, booking till 6 February                   £25
                   Thereafter, Single ticket                                                          £35
                   Students and non –waged                                                      £15
                   Double Discount                                                                      £50 

Special offer for organisations, schools and churches:
buy ONE ticket and get two more accompanying persons FREE
Of Particular Interest to: 
Head teachers, Teachers, School Governors, Educationalists, Academics, Church leaders.  And of course parents.

Come to Voice for Justice UK’s important conference examining the ideological reframing of education, and find out why you should be worried.  Get the tools you need to help shape future policy and safeguard the nation’s young.

Topics covered will include:

  • What is education? 
  • What, how and why do we teach our young?
  • How has education evolved in different societies, and what are the implications for us today?
  • What is the role of the family in education?
  • How does current education policy fit with the basic human rights of freedom of conscience, belief, and speech?
  • How is education being subjected to ideological pressure?
  • Detailed analysis of the impact of SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) and so-called ‘inclusivity’ on children and young people.
  • CHIPS – education or indoctrination?
  • Should daily worship in schools be mandatory, optional … or abolished?

For more information and to register go to


Christians in Government Event.

Termly Christians in Government Event Mon 16 January, 5:30 – 8:30pm Emmanuel Centre, Westminster. You are warmly invited to CIG’s termly event for Christians passionate to seek God’s will and heart for our government, civil service, and nation. Kris Vallotton from Bethel Church will be joining us once again to give the keynote address and we will be partnering with Catch the Fire for an evening of worship and prayer to bless and encourage all who work for our government. This meeting will be hosted by Christians from the Department for Education. We invite any teachers, education experts as well as those with a heart for government to join us in prayer for education in our nation. Please invite your friends and colleagues. We are looking forward to an amazing and inspiring evening! Come at 5:30 to make new friends, with the main meeting starting at 6:30pm. Please share the invitation and sign up below!

Conference exploring increasing confusion about sexuality at home, in schools and in society.

In partnership with the World Congress of Families and International Children's Rights Institute, Christian Concern is hosting The ‘New Normal’ Conference on Saturday, 12 November, Emmanuel Centre, London. It will equip delegates to engage with the increasing confusion about sexuality and gender at home, in schools and in society. 

What would you do if your daughter came home one day to tell you she is a boy or your son decides he’s gay? What about Stonewall’s claims to make schools ‘safe’ for all? These and other issues will be addressed and positive and pastoral responses explored.     

See for more. 

Faith in Education Thursday 14th July.

Faith in Education  
At Ashburnham Place
Thursday 14th July 7.30pm - 9.30pm (6.30pm for dinner)
Faith in Education offers an opportunity for those in Education to come together to share, to be inspired, to be encouraged and to pray.
Free, or £10 inc. dinner - advance booking required for dinner
The speaker is  Angelica McMillan -  a counsellor working with schools and within education.
Telephone  01424 892244

ATL Pre-Conference Service Sunday 3rd April Liverpool.

ATL Pre-Conference Church Service St James in the City Sunday 3rd April 2016 6.30 p.m. ATL has been invited to Liverpool’s St James in the City Church for the 2016 pre-Conference Service. This service will be somewhat different from those in recent years; a little less formal and in an unusual environment. St James in the City is a vibrant inner city church, with a congregation largely comprising students and young families. Their regular Sunday meeting is at 4.00 p.m, and our ATL service will follow at 6.30 p.m, led jointly by the St James worship team and members of ATL. The service will provide the opportunity to reflect on the needs of Education and to pray specifically for the work of Conference. The original church building dates from 1775. Having been closed in the 1970s it was reopened in 2010, but with the building in a semiderelict condition a marquee was erected within the church to allow the resumption of worship. A larger marquee has recently been installed. Warning: St James has only one self composting toilet so the advice is “Go before you come”. Transport: Coaches to the Church will be provided from the Conference Centre at 6.00 pm. After the service, which will last about one hour, coaches will return to all the hotels. St James Church is located on Upper Parliament Street, near and to the south of the Anglican Cathedral. Tea, coffee, fruit juice and biscuits will be available for those arriving early or those wishing to stay for a chat after the service. A warm invitation is extended to other local Christians concerned with education, whether or not members of ATL, to join with us in this service.

St James in the City  Association of Christian Teachers

Sunday 17th January.

