Bishop Paul contributes to National Education Conference in Westminster

Bishop Paul was one of the guest speakers at the Church of England’s National Education Conference “Rethinking Resilience,” held at Westminster Central Hall, London, this week.

The Bishop gave the closing address focusing on the opportunities to build resilience into the life of the team. He said, “When it comes to building ‘resilience’ I believe it should be a shared focus for the whole team not purely the private pursuit of individuals within the team.”

Drawing on the example of Nehemiah in the Old Testament, Bishop Paul offered a model for thinking through the dynamics of developing and sustaining healthy teams. He concluded, “There are no perfect teams, yet by the help of the Holy Spirit the teams that you seek to lead and build really can be beautiful expressions of Jesus’s grace and love in action. Church schools across this country can be places where every student and teacher has the opportunity to reach their full God-given, sails-up, storm-tested, thrilling potential. Thank you for your part in this great endeavour.”

Other speakers included the Education Secretary Damian Hinds who spoke on building resilience and character in children from all walks of society. He said all pupils should be able to engage in activities based on “five foundations for building character”, namely sport, creativity, performing, volunteering, and the world of work.

The Church of England’s Chief Education Officer, Nigel Genders said: “We welcome today’s announcement from the Education Secretary …. this approach will need to be carefully thought through, and must go beyond the lifespan of a single Government.

“The Church of England has been talking about the importance of character-building for hundreds of years, and recently published a report on leadership for character education, which sets out how the development of character in leadership is a crucial part of enabling character development for children.”
The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Queen and chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, was also among the speakers, as well as the Bishop of London, Rt Revd Sarah Mullaly.