Church of England schools in England have a long and distinguished history and heritage. They pre-date both Local Authorities and Government ‘departments.’ Many of our church schools have Trust Deeds from the early 19th century and were founded on the premise of providing excellent education which empowers and enables children to rise out of poverty to reach their maximum potential. So what’s changed? In the new landscape of British Values and Academy Trusts, where do Church of England schools stand today? How can we ensure that staff, pupils and parents understand the Christian character of our schools, in a way which is completely inclusive and welcoming to children and families regardless of their faith background?
This session will help you discover the principles on which your school was originally founded and how in today’s modern Britain, with all its rich diversity and challenge, Church of England schools still have a crucial role in holding to their original vocation. Our schools are in the business of providing an excellent education for children of all faiths and of none, working alongside church and parish in a principle of service to their local community and stakeholders.
We will consider:
· The original mandate for Church of England schools
· The ‘values’ question; Christian and British values
· How to support stakeholders in understanding and upholding the distinctive character of the school
· How excellent Church schools can and do contribute to transforming communities
Course Leader: Sarah Thomas
Cost: Schools in Diocesan Service Agreement: £65 (+VAT) per delegate, Schools not in the Diocesan Service Agreement: £95 (+VAT) per delegate
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