"I have not experienced anything like the effect of this project before in my career - it was a privilege to work with all those involved and a deeply humbling experience."Sara Young (Head of RS & PSHCE, Surrey)

Day Conference 2017

Join with us, on the tenth anniversary of the first prayer space, for our best ever Day Conference.

Dates & Details

SOUTH
Saturday 23rd September, 10.30am-5pm
St Mark's Battersea Rise in LONDON
Tickets, £20 

NORTH
Saturday 30th September, 10.30am-5pm
York St John University in YORK
Tickets, £20

WHO are the day conferences FOR?

The Prayer Spaces in Schools Day Conferences are for everyone. They're for those who are just starting out and want to know how to take the first steps towards their first prayer space. And they're for those who have run dozens of prayer spaces and want to take things further. They're for those who want to swap creative ideas, those who want to find new friends and collaborators, and they're for those who want to explore the purpose and ongoing impact of prayer spaces more deeply.

Basically, if you're interested or involved in running prayer spaces in schools in any way, these Day Conferences are for you.

what's happening?

The days will run something like this:

At 10am, the doors will open, and we'll have good coffee and cakes available.

Then, at 10.30am, the programme will kick off with introductions to a few people, and with a summary presentation of stories and news from the last 12 months in the life of Prayer Spaces in Schools. It's been exciting!

At 11am, we'll break into groups to swap stories and resource-ideas (please bring yours), before gathering back together to share some of them, and also to preview some brand new justice-themed resources.

Professor Julian Stern and Rachael Shillitoe will then present the preliminary findings from our research project into the impact of prayer spaces in schools (which some of your schools have participated in). We'll reflect and talk in groups afterwards, and then engage in some Q&A with them.

Lunch will start around 1pm, and we'll have an hour to make some new friends, and to explore the prayer space stories and resources that we've all brought along with us.

We'll kick off the afternoon with a bit of celebrating - marking ten years since the first prayer space seemed like a good thing to do. This might involve (more) cake.

And then it's workshop-time. We'll have two sets of 'masterclass' workshops, led by experienced prayer space practitioners from around the UK. Some will involve a lot of content from-the-front, and some will be 'hosted conversations' so that we can learn from one another as well. The workshops will be relevant for those who are just getting started, and for those who have already hosted lots of prayer spaces.

To close the day, we'll gather back together for some final thoughts and reflection.

you mentioned a research project - what's that?

Over the last few years, more than a dozen people have made prayer spaces in schools the focus of their Bachelors Degree- or Masters-level research projects, and their results have been very encouraging. However they've also raised lots of questions, so we decided to do some research ourselves.

Well, by "ourselves", we mean that we asked someone else to do it. And that someone was Professor Julian Stern, head of Education and Theology at York St John University. He kindly agreed.

Professor Julian and his co-researcher, Rachael Shillitoe, will present the preliminary findings from their research with pupils from more than twenty schools across England. We're looking forward to hearing what they have to say.

and what about the workshops?

At the moment, the workshops are likely to include:

  • "I'm new to this... how do I get started with my first prayer space?"
  • How to develop prayer spaces in schools across my town, area, county
  • How a prayer space can transform a school community
  • Working safely in schools, with pupils and with our teams
  • Prayer spaces in multi-faith settings
  • How to create great prayer activities
  • Prayer spaces and the education system, incl. SMSC, Prevent, British Values
  • The theology of prayer spaces
  • How to create effective permanent prayer spaces
  • Chaplaincy and prayer spaces

These workshops will be presented in two groups and you will be invited to choose one workshop from each group. (NB. Some workshop titles may change.)

will there be food?

Please bring your own lunch or come prepared to explore the local cafes. We'll post some recommended places-to-eat nearer the time.

Teas, coffees (and maybe some biscuits and cakes) will be provided throughout the day.

GREAT... how do i BOOK in?

Both venues have a limited capacity for about 200 participants (maybe a few more), so please use the online booking system to reserve your place as soon as possible.
(NB. There is no physical ticket to send you. The email confirmation that you receive is proof of purchase.)

Tickets for the SOUTH/LONDON Day Conference on Saturday 23rd September

Tickets for the NORTH/YORK Day Conference on Saturday 30th September

And how do you suggest i get there?

It's really up to you, although parking is limited at both venues.

For directions to the SOUTH/LONDON Day Conference at St Mark's Battersea Rise, please visit their website and scroll down to the Map. St Mark's is about 5 minutes walk from Clapham Junction station, and close to various bus routes.

For directions to the NORTH/YORK Day Conference at York St John University, and for various travel options, please visit the Connect page on their website. York St John University is about 15 minutes walk from York main train station.

I've got a question, who do i contact?

Please contact Tandia on tandia@prayerspacesinschools.com with any further questions.

We hope to see you soon :)