How to handle your position of power in the classroom
Come and learn of the radical way in which the Bible describes an omnipotent God using his power to create, build, develop, and encourage flourishing in others ;and an opportunity to think about its implications for your classroom calling.      
Ross Hendry, Chief Executive of children's charity Spurgeons.
Date: Sunday 17th January 2016
Time: 2.00-4.00 pm
Venue: The Langham Room, All Souls Church, Langham Place, London W1B 3DA (nearest tube: Oxford Circus)
Cost: Free

To book your place please send me an email:

Religion, Faith and the UK Education System.

The Policy-UK Forum:

Religion, Faith and the UK Education System

Morning, Tuesday, 1st December 2015

Central London


A year on from the DfE’s published guidance on promoting British values in schools, this forum will assess the place religion and faith have in our schools, the challenges multiculturalism poses for Headteachers and how religion can play a role in creating a cohesive society for the future.   


Sessions will look at why faith schools have their excellent reputation with parents - what they are doing right, and what can be replicated by others – as well as the alternative argument of whether their selective nature fosters division in 21st Century, multicultural Britain.  


Delegates will also examine what the exclusion of RE from the reintroduction of the EBacc will mean for a subject which is, fundamentally, at the heart of delivering the Government’s anti-extremism agenda as well as discuss the current state of religious education across all schools ahead of the changes to the RE GCSE.


Time has also been allocated for discussion of collective worship, including how to ensure academies and free schools are following Government guidance and how the teaching of “British values” fits into the whole landscape.


Key issues in short:

  • The current state of Religious Education, including changes to GCSEs and the reintroduction of the EBacc;
  • The place of faith schools in society- collective worship, selectivity and whether they are a positive for multiculturalism; and
  • British values, community cohesion and an inclusive curriculum – how use schools to create a tolerant society.


Places (including course materials and refreshments) are: £250.00 (+VAT), however, ACT members are eligible for a 40% discount with the promotional code: RACTA0. You can find further information about the event and book your place via our website here or by getting in touch with Alex Kenney via


Relationships and Sex Education Course.

Are your students from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds?

Want to know how to teach Relationships and Sex Education without causing offence to students or parents?



Faith Sensitive Relationships and Sex Education Can Help!



RE Matters in conjunction with REALationships, have created a one day training course for teachers and educators involved in pastoral care, school policy and the planning or delivery of Relationships and Sex Education in Schools.


Monday 5th October 2015 9:00 to 16:00 @
The Training Suite, Tollgate School, Barclay Road, Plaistow, E13 8SA


Course Objectives & Outcomes:

  • Consider how faith sensitive SRE (or RSE as it’s becoming more commonly known) fits into the government and OFSTED requirements for FUNDAMENTAL BRITISH VALUES, SMSC and other OFSTED criteria
  • Learn how to deliver faith sensitive RSE and what this means in practice
  • Be aware of the legal requirements for RSE policies and up to date government guidance
  • Gain resources and ideas that can be used in both primary and secondary settings


Course Leaders:

Claire Clinton currently works with schools across Newham leading professional development around RE, Collective Worship, SMSC, British Values, P4C and coaching and mentoring.  Claire as an advisory teacher has over 16 years’ experience, working in Essex, Redbridge and Newham, as well as nationally for the DfE, QCDA, TDA and RE Today services.  She is passionate about children and young people being given the tools to be able to learn from and about religious and philosophical beliefs.

She has written and produced award winning books for Harper Collins, John Murray and Christian Aid, and frequently writes for national publications on RE and collective Worship.  Recently she has worked with RE Today as a consultant on their faith sensitive relationships primary pack called Body and Soul.



Jo Sell has been a specialist teacher of Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for 8 years, building on her 25 years teaching experience delivering mostly life skills and PSHE. She also lectures at the IOE and has recently delivered a paper: Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in multi-cultural, multi-religious settings: the struggle for human rights, at the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship conference. Presently, she is researching faith sensitive delivery of RSE with the Institute of Education (IOE) at University College London.


Additionally, she manages the ‘REALationships Education Team’ at the Alternatives Trust, East London and also the ‘Faith, Relationships and Young People’s’ website; the critically acclaimed relationship website for young people of faith.


Course costs £165 to those who subscribe to ‘RE Matters’, £199 non-subscriber cost.  Course materials and lunch are included in the price. To register, please complete the attached form and return by e-mail to or by post to the address below.  Priority will be given to Newham based teachers until September 8th.


