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ACT AGM and Education Conference - next Saturday.

ACT AGM and Education Conference Saturday 24th November - Book today.

THE ACT AGM IS JUST ONE WEEK AWAY - PLEASE SEE THE DETAILS BELOW - PLEASE BOOK TODAY  - if you email me at and I will email you the paper work for the meeting.


Association of Christian Teachers AGM.



Education Conference and ACT AGM Saturday 24th November.

“Identity, Sexuality and the Gospel: A better story for our schools”


A day conference for all Christians involved and interested in Education



Aim of the conference:  To provide a collegial forum for Christians involved in education (Heads, Teachers, TAs, Governors, parents and others) to develop a view of education which is authentically Christian and to be equipped to face the social and political challenges in the UK today., especially as they affect views on identity, sexuality, marriage and the family.


Date:  Saturday 24 November 2018


Venue:  St. Ebbe’s Church, Oxford (central Oxford: easily reached from Oxford Station or Park & Ride buses)


Cost: Delegates are asked to contribute £10 towards the costs of the conference.


Principal speakers: Dr. Stanton Jones, Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, Illinois, USA; Rev. Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St. Ebbe’s; Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester. We shall also be hearing from a variety of politicians and seminar leaders. 

Dr. Stanton Jones writes that he hopes to cover the following topics during the course of the day:

  • Understand the “spirit of the times” that is eroding the traditional stance of Christians globally on sexuality and sexual ethics;
  • Strengthen the ability to articulate persuasively and positively a Christian understanding of sexuality that is comprehensive and compelling;
  • Deepen your appreciation for the contributions to and limitations of science in enhancing our understandings of persons and their sexuality
  • Understand a model of character development that will foster effective teacher-student-parent collaboration and communication and set a redemptive context for effective child discipline;
  • Cast a vision for family, school and church collaboration in enhancing the internalization of Christian morality by our students



Programme for the day:


 9.45 -   Coffee and register

10:00 – Introduction – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

10:20 – Devotional – Rev. Vaughan Roberts

10:50 – Introducing Dr. Stanton Jones

11:00 – Keynote Address: Stanton Jones

12:00 – Q & A

12:30 – Lunch

13:15 – Seminar Options – moving to rooms

13:30 – Seminars

14:30 – Politician 1

14:45 – Politician 2

15:00 – Politician 3

15:15 – Panel Discussion (Q & A) with all speakers

15:45 – Round-Up – Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

16:00 – Finish  


Seminar Topics will be announced shortly, as will the names of the Politicians attending. One seminar will be led by Dr. Stanton Jones, developing the ideas he will have set out in his main talk. Another seminar will be led by Guy Hordern and Ron Skelton on Religious Education and Collective Worship. A third seminar will deal with legal issues which affect Christian teachers in schools.


Refreshments and lunch: we suggest that people bring their own lunch: tea and coffee will be provided. 


All are most welcome: How to Register -

Please send an email saying who will be coming to Hugh Bradby

If you wish to send your £10 now, cheques may be made out to TISCA and mailed to Box 4462, Leamington Spa CV31 9EG. Otherwise please pay on the door.

Alternatively, you may book for the conference on Eventbritehere:

November Prayer Diary.

Prayer Diary November 2018

Thursday 1st Nov

Christians in their NQT year

Friday 2nd Nov

Local Further Education College

Saturday 3rd Nov

Christians taking Assemblies

Sunday 4th Nov

My local University

Monday 5th Nov

Relationships and Sex Education in our schools

Tuesday 6th Nov

For Clive Ireson Director of ACT

Wednesday 7th Nov

Christians in schools facing challenges because of their faith

Thursday 8th Nov

For those being home educated

Friday 9th Nov

My local Nursery

Saturday 10th Nov

Continued freedom to hold Christian Unions in schools

Sunday 11th Nov

Positive links between schools and churches

Monday 12th Nov

For many churches to join ACT to support Christians in Education

Tuesday 13th Nov

Education Secretary Damian Hill

Wednesday 14th Nov

For knife violence to fall

Thursday 15th Nov

My local Secondary School

Friday 16th Nov

For schools facing transgender issues – for wisdom

Saturday 17th Nov

For my local Primary School

Sunday 18th Nov

Angela Raynor, Shadow Education Secretary

Monday 19th Nov

Jamie Jamieson ACTs Overseas Secretary

Tuesday 20th Nov

For Christian Independent Schools facing inspection

Wednesday 21st Nov

For School Pastors

Thursday 22nd Nov

For Barbara Bell ACT Chair

Friday 23rd Nov

That every school would become a ‘prayed’ for school

Saturday 24th Nov

For Education Conference and ACT AGM in Oxford

Sunday 25th Nov

For School Chaplains

Monday 26th Nov

Those pupils excluded from school

Tuesday  27th Nov

For Dawn Williams Admin Assistant ACT

Wednesday 28th Nov

RE to be taught well in schools

Thursday 29th Nov

That ACT would raise more funds to expand its work

Friday 30th Nov

Christian Governors supporting schools





East Midland schools to lose their funding.

