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Conference Videos 2014

In 2014, we returned to Church House, Holy Trinity Brompton in London, and we moved to the iconic St Michael le Belfrey in York for our Development Days. People came from all over the UK, and as before, a few flew in from other nations... on this occasion, Poland.

We invited a variety of superb speakers to help us explore how Christians can support the spiritual life of schools. If you missed these Development Days, or you'd like a reminder of some of the content, here are some of the best sessions.

1) Graham Sims, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' (keynote, London)

(Graham is an ex-Head teacher and one of the country’s most experienced Ofsted inspectors. He started inspecting schools while still a Head teacher in 1994. In 2010, he produced the first training course for the Professional Qualification for School Inspectors. He is now an independent consultant advising schools and running training for school leaders and governors on inspection-related issues, school improvement, teaching and learning, and leadership and management.)

2. Jane Whittington, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' (keynote, London)

(Jane is a Schools Officer with the the Diocese of Guildford. She works with Church Schools on their Christian Distinctiveness, spiritual development and R.E., and she works with parishes helping them to support the schools in their parish. Before all this, Jane was the Head teacher at Potters Gate C of E Primary School in Farnham, Surrey, when they pioneered one of the very first prayer spaces.)

3. Graham Sims, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' (summary comments, London)


4. Lat Blaylock, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' (keynote, York)

(Lat is an ex-RE and Humanities teacher, who is now the editor of RE Today and consults widely with schools, SACREs and Local Authorities. His training courses attract several thousand teachers every year, covering themes from poetry, art and creativity to assessment, 8 levels scaling and curriculum planning. He also runs day conferences for gifted and talented pupils and for 16-19s.)

5. Sue Mawdsley, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' (keynote, York)

(Sue is Head teacher at Holy Trinity CE Primary, a culturally diverse Church of England school in the middle of Southport, Merseyside. We met Sue when she was speaking at a Diocese of Liverpool training day earlier this year, and were impressed by her (and her student's) stories of the spiritual life of Holy Trinity.)

6. Lat Blaylock, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School', (summary comments, York)


7. Lat Blaylock, Sue Mawdsley, Tim Abbott, 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' (keynote Q&A, York)


Further content from our Development Day in York (as well as lots of other fun stuff) can be found on our YouTube Channel;

8. Interview with Archbishop Sentamu Academy Chaplain (York)

9. Interview with Carlisle Diocese Church & Schools Officer (York)

10. 'Supporting Spiritual Life in School' Panel (York)