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Church schools conference to celebrate success and plan for the future

The stage is being set for a major conference celebrating the achievements of church schools in England and Wales that will offer delegates the opportunity to explore the role that Church of England and Church in Wales schools play in offering inclusive education with a distinctively Christian ethos to more than 920,000 children and young people.

Five years after the release of the Dearing report, ‘The Way ahead’, this interactive conference has been designed to help identify the key development themes for church schools for the next five years, leading up to 2011’s bicentenary of the National Society’s launch of mass education in this country.

The agenda-setting conference, taking place on Tuesday 14th March 2006 at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, will bring together around 400 school heads, clergy and diocesan education workers.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, will give a keynote address covering recent developments in the Church of England’s position on religious education, teaching as a vocation, and school admissions policies. He will be joined by the Minister of State for Schools and 14 - 19 learners, Jacqui Smith MP, who will speak on the role of church schools in today’s educational landscape. Lords Dearing and Puttnam will also take part in the day, offering their own reflections on the future of Church schools.

More information and booking details are available from the National Society.