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Learning Together

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th January 2009

Learning Together

Exploring the relationship between distinctive Christian education and building a cohesive society.

Our 2009 conference was privileged to welcome two excellent plenary speakers, Paul Woolley and Revd Jeff Astley, who helped us explore these issues in relation to education from complementary perspectives.

Conference Downloads

The following is a selection of free resources and downloads, made available from this conference.

  • 01 Public not Privileged Paul Woolley : Download »
  • 02 Christianity Distinctive and Inclusive Jeff Astley : Download »
  • 03 Missionary Church Educational Church Jeff Astley : Download »
  • 04 Personal Faith Professional Space Alan Flintham : Download »


Paul Woolley: Director of Theos

Paul Woolley has a background in theology and politics and is a regular conference and media commentator.  In addition to working as a Parliamentary Researcher and a Director of a political unit, he has extensive public affairs experience in the charity sector.

Paul’s current research interests include social cohesion in a pluralist society and the role of government. Paul is engaged in post-graduate study at the University of St Andrews. He is married to Ruth and lives in Central London.

Revd Jeff Astley

Director of the North of England Institute for Christian Education, honorary Professorial Fellow in Practical Theology and Christian Education, University of Durham.

Jeff was appointed as Founding Director of the Institute in 1981; he previously worked in Anglican parish ministry, University chaplaincy and higher education. He has taught and supervised research in both the Department of Theology and Religion and the School of Education of the University of Durham since 1981.  He is the author or editor of thirty books on Christian education, practical theology or religious faith.

Elizabeth Green and Alan Flintham will join us as seminar speakers.


The Hayes Conference Centre
Derbyshire DE55 1AU

The Hayes Conference Centre is set in beautiful Derbyshire countryside with easy road, rail and air links. Situated 5 miles from the M1, it is also accessible by train (3 miles from Alfreton station) or by bus from Derby station. (More directions here.) The centre offers a flexible range of facilities to ensure your needs are met. More information can be found on their website.


The programme started with registration from 4.00pm onwards and with an evening meal on Friday 2nd January at 7.00pm. It ended with lunch Sunday 4th January at 12.45pm. It included plenary sessions, group discussions, seminar presentations, times of worship and free time for relaxation and informal networking.

Conference Costs

Resident rate

  • Resident rate, incl. meals £160
  • Resident rate, incl. meals (student/unemployed) £140

Non-Resident rate

  • Non-Resident, incl. meals £65
  • Non-Resident, incl. meals (student/unemployed) £50

Double occupancy

  • Resident, double occupancy, incl. meals £300

Conference Registration

Registration for this conference closed on Thursday 1st January 2009.