Church School Leaders Conference 2019

Over 100 delegates gathered for the annual diocesan Church School Leaders Conference held at The Holiday Inn, near junction 28 of the M1.

It focused on the theme of ‘Creating a Culture of Togetherness’. School leaders, clergy and governors heard keynote talks from Bishop Paul, Nigel Genders (Church of England Chief Education Officer), Diana Ives (Minster Education Officer) and Tom Wilson (Director of St Philip’s Centre, Leicester).

Emerging themes included:

Learning how to disagree well

Exploring faith at the intersection of schools, churches and households

Living well together

Diana Ives presentation slides

Tom Wilson presentation slides

The afternoon talks were delivered by school leaders from both secondary and primary phases across the Diocese. These stimulated further questions and discussion among delegates as they unpacked issues around inclusivity and integration, engaging all members of the school community, building an outward-facing learning community and developing strong school-church links.

Students from the Samworth Church Academy led worship and prayers during the Eucharist which was presided over by Bishop Paul.

Opening his final conference as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, Archdeacon David Picken, who is moving on to become the Archdeacon of Lancaster, said: “It was inspiring to be in the same room as so many people dedicated to the cause of education. I am sorry to be leaving them behind but know that the future of our schools is in good hands. A great turnout and a fine effort in organising this from our Education Team.”

After the conference, one headteacher said: “We (as a school) are on a journey of discovery. The day leaves me with a warm feeling that no other conference is able to do!”