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Online meetings

A TISCA Evening with…

A TISCA evening with... Mel Lacy

Our next online ‘meeting will be on Tuesday 17 May 2022  when we will be joined by Mel Lacy from Growing Young Disciples.

She will speak on our third TISCA Aim of ‘Equipping’. Her short introduction for this talk is:

Our young people are consistently being told to live their truth, write their own stories and express themselves – this is the result of a philosophical movement called Expressive Individualism. E.I. has been building momentum for a couple of hundred years but we are now living right in its epicentre. How do we understand it and the young people impacted by it? 

Book now through the Eventbrite link for this free meeting. 

Regional Meetings

TISCA is really pleased to be able to arrange some in-person regional meetings again – and are very grateful to our host schools. Whilst we continue to enjoy some ‘regional’ (actually worldwide) meetings termly via Zoom, it is so good to be able to have fellowship and a meal together in person.

Our ‘pattern’ remains the same: gather for refreshments between 6.00 and 6.30 pm, have a presentation / discussion / prayer from 6.30 to 7.30 pm, and then enjoy a meal from about 7.45 to 9.00 pm.

Each event is £15.00 per person to cover the costs of refreshments and the meal. Do, please, join us – and let colleagues and friends in neighbouring schools know.

Regional Meeting Dates 2022

Wednesday 28th September 2022 – Fettes College, Edinburgh, Scotland. Our speaker will be John Meadows, former Head of English at Edinburgh Academy. 

Thursday 29th September 2022 – Strathallan School, Perth, Scotland. Here we will have Ben Mason, CEO of GlobalBridge as our speaker. 

Wednesday 2nd November 2022 – Thames Christian School, Clapham Junction, London

Regional Meeting Dates 2023

Wednesday 18th January 2023 – Farringtons, Kent 

Thursday 4th May 2023 – Framlingham College, Suffolk, East Anglia 

annual conference 2022

Annual conference 2022 twitter

Our Annual Conference will take place on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at the Emmanuel Conference Centre, Westminster. The topic is:

Inspiring faithfulness not fretfulness: being people of compassion and conviction in a post-pandemic society.

Our speakers for the event include:

Book now through Eventbrite. Tickets start from only £20 and we have discounts for those GTAs/Gap year students / Early Career Teachers. 

Heads meeting 

We have termly ‘Prayer and Shares’ on Zoom for half an hour. Email gensec@tisca.org.uk for details of the next 2022 event.

We also have a Head’s WhatsApp group if you are interested to join. Do contact support@tisca.org.uk for more information. 

TRUSTEES’ MEETINGS 2021/2022/2023

GPC (GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE) MEETINGS  (4pm)

Thursday, 10th November (in person), Thursday 26th January 2023 (online), Thursday 11th May 2023 (online)

Full Trustees meetings (4pm)

Tuesday 14th June 2022 (After Annual Conference), Thursday 17th November (online), Thursday 2nd March 2023 (AGM and trustees, in person), Tuesday 13 June 2023 (after Annual Conference, in person)

other events (non-TISCA)

Counting the Cost: how to care for young people post-pandemic

counting the cost CVE

Thursday 12th May, 7:30-9:30pm (with a short break in the middle)

“What challenges are facing schools?”
“How can we be effective partners?”
“What issues are the young people in our church youth groups facing?”
A free, informative online event looking at a ‘typical’ class, what issues they are facing coming out of the pandemic and what role we can play in supporting them*.

Now in-person clubs, groups and visitors to school are possible, it is vital we are engaging effectively with the young people we care for. CVE Scotland’s School Chaplaincy Project Leader, Steve Younger, will highlight resources which can give the necessary support and enable successful partnership with young people, schools, families and churches. Steve will talk through some of the challenges they are likely to have, for example mental health issues, additional support needs, psychological or emotional difficulties, high absence from school or difficulties due to poverty.
Some issues could be attributed or exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic, others were already in existence or would have got worse without the pandemic. Whatever the cause, there are significant challenges facing our young people in 2022 and we need to understand these in order to communicate empathetically with them and their schools.
Are you a member of school staff or another professional working in education? We’d love to have you join us on the Zoom call too, as well as school visitors, as we aim to build understanding, partnership working and shared resources between schools and outside organisations.

