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ACT AGM and Workshop Saturday October 14th.


ACT Workshop and AGM.

Saturday October 14th 12.45pm-4.00pm

Deritend Room, St Martin in the Bullring, Edgbaston Street,


You are all invited to the ACT Workshop and AGM please book your place by emailing:

12.45 -1.15pm

Arrivals Coffee/Tea

1.15 – 1.45pm

Relationships and Sex Education

(Facts, Education or Perversion?)

1.45 – 2.30pm

Response Groups

2.30 – 3.00pm


‘The board seeks approval to reduce the minimum of Trustees to six’

(Articles of Association 28)

3.00 – 3.15pm


3.15 – 4.00pm

Education Prayer Stations


Close and depart.

Prayer Spaces Day Conference.

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Church walk in London.

Church Walk in London


Wearing another of his hats, ACT Treasurer Geoff Coggins has been busy organising the 34th Unlock London Walk.  This year’s walk is in the Battersea/Clapham area, and one of the seven checkpoint churches is Holy Trinity, Clapham Common, with links to the “Clapham Sect”, William Wilberforce and the establishment of the Bible Society.  The whole walk is about seven miles, and participants will see seven very different churches with a range of ministries to their local communities.


Walkers (about 700 of them) are invited to start anywhere and go either way round the circuit, so that the participating churches see a steady stream of visitors throughout the day.  There is a (voluntary) quiz for walkers which focusses their attention on the history and communities of the areas they are passing through.


Unlock is a small Christian organisation which provides training and resources to churches and other groups to help them be more effective in ministering to their communities.  Recently a partnership with the Bible Society has been developed.  Nearly half of Unlock’s annual budget of £60,000 is raised through the London walk.


Although the main purpose behind the organisation of the walk is to raise funds for Unlock, just doing the walk is a great experience.  Anyone who is interested and able to join the walk is warmly invited, irrespective of sponsorship.  This year’s walk is on Saturday, 29th April.


You can find out more about the walk at:


from where you will be able to download pdf copies of the walk map, brochure and quiz.  Checkpoints are open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.


Just turn up; enjoy and be blessed!

ATL Service 6.30pm Sunday 9th April - all welcome.

Service for Teachers in Liverpool


The National Conference of ATL (The Association of Teachers and Lecturers) will be gathering in Liverpool again this year, and conference proceedings will be prefaced by a Christian service at 6.30 pm on Palm Sunday 9th April.  This occasion provides an opportunity for conference delegates to commit to God the work of the conference and themselves to His service in their work as teachers.


The service will be held in St James in the City church, where a good number of students, teachers and others connected with education are to be found in the regular congregation.  The speaker on this occasion is to be the Rt Rev Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, the music will be led by the St James Worship Group, and various ATL members will lead other parts of the proceedings.


This service has been organised by Geoff Coggins, ACT Treasurer, and is open to anyone (particularly ACT members) who would like to attend.  You don’t have to be a member of ATL and you don’t have to be a teacher.


Full details can be found here: 



After three years of negotiations ATL and NUT members have voted overwhelmingly to form a new union together, the National Education Union. 

The rules of the NEU have been carefully formulated to incorporate what have been seen as the best features of each.  During a transitional period beginning in September the two unions will function in parallel, until the amalgamation takes full effect.  We hope that a Christian service will continue to be a feature at the start of Annual Conference.


GFC 31st March 2017

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



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