eD 10 Understanding Church Schools: Ideas for Today from Joshua Watson's Founding Vision (2012)


How can today's Church of England schools and academies deepen their common vision and purpose? What can schools discover from their movement's founder, Joshua Watson, to inspire them now and underpin future developments?

This booklet tells the story of the beginnings of the National Society, which launched mass schooling in England and Wales. Drawing from the heritage church schools share, it offers thoughtful reflection on vital concepts for the present day, such as 'belonging,' 'rooted' and 'narrative.'

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Headteachers, clergy, Diocesan Education Officers, governors, education policy makers

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Author: Tim Elbourne

Tim Elbourne is Director of Education in the Diocese of Chelmsford, which covers East London and the historic county of Essex. He was previously Director of Education in the Diocese of Ely. Ordained in 1986, he has also worked in parish ministry in London and Yorkshire, in university chaplaincy and in clergy training.

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