100 children gather at Living Well Together event

img_5896ytOimg_5828ytne hundred children and staff from 12 church primary schools gathered in the Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell for a Living Well Together Conference.

The Year 6 children were welcomed by the Dean of Southwell, Nicola Sullivan, and the Bishop of Sherwood, Tony Porter. A worship dance and Bible readings were provided by pupils from Lowdham Church of England Primary School.

The keynote talk was given by Tom Wilson, Director of St Philip’s Centre in Leicester, and pupils from Sneinton Church of England Primary School. Tom focused on the need to listen, understand, act and say sorry when we are learning to live well together with people from different backgrounds.


The children then had the opportunity to work in mixed groups to discuss their responses to a series of questions and prepare feedback for presentation in the afternoon. Each group gave their feedback to the conference delegates who were joined in the afternoon by invited panellists David Picken (Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education), Liz Plant (Chair of Nottinghamshire Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) and Nigel Spraggins (Diocesan Chief Executive).

Panellists commented on the excellent quality of the feedback from the children, picking out some keywords from the presentations – Respect, Responsibility and Integrity – all of which had been displayed by the children during their group activities. Tom Wilson commented that all of the children had “not only been talking about ‘living well together’ they had been doing ‘living well together’.”

The day was organised jointly by the Diocesan Education Team and the Minster Education Team in collaboration with St Philip’s Centre, and was filmed by the National Church of England Education Office for possible use as a national resource for schools/Dioceses looking to organise their own Living Well Together Conference.