Four schools in the east midlands have been warned they face losing their funding and being rebrokered to new sponsors.

The Department for Education has today published four “minded to terminate” letters to sponsors of schools in Derbyshire and Leicestershire. The letters were sent to the trusts on September 6, but went unpublished for more than two months.

Hope Valley College in DerbyshireHinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre in LeicestershireBrookfield Academy Trust in Derbyshire and Stafford Leys Community Primary School in Leicester all received letters from John Edwards, regional schools commissioner for the east midlands and the Humber.

Read more.

How many breakfast clubs have been set up?

The government will not confirm how many new school breakfast clubs have been set up under a £26 million scheme, despite boasting that “thousands more children” are now receiving a morning meal.

Nadhim Zahawi, the children’s minister, announced earlier this month that “500 new or improved” breakfast clubs have signed up to the government’s programme since the spring.

Read more.

Tutoring agencies in trouble?

The bosses of dozens of tutoring companies have been threatened with imprisonment after the government launched a clampdown on suspected illegal practices in the industry.

Schools Week understands the Employment Agency Service (EAS) inspectorate, an arm of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), has written to as many as 50 tutoring company directors, warning them that they risk breaking the law if they don’t change the way they operate.

The letters tell the directors they “could be fined or imprisoned for up to two years” if they fail to comply.

Read more.

TV's School star.

It’s 10.30am and Angie Browne is already on her fourth coffee of the day. We meet on a drizzly Monday morning at her school office on the outskirts of Bristol. The classrooms are eerily quiet due to a school inset day, giving Browne – who spends most of her free time ferrying around her four-year-old son – respite from the hectic school day. 

Read more.

Pseudonyms to protect authors of controversial articles

Academics who are frightened to explore controversial topics, in case it provokes a backlash, will soon have a safer route to publish such work.

An international group of university researchers is planning a new journal which will allow articles on sensitive debates to be written under pseudonyms.

They feel free intellectual discussion on tough issues is being hampered by a culture of fear and self-censorship.

The Journal of Controversial Ideas will be launched early next year.

Jeff McMahan, professor of moral philosophy at University of Oxford, and one of the organisers, said: "It would enable people whose ideas might get them in trouble either with the left or with the right or with their own university administration, to publish under a pseudonym."

Read more.

Hampshire play centre to close as 'children too noisy'

A play centre says it is being forced to close because the children using it make too much noise.

Little Play Town in Odiham, Hampshire, has been served with a noise abatement order by Hart District Council after the businesses below it complained.

Solutions to reduce the noise, which the council says is due to "poor quality flooring", have failed.

The centre's owner's Virna Browne said: "As we can't fix it, the landlord is evicting us."

Read more.

Are students overpaying for tuition fees?

If universities in England really need to have tuition fees of £9,250, how can they offer taught postgraduate courses for as little as £5,100?

Since it was revealed a government-commissioned review was considering cutting fees to £6,500, universities have been in overdrive with dire warnings about how this would wreck their finances.

They've warned that not being able to charge some of the highest fees in the world would mean they could not afford to help the most disadvantaged applicants.

While students have complained about graduating with £50,000 in debt, universities are now warning about their own financial pressures.

But it raises the question about how much a university degree really costs to deliver.

Read more.

Expensive designer coats to be banned at school.

A school in Merseyside has banned pupils from wearing expensive designer coats in a bid to stop "poverty-shaming" among its students.

In a letter to parents, Woodchurch High School in Birkenhead said pupils would not be allowed to wear branded coats such as Moncler, Pyrenex and Canada Goose.

Head teacher Rebekah Phillips said pupils and parents supported the move.

However, some people on Twitter have called the ban "absolutely ridiculous".

The labels banned by the school include children's sizes which sell for between £400 and £1,000.

The ban will be introduced after the Christmas holidays.

Read more.


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