*This event uses figures based mainly on an average Scottish Primary school class in 2020/2021. However, many of the challenges they face and possible support mechanisms will apply to Secondary schools and/or other nations.

To register for the event and receive the Zoom link, please visit the booking page on trybooking (https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing?embed&eid=27975) or email Victoria Myles at cve@cve-scotland.org.uk.

Rev. Dr. Steve Younger leads CVE Scotland’s School Chaplaincy Project. He is minister of High Blantyre Baptist Church. He has served as a School Chaplain for forty years, in mainstream Primary, mainstream Secondary, Additional Support Needs Schools and ASN Bases. In June 2018 he graduated with a Doctorate in Education on ‘Religious Observance and Spiritual Values within Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence’. Steve has published a resource handbook on Scottish school chaplaincy (‘Time for Reflection’) and Time for Reflection resource booklets (‘Words’, ‘Seasons’, ‘Reflections’ and ‘Treasures’). He has served as a co-opted member of the Education Committee of the Church of Scotland, is a member and editor for the ‘International Association of Children’s Spirituality’ and their online publication. His expertise is also called upon in the planning and involvement for the UK Centre for Chaplaincy in Education. Steve was a Facilitator for the Masters level ‘Religious Observance: Design and Praxis’ course that ran for three years within the University of Glasgow’s School of Education and is a part-time lecturer at the Scottish Baptist College. Steve also provides training in Religious Observance and School Chaplaincy for Scotland’s local education authority committees.

Christian Schools Trust National Conference (February 2023)

CST National Conference

Since CST began in 1985 the landscape of education has altered radically. Twelve Secretaries of State have brought their influence to bear with many changes, the National Curriculum, EYFS, free schools, and academies to name but a few. The Lord, of course, is unchanging, He knows ‘the end from the beginning’ but in such a time of change, we need to ask how does the Lord wish us to act in the settings that we are in. This conference will be different from previous ones. We will aim to examine some of these questions together and perhaps to find some answers. We will try to learn together how God wishes us to develop as Christian schools and especially how we can meet the needs that we perceive around us.

BOOK NOW FOR THEIR NATIONAL CONFERENCE, 17th-19th FEBRUARY 2023!
CST Member Schools will receive a 10% reduction, making the price £216 per person if booked by 1st December 2022 through the CST office.

Venue: – The Hayes Conference Centre
Booking – Through Eventbrite – in due course (link will be added here)
Cost: – £290pp

CCE London Hub Meeting (6 July 2022)

CCE London Hub 6th July 2022

EurECA Conference 2022 – Poland (and online)- 26th to 29th May 2022

EurECA Conference 2022
A Hopeful Future – Teachers building for the next generation

Visit www.eurecanonline.org/conf22 for more information and booking. There is a smallish fund available for people in need of financial help, but the application deadline is mid-February. There’s also a standing discount for teachers 35 and under. This is an online and in-person event.

Christian Values and Education in a Rapidly Changing Culture (11 June 2022)

The Christian Coalition for Education (CCFE), under the leadership of Dr Michael Nazir-Ali would love to welcome you to our annual national day conference entitled, ‘Christian Values and Education in a Rapidly Changing Culture’ on Saturday 11 June 2022. This is an in-person only event and will provide an excellent opportunity to network together.

This sponsored event is organised by a wide range of Christian organisations and representatives from education settings around the country. The aim of the conference is to equip Christians for influencing a variety of educational settings, by discussing the most relevant issues and hearing from both practitioners and thinkers.

We are able to provide this event at a subsidised rate of £20, due to the generosity of those associated with CCFE. A light lunch will be provided for those who attend in person.

Our keynote speakers include Dr Nazir-Ali, President of the Oxford Centre for Training Research and Advocacy, and Former Bishop of Rochester, and Ron Skelton, Head at Broadway Academy, a school in a very multicultural area of Birmingham. Steve Beegoo, Head of Education at Christian Concern, will be speaking on Christian Responses to Relationships and Sex Education. In addition to key note speakers, there will be seminars with leading and highly experienced practitioners. We also hope to have public figures from the local area contributing.

https://ccfeconference2022.eventbrite.co.uk for more details.

Further details about the programme and other speakers will be made available in due course.

Information about the venue:

Perry Barr Train Station is within walking distance (approx 8 mins) from Broadway Academy. Parking available at the school.

More information about CCFE can be found on their website: https://ccfe.uk/