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Education for Life

Thursday 4th - Friday 5th February 2010

Education for Life

The National Conference for Christians in School Leadership draws together Christian school leaders for two days of professional,   personal and spiritual development in the pleasant surroundings of Coton House conference centre near Rugby.  Delegates are drawn from the maintained and church school sectors, from independent schools and include diocesan advisors with responsibility for Christian Leadership in schools.

Our 2010 conference recognises the fact that we are living in challenging times.  Many children struggle to face difficult and challenging circumstances.  Schools bear the extra responsibilities of supporting, developing and nurturing these children.

How can Christian teachers and school leaders respond to the challenges they face in educating children to live in a rapidly changing world?  Can Christian values help to support pupils as they experience difficult and challenging circumstances throughout their lives?

Interspersed with time for prayer, worship, rest and reflection our speakers will all bring a Christian perspective on Education for Life: Learning to Live in Challenging Times.

National Conference for Christians in School Leadership

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

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).


Professor Bart McGettrick, Dean of Educational Studies at Liverpool Hope University

Bart McGettrick is Emeritus Professor of Education and also Dean Emeritus of the Faculty of Education at the University of Glasgow.

Originally a teacher of Geography, he was Principal of St Andrew’s College for teacher education in Scotland from 1985 to 1999, and first Dean of the Faculty of Education at Glasgow University in 1999. He has been Professor of Education at Glasgow University since 1993, leaving the University in November 2005. Bart now works as Dean of Education and Professor of Educational Development at Liverpool Hope University.

With widespread international experience, Bart is a Regent of Bethlehem University, Palestine, and is heavily involved in Christian Education in The Holy Land. He undertakes work with the First Nations of Canada, and directs a Summer Institute there. Currently he is actively engaged in developing teacher education and leadership in education in Lithuania.

A member of the Scottish Social Services Council, he deals with aspects of Social Work and Social Care. He is also responsible for setting up the Scottish Forum for Professional Ethics in Scotland, as well as chairing a number of Boards of Governors of schools and other organisations.

He has given the keynote addresses to national and international conferences, and has contributed to congresses, conferences and seminars of international standing in every continent – except Antarctica!

Richard Rowe - CANCELLED

Unfortunately Richard Rowe has had to cancel this engagement due to unforeseen circumstances.

John Shortt

In his work as Travelling Secretary for the European Educators’ Christian Association (EurECA), John leads seminars and speaks at conferences for Christian teachers all over Europe and even as far away as Kyrgyzstan and the United States.

He taught Mathematics at secondary level for many years and was the founding Director of the Charis Project and Head of Research at the Stapleford Centre.

He was co-author with David Smith of ‘The Bible and the task of teaching’ and is presently working on a book for Christian teachers in the Russian-speaking world. He has been an editor of ‘Journal of Education and Christian Belief’ since it first appeared in 1997.

Ed Walker

Ed Walker graduated from Exeter University with a degree in Geography and spent the next 10 years working in relief and development. For much of this time, Ed was working overseas for Tearfund’s disaster response team in Burundi, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Northern Kenya & North Sudan, running projects in water, sanitation, health care, emergency feeding, health promotion, agriculture and community development.

His last post for three and a half years was as Programme Director of Tearfund’s Darfur programme, heading up Tearfund's largest relief response to reach over 200,000 war affected people.

Ed is author of the book ‘Reflections from the Scorched Earth’ and has also had work published by Theos Think Tank, as well as a book entitled: ‘Issues facing Christians in Sudan.’

Currently, he works as Director of Client Services for the YMCA in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, leading the organisation's youth, homelessness, youth crime prevention and health and fitness work. He is also a member of the Haberdashers' Company which helps run a number of schools across the country.

Ed is married to Rachel and has 2 daughters: Iona (3) and Elana (1).

Click to download a pdf of the speaker biographies.


Coton House, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV23 0AA

Coton House is a very comfortable, purpose built conference centre belonging to the Royal Mail. Situated on the A426 just north of Rugby, Warwickshire, it is very convenient for trains to Rugby and is adjacent to Junction 1 of the M6, connecting with the M6, M1 and A14.


The conference commences with registration and coffee from 8.45am on Thursday 4th February; there is an optional overnight stay on Wednesday 3rd February.

The conference concludes with lunch at 1.00pm on Friday 5th February.

Click here to download programme.

Conference Costs

SPECIAL OFFER - extended to 31st January 2010!

Full conference

  • Full conference, incl. overnight Wed 3rd Feb £310.00 £280
  • Full conference, Thursday to Friday £250.00 £220

Day delegate rates

  • Day delegate Thurs 4th Feb, incl. evening meal £170 £120
  • Day delegate Thurs 4th Feb, excl. evening meal £150 £100
  • Day delegate Fri 5th Feb £80 £50

Double occupancy rates

  • Double occupancy, incl. overnight Wed 3rd Feb £560 £500
  • Double occupancy, Thursday to Friday £470 £430

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.

How to book for this conference

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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 2009: £12000


  • Speaker fees: £250
  • Administration costs: £1900
  • Advertising and publicity: £900
  • Conference centre hire and accommodation: £8300
  • Gifts from the conference: £500
  • Speaker travel: £250

Conference Registration

Registration for this conference closed on Tuesday 2nd February 2010.