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Spot the Difference! Think Day

Tuesday 29th April 2014

Spot the Difference! Think Day

Spot the Difference! Christian Leadership in Education  What, if anything, makes Christians in Education different? Excellent professionals and practitioners with an indefinable extra something - or a fundamental alternative to secular concepts? While distinctiveness in Christian teaching and schools has been explored by The Stapleford Centre in past conferences and workshops, this event will focus more on leadership in Education.

Join us for a day of exploring questions such as:

  • What does "excellence" or "outstanding" look like in Christian Leadership in Education?
  • How do Christian leaders function and how might they develop?
  • How do they communicate distinctively Christian approaches to Education, model them in their practice and nurture it in others?
  • Where are the Christian leaders of the future?

Come and share your thoughts and ideas and explore their practical applications.


David Cracknell, Professor in Education, University of Chester

Professor David CracknellDavid Cracknell is Professor of Education at the University of Chester with extensive experience of the strategic and front-line development of schools and educational support services, including that for children and young people with special needs and disabilities and their families. During a career as a teacher, teacher trainer and education officer, David became a director of education and national president of the Society of Education Officers in which capacity he was engaged in national policy development with several Government Departments. He worked as an Education Officer in Warwickshire, Leeds, Wakefield and East Sussex before his appointment as Group Director of Education for Cheshire County Council in 1991.

He retired and joined the University in 2005, taking responsibility for a masters course in multi-professional leadership and a lead education and research role in the University of Chester Academies Trust Team supporting their 10 primary and secondary academies/free schools. David has also been closely involved in programme and project management, leading a research programme into parental engagement as a key part of the re-configuration of PMLD schools and support services in a North-West local authority. David has been the chair for extended periods of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, National Curriculum and Assessment Advisory Committee, a local authority Education Improvement Partnership and currently an innovative Learning Partnership covering all the schools in another Greater Manchester Borough.

He also chairs the Boards of three charities, including Adoption Matters, judged “Outstanding” by Ofsted and voted the leading voluntary adoption agency in the UK in 2012.


Evangelical Alliance, 176 Copenhagen St, London, N1 0ST

The venue is within walking distance from King's Cross St Pancras station.


The Think day will commence with coffee at 10.30am and will finish by 3.30pm..

Conference Costs

The conference cost is £35, for bookings before the 31st January 2014 the early-bird rate of £28 applies (20% off). In order to make use of this, please quote THINK0414 at checkout.

The Christian Consultants' Network

Conceived by The Stapleford Centre, Christian Consultants’ Network Days enable Christians working in leadership roles within schools, dioceses and local education authorities to explore current educational issues and initiatives from a distinctively Christian perspective.

These days have been running for a number of years, with great success, and have greatly outgrown the original scope reflected in the title. Consultants have been joined by senior heads, diocesan staff - anyone in senior education positions. For this reason, The Stapleford Centre is relaunching the Consultants' Network under the name of "Think days" in 2014. The title is not meant to elevate thinking over doing, or theory over practice. Rather, it reflects the nature of the days, which enable senior educationalists to think about and engage in current issues, with a view to impacting their everyday professional practice.

Conference Registration

Registration for this conference closed on Monday 28th April 2014.