“I enjoyed it as I got to express my feelings and worries and I also got to pray which is something I wouldn’t normally do.”Student (England)

New Hope

Mon, 21 Sep 2020 10:00 - Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:00

An online schools-work Conference hosted by Prayer Spaces in Schools and Youthscape.

“It is our plan,” says the UK Government’s website, “that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.”

So, it’s back to normal then? Well… not quite.

Social distancing. Year group bubbles. Enhanced risk assessments. “Robust hand and respiratory hygiene” guidance. Visitor restrictions. School is definitely going to look a lot different in the next academic year because of the ongoing global impact of the Covid-19 virus. And this means the way that churches and Christian organisations offer support to schools will need to change too.

And of course, there are big questions about the impact that these last few months have had on children and young people. For some, it’s been a safe and enjoyable time, while for others, it’s been acutely challenging and traumatic. As these children and young people return to schools in the coming months, the need for pastoral, safeguarding and wellbeing services is likely to be high.

There are certainly going to be challenges, but we want to face them with new hope, and navigate our way through them into a better future.

I have plans for you,” said the Lord to Jeremiah, “plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

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The Details

What is it?

An online Conference hosted by Prayer Spaces in Schools and Youthscape focusing on what Christian schools-work could look like in the coming academic year, and how we navigate our way through the current challenges. We’d love for you to join us.

When and Where?

Monday 21st September, starting at 10am and finishing by 3pm. We’ll be live-streaming to YouTube, and using Zoom for the webinars.

That sounds great! How do I sign up?

To register for the Conference, please visit our eventbrite webpage. Registering is the best way to make the most of this Conference, and it’s how you’ll receive the links to the live webinars.

What’s happening?

During the day there will be four sessions. Two shaped around our keynote presentations, and two shaped around a choice of live webinars. All four sessions will include opportunities to interact and engage with the discussions – there will be a lot of wisdom in these virtual rooms, and we want to make the most of the opportunity to learn from one another.

Who’s involved?

Our keynote contributors will be:

  • Jill Rowe, Ethos and Formation Director for the Oasis Trust
  • Esther Deans MBE, former Head teacher and chair of the Race Equality and Education Group (REEG)
  • Bishop Paul Butler, Diocese of Durham, and Baroness Elizabeth Berridge, the Parliament Under-Secretary of State for Education
  • Rachel Gardner, Director of Partnerships at Youthscape

Details of the webinars will be available soon, but they will include content around mental health and wellbeing, grief and loss, chaplaincy in primary and secondary schools, racial injustice and education, prayer spaces in schools, and how schools are responding to the new guidelines.

Remind me how much it costs to register?

We realise that this is a difficult time in many ways and we want to do our best to serve you. Because of this, Prayer Spaces in Schools and Youthscape are co-hosting this Conference for free – there is no booking fee to pay. However, if you would like to support us with a financial donation towards the cost of the day and to invest in the work that we’re trying to do to equip the church to serve children and young people, we’d be incredibly grateful. There will be more information available on the day about how you can donate.

If you have any questions about the Conference, please feel free to get in touch with us at tandia@prayerspacesinschools.com. We’ll see you there!

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Location: Online
Organiser: Prayer Spaces in Schools and Youthscape
Email: tandia@prayerspacesinschools.com
Website: www.newhope2020.eventbrite.com

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