For more information about the course, or anything else related to RSE please reply to this e-mail or call Jo Sell or Anisa Wright on 020 7476 8215

To register, please complete the attached registration form and return to or by post to REALationships, Forrest House, 63 Rowntree Clifford Close, off Liddon Road, Plaistow, London E13 8AB


Association of Christian Teachers AGM 2015.

will be held on
The Ruby Room, Premier Inn,
1 Dukes Road, Euston, London, WC1H 9PJ
(Join the trustees for lunch at 1pm AGM 2pm – 3pm)
Please book your place today by email:
tel: 07772 436 532

Christians in Library and Information Services.



An organisation 'in liaison' with the Chartered Institute of  Library and Information Professionals.    Affiliated to:  Christian Research Association;   Christians at Work;  Evangelical Alliance;  Transform Work UK;  Universities'  & Colleges' Christian Fellowship.  Web Site:


Secretary:  Graham  Hedges,  Hon. FCLIP,  MCLIP

34 Thurlestone Avenue, Ilford, Essex, IG3 9DU, England.   

 Tel. 020 8599 1310. 








The Role of the Christian Librarian in a Theologically Turbulent Age isthe title of the annual public lectureof  Christians in Library and Information Services  (formerly the Librarians’ Christian Fellowship) to be held on Saturday 17 October 2015 in the  Gallery, First Floor, Salisbury Library, Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1BL,   from 2.30.p.m..  

The guest speaker is to be Kevin Carey, Chair of the Royal National Institute for Blind People.

Kevin Carey will suggest that the twentieth century was the most theologically fruitful since the sixteenth, seeking to address a wide range of issues, both systematic and ethical.  Such diversity of approach and topic presents the librarian with a peculiar set of challenges whose resolution is vital to the non-academician seeking to broaden and deepen their Christian faith.


Kevin Carey is a Reader in the Church of England with a Masters  in Systematic Theology.  He has written three extended novels  under the title of The Third Testament for the Third Millennium, re-telling the whole of the New Testament in 21st Century terms, and has also written a critical commentary on the Book of Common Prayer Lectionary texts and an analysis of the Bible and ethics.  Kevin also writes an annual book of Christmas verses and is a former member of the General Synod.

Kevin is the Chair of the RNIB Group and an expert on information technology and has undertaken extensive work on the access by blind and partially sighted people to specialist and mainstream libraries.

           Graham Hedges, Secretary of the  Christians in Library and Information Services, says  “Kevin Carey is a distinguished figure  in various fields with an interest in disability, information technology and fiction writing and we are honoured that he has accepted our invitation to give our annual public lecture”.

Although the lecture has a particular significance for  librarians, it will also be relevant to others interested in education and in  the theological debates and controversies of our times.    Attendance is not restricted to librarians and the organisers are looking forward to welcoming a wider audience. Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance.     Further details of the lecture, and the wider work of the Christians in Library and Information Services,  can be obtained from The Secretary, Graham Hedges, 34 Thurlestone Avenue, Ilford, Essex, IG3 9DU. Telephone 020 8599 1310,  E mail  Web site


Faith in Education Thursday 12th March

Invitation to Faith In Education


Thursday 12th March 2015 -
Speaker: Richard White - Headteacher of St Paul's CE Primary School 

7:30pm at Ashburnham Place, East Sussex

Richard White is the headteacher of St Paul's CE Primary School in St Leonards with 630 children on roll. He has been teaching in East Sussex for over 25 years and a headteacher of 3 other local primary schools.
Richard is currently a trained Ofsted and Diocesan inspector and during his career has led schools out of special measures and been judged Outstanding in his leadership skills.
During his time in education he has worked for the local authority as a PE advisor and has a passion for all things sporty and water based.

Richard is a committed Christian and attends a local church where he is actively involved as a worship leader.
Faith in Education is an opportunity for us:
  • To support one another through understanding and prayer
  • To be inspired - sharing with each other exciting activities
  • To be concerned - a chance to look at issues we are facing in our work in education and how to respond.
18.30 An optional shared meal (cost £8 book in advance- any dietary requirements please
19.30 Prayer and worship
19.45 Sharing stories - an opportunity to share how God is working in you and your work place
20.00 Keynote talk by Richard White (with an opportunity for Q+A)
20.30 Break
20.45 Small group discussions
21:15 Closing prayers and finish

Eureca Conference 2015.


