Bishop Paul and Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England were the keynote speakers for this year’s Headteachers Conference.
The conference, which was held at Hope University’s Everton campus, brought together over 120 Heads, governors and incumbents.
Delegates heard Nigel Genders set out how he saw the future direction for church schools. Nigel stressed the future would be one where church schools would need to work together in a more coordinated way to meet the challenges they will face. He also urged church schools to consider that if they are to make a difference and be true to our values they need to be exceeding government expectations and educate the whole child.
His message was reinforced by Bishop Paul. Speaking en masse to Headteachers for the first time the bishop stressed the centrality of schools to the mission of God and the church. He reinforced the fact that a good school, like a good church will be making a bigger difference to the community they serve.
Jon Richardson, Director of Education commented “once again our Headteacher’s conference was an excellent day with stimulating speakers and a chance for delegates to network and exchange ideas and gain encouragement and inspiration.”
Bishop Paul added "It was very good to be invited to this important diocesan conference and to have had the chance to share something of my vision for the Diocese and of the place of “Church Schools in Tomorrow’s Church". This was my first opportunity to meet so many of our Headteachers and governors and was great meeting so many. It is a joy that we have so many excellent church schools in our diocese making a big difference to their pupils’ lives and to the life of their communities. Our schools bring more than an excellent education. Underpinned by our strong Christian values they offer pupils, parents and staff an environment to grow as mature and well-rounded individuals.
That’s why we, as a diocese, are happy to invest in church schools that provide a quality education. Under Bishop Richard’s guidance our Board of Education does brilliant work establishing standards and resourcing our schools. This conference is one example of that in practice. I enjoyed being part of the day and also of the ongoing adventure!"