Conferences and courses
Posted: 02 Nov 2006 @ 00:00
THE Make Poverty History campaign will be the focus of a national sixth-form
conference to be held at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, Westminster on
The event, sponsored by Christian Aid, Tearfund, and the Damaris Trust, will
launch the Global Student Forum — an initiative to help 16-19 school students
become peer educators. The forum will explore the spiritual and ethical issues
underlying global citizenship.
One third of those attending will be trained by Christian Aid to lead
assemblies and participate in RE and citizenship lessons. Another third will be
trained by World Vision to galvanise their peers into taking part in a 24-hour
Tearfund, using their Lift the Label initiative, will train the remainder in
how to help fellow students consider the effect of their lifestyle choices on
the people behind the products. Students can apply through their schools.
Information from the office of the conference organisers, the Damaris Trust:
phone 023 803 15319.
The National Christian Teachers Conference 2005 will take place at the
Britannia Hotel, Coventry, from 16 September. Topics under discussion will
include the development of Christian teachers facing classroom challenges, and
the meaning of success for a Christian teacher. For details and online
A maths day in a cathedral may sound unlikely, but it’s one of the
innovations that has won Chester Cathedral’s education department the Sandford
award for excellence in heritage education from the Heritage Education Trust
(HET). Judy Davis, the Cathedral’s education officer, says that cathedrals are
full of mathematical opportunities. “The maths, for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
pupils includes estimating, measuring, symmetry, shapes.”
That is also true of the RE, science, and history trails. The Cathedral,
dating from 1092, includes a well-preserved medieval monastic complex used to
discuss the dissolution of the monasteries. More than 8000 pupils take part
Pilgrim days, held over a week each autumn, draw in 180 pupils each day. A
sixth-form programme includes enterprise, citizenship, and Christian symbolism.
A sixth-form conference for 500 pupils is being planned for the autumn.
Information from Judy Davis, Education Department, Chester Cathedral, 12 Abbey
Square, Chester CH1 2HU: phone 01244 500957.
For those involved in voluntary youth work in a local church, Emerge Academy
has an online course. The cost to register is £250.
As well as exhaustive online resources such as book chapters, articles, and
Power Point presentations, there is also a chat forum that hopes to provide a
global and interactive community of youth workers.
Further information from
firstname.lastname@example.org, and from
A new RE software programme on how the media tackles religion, how religions
promote forgiveness and conflict, and the attitudes of different religions to
the environment is now available.
Called Kar2ouche, it enables pupils to choose characters, backgrounds,
sounds, and music to create a storyboard.
Further information from Iain McCallum: phone: 07771 636612.