Conference 2015




 Support and Encouragement

in Education


  International Conference

  for Christian Educators


   Ascension Weekend,

May 14 – 17


    Proem Christian Centre

   Inowlódz Poland



"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others " 1Peter 4;1

The European Educators’ Christian Association is an international organisation for Christians in the field of education, both public and private. Its goal is to create a network of Christians all over Europe in order to promote God’s kingdom in education.
EurECA conferences are held annually. EurECA is a member organisation of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA).

Conference 2015

Mentoring is based on a relational view of pedagogy. It requires that educators as mentors be in touch with the learner and with themselves. Through presentations, reflection and small group discussions, the conference aims to increase your awareness of the process and of your own prerequisites for mentoring and being mentored. This can be applied to staff, student teachers and pupils.

Christian teachers, representatives of Christian educational organisations, and anyone interested in the conference topic.
Plenary sessions and workshops will be in English. If needed, we will offer translation into French and German. If you need translation in another language, we advise you to come with a friend who can serve as translator.

The conference will be held at the Proem Christian Ministries Center, which is attractively situated in a forest on the banks of the river Pilica.

Centrum Chrześcijańskie w Zakościelu:
Zakościele 80,  97-215 Inowłódz
Tel. +48 44 710 1140

Conference Programme

Thursday, May 14 (Ascension Day)

  15.00      Arrival and registration

18.30     Dinner

20.00     Opening Worship
  Social event – Getting to know people

Friday, May 15

8.00       Breakfast

 9.00      Morning worship

 9.30      The mentor: Role and personality

12.15     Lunch

15.00     The motivation: What drives people?

18.00     Dinner

19.30     EurECA General Assembly
Non-members are also invited but may not vote. Join us now as member through the EurECA website.


Saturday, May 16

 8.00      Breakfast

 9.00      Morning worship

 9.30      The Process: How does it work?

12.15     Lunch

14-00     Relaxation / excursions / sports

18.30     Dinner

20.00     Presentations and prayers
Participants are invited to bring short reports about their organisations or countries. Joint prayers follow.

Sunday, May 17

 8.00      Breakfast

 9.00      Worship: The Big Picture:
The mentoring context
(with sermon and Communion)       

11.00     Closing and farewells




             Our keynote speaker

Albert Hoekstra is Dutch with wide international experience. He has worked in education since 1980, as a teacher and advisor, supporting projects in Albania, Uganda, France, Switzerland, Finland and Norway. During that time he also founded two schools in Amsterdam and Arnhem and served as chairman of the School Board for 12 years. In addition, Albert served on the Board of EurECA 1998-2002 as a representative of the Netherlands. In 1999 he became a partner of „xpand“ - an international organization focussing on personal and leadership development. He loves to help others discover and develop their calling; improve understanding; and develop team communication and cooperation.   


The Proem Christian Center  is located 1 hour southwest of Frederic Chopin airport, Warsaw. We will offer a bus service (10 €) from the airport to the venue for convenient access. If you come by train, there is a direct bus to the airport. Please try to arrive before 17.00. Details will be sent to participants once we know more about arrival times.



Conference Costs

The total cost (including accommodation, meals, and conference fees) will be £130(double)/ £145(single) per person. EurECA members can get a discount of £10. There will be an additional charge for some of the optional excursions.


Conference Registration

Please register online at
The earlier you register, the easier you make it for us to organize, and the more likely you will find a convenient flight. If you need a visa, you must start the process as soon as possible!
Registration deadline is April 19.

If you pay in advance, we appreciate it:

EurECA,  D-79396 Kandern

IBAN: DE 92 6601 0075 0326 6457 53

BIC: PBNKDEFF (Postbank)

or in Switzerland:

EurECA, D-79396 Kandern

IBAN: CH59 0023 3233 6779 2940 D


In UK, you may also send a cheque (payable to ‘EurECA’) to
Paul Bate ( )
Burlings, Underway, Combe St Nicholas, Chard, Somerset TA20 3NS

Or you can pay direct into the EurECA UK account:

UK Bank: NatWest

Sort code: 537011

Account No. : 96579773



EurECA has a European Support Fund to help those who could not otherwise attend.  Please do not hesitate to contact us for support. We will collect all requests up to January 31, 2015 and we will let you know soon after that to what extent we can help.

If you can afford it, you are encouraged to contribute to this fund by adding something to the conference fee.



Contact Paul Bate





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