100 leaders gather to look at ‘hopeful schools’

Church School Leaders Conference Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Hopeful Schools: Aspiring to Nurture Life in all its Fullness

Around 100 leaders from our Church of England primary and secondary schools and academies met at the Southwell and Nottingham Annual Church School Leaders’ Conference.   Drawing on the Church of England’s vision for education ‘Deeply Christian; Serving the Common Good’ the conference focused on one of the key themes – hope.

The keynote speaker, Mary Myatt, was greatly appreciated by all attenders for her balanced approach to embracing hope and Christian values in our schools while recognising the outside accountability measures from OFSTED and the Department of Education.  Mary introduced themes from her recent books, ‘Hopeful Schools’ and ‘High Challenge, Low Threat’.  Leaders were inspired by her talk and embraced the idea of making their schools safe places where challenge takes place without fear or condemnation.

After lunch Bishop Tony led the eucharist and students from The National Church of England Academy in Hucknall joined the conference to lead the singing and prayers.

Delegates had the opportunity to attend workshop sessions on one of the four themes of the vision; hope, wisdom, dignity and community.  There was also the opportunity for governors to become more familiar with the vision document.

Everyone left having had the opportunity to reflect on their leadership, feeling inspired and refreshed and ready to continue providing the best for all our pupils so they can aspire to ‘life in all its fullness.’