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Anger, Love and Courage

Wednesday 9th - Friday 11th February 2011

Anger, Love and Courage

The National Conference for Christians in School Leadership provides delegates with the opportunity to receive professional and personal development in a uniquely Christian setting. High calibre speakers enable delegates to reflect on their role and how their faith can sustain, nurture and develop them as educational leaders.

Anger, Love and Courage: Exploring the Role of Justice in School Leadership will allow Christian school leaders to consider the place of justice in education at a national, regional and local level.  

Our speakers, Steve Chalke and Richard Rowe, will explore how justice has shaped their vision for education and will provide personal insights into how a commitment to justice can change schools and school leadership.

Delegates will be given time to apply what they have learnt to their own leadership context and to consider how their concept of justice affects the way they lead and manage teaching and learning.

National Conference for Christians in School Leadership

“Quite the best conference and meeting of minds I have ever attended in 36 years of education.”

The NCCSL conference provides an outstanding opportunity for Christian school leaders and diocesan education teams to receive professional and pastoral development as they balance the challenges and demands of school improvement, leading a school, team, department or Key Stage. Networking opportunities allow for creative solutions to be developed to shared problems. Time to think and reflect provides opportunities to refocus and re-energise your vision and passion for education. Some of the comments we have had on past conferences:

“ . . . professionally and personally challenging, inspiring and fulfilling . . . a unique experience and something you don't get anywhere else”

“ . . . very high calibre of speaker, definitely inspirational in all senses of the word . . . ”

“ . . . an excellent conference: very encouraging and thought-provoking”

“There is very little training out there that links specifically to schools' Christian context. I only wish I had discovered the conference sooner!!!”

Organised by an independent group of Christian Head Teachers and supported by Association of Christian TeachersThe Stapleford Centre and TISCA (The Independent Schools Christian Alliance).


Steve Chalke

Steve Chalke

Steve Chalke (MBE, UN.GIFT Special Advisor on Community Action against Human Trafficking) is a prominent, and often outspoken, Christian leader and social activist based in the UK, and an ordained Baptist minister. He is best known as the founder of Oasis Trust, Faithworks, Stop the Traffik and He is the author of numerous books and articles as well as a regular presenter and contributor on television and radio programmes. In 2004 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to social inclusion.

Steve was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1981, having studied at Spurgeon’s Theological College in London, and was a local minister of Tonbridge Baptist Church in Kent for four years before setting up the Oasis Trust. More recently Steve founded, a developing network of community churches around the UK which began with the formation of in Waterloo, central London in 2003 and now includes Salford, Enfield and Bristol.

Steve is the author of more than 40 books. He also writes monthly columns for Prima Baby on fatherhood and for Christianity magazine on Church leadership. His latest book Apprentice – Walking the Way of Christ was published by Zondervan in April 2009. Steve has hosted his own television series for ITV and BBC as well as presenting a regular show on BBC Radio 4. He is a regular commentator and contributor to television and radio programmes.

Richard Rowe

Richard Rowe

Richard Rowe has been a teacher for 36 years now and has lost none of the passion that inspired him as a young man to become a teacher in 1973! He has been the Head Teacher at Holy Trinity since 1990 and under his inspirational leadership the school has gone from strength to strength, culminating in another outstanding Ofsted inspection in March 2009. To keep his hand in, he teaches mathematics to this day. Richard is interested in teaching at all levels and has presented lectures on varied topics at churches, schools, colleges and universities and he is heavily involved with teacher training.

Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

Helen-Ann is Director of Biblical Studies and Lecturer in New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon, having joined in January 2008 following her curacy in Wheatley. She trained on the Oxford Ministry Course, and was ordained in 2005. She studied Theology at the University of St Andrews, Princeton Theological Seminary, and came to Oxford to undertake further graduate study in Jewish Studies and the New Testament, completing her DPhil in 2005 examining aspects of the portrayal of manual labour in Judaism and Early Christianity with particular reference to the letters of Paul.

Helen-Ann is a regular contributor to BBC local radio and holds a research fellowship at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. She is a member of the Anglican Communion's Commission on Theological Education, and during 2010 she spent 4 months at the College of St John the Evangelist in Auckland, New Zealand. She is particularly interested in hermeneutics and in encountering and reading the Bible in places of cultural complexity.

Helen-Ann is married to Myles who is an organist and Director of Music at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. She likes listening to all types of music, and outdoor activities, especially walking in the Lake District.


Hothorpe Hall, Theddingworth, Leicestershire, LE17 6QX

Hothorpe Hall is situated in the heart of England, with beautiful rural surroundings. A spacious well designed centre in a peaceful rural location with stunning views. Situated just west of Market Harborough (trains from Birmingham and London) and not far from Rugby (trains from north and west) and the M1, it is easily accessible by both train and car.


The conference commences with registration and coffee from 9.00am on Thursday 10th February; there is an optional overnight stay on Wednesday 9th February.

Conference registration times: Wednesday 6-7pm or Thursday 9-9:30am.

Conference Outline

Wednesday evening

6pm: Registration

7pm: Evening meal

8.15pm: Welcome and introductions

Thursday morning

Session One: Steve Chalke

Anger, love and courage – justice in the national community

The place of justice (anger, love and courage) in the formation of Oasis nationally and how this has influenced national policy.

Session Two: Steve Chalke

Anger, love and courage – justice in the local community

Justice in local communities

Thursday afternoon

Seminar One: Steve Chalke in conversation

Personal reflections on the place of anger, love and courage (justice) in my own faith journey.

Seminar Two: Mike Simmonds

Managing, Restraining or Releasing School Governors.

Seminar Three: Richard Rowe in conversation

Values that can change a school.

Seminar Four:

Personal reflective space.

Friday morning

Session One: Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley

God's vision for a just world

Session Two

Justice at the heart of my school: personal reflection and action planning

Conference Costs

Full conference

  • Full conference, incl. overnight Wed 9th Feb £310
  • Full conference, Thursday to Friday £250

Day delegate rates

  • Day delegate Thurs 10th Feb, incl. lunch £150
  • Day delegate Fri 11th Feb £50

Double occupancy rates

  • Double occupancy, incl. overnight Wed 9th Feb £620 £558
  • Double occupancy, Thursday to Friday £500 £450

The National Conference of Christians in School Leadership is a self-financing conference organised by a group of Christian Head Teachers and facilitated by The Stapleford Centre. Income to run each conference is gained predominantly through conference fees and occasionally through donations, gifts and grants from Christian trust funds. Simple details of our finance can be found below.

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Last year's conference finances

The following information shows approximate figures with the aim of giving an idea of how conference fees are spent.

Approximate Income 2010: £5500 (+£2000 rollover)


  • Administration costs: £2000
  • Advertising and publicity: £50
  • Conference centre hire and accommodation: £5000
  • Gifts: £150
  • Speaker travel: £300


Conference Registration

Registration for this conference closed on Wednesday 9th February 2011.