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2nd Annual Research Conference - 'Flourishing Together' - 23 November 2021


Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership

Annual Research Conference:

10.00-16.00pm (GMT) Tuesday 23rd November 2021

“Flourishing Together:

Flourishing Students - Flourishing Adults –

Flourishing Schools - Flourishing Communities”

To register to attend this conference, please click here

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership was founded in 2017, with the mission: ‘To develop inspirational leaders who are called, connected and committed to deliver the Church of England vision for education’ We want to inspire a set of leadership practices that go to the heart of educational purpose: Called – deepening the personal vocation and purpose of education leaders; Connected – enabling the flourishing together of children, adults, teams and communities; Committed – sustaining long-term engagement in realising this vision for education.

The Foundation’s work is centred on the Church of England Vision for Education - ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’ (2016), and the practical ways that this vision can be brought alive through leadership at all levels in education. This has been set out in the 2020 publication ‘Called, Connected, Committed’ – which is available to download at

In early 2021 the Foundation was also successful, partnering with the Catholic Education Service, in being chosen as one of nine providers for the new Department for Education’s new National Professional Qualifications- which will first be delivered from Autumn 2021 – see

This year’s conference welcomes papers from a variety of interdisciplinary, theoretical and practical perspectives focused on aspects of ‘Flourishing,’ considering this from a range of perspectives including that of children, adults, the school and the community as a whole. This might include submissions from example areas such as:

  • Supporting young people in learning, following the impact of the pandemic.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion for flourishing.
  • Leadership development at all levels in schools.
  • Children’s wellbeing and mental health.
  • Chaplaincy and spiritual development of children and adults.
  • Teacher development – including ITT, ECF, and further development of teachers for flourishing
  • Supporting the flourishing of all groups within our schools and communities.
  • Developing faith in schools, through the relationship between schools, churches and households
  • Flourishing in a small, rural and coastal schools
  • Sustaining flourishing relationships in schools.
  • Any other area that connects to the concept of flourishing

The conference team is keen to engage at a large range of academic levels, including those leading in university departments, postgraduate research students, and teachers and leaders in schools, colleges and Dioceses.

Abstracts should be submitted to by Monday 4th October 2021.

Any queries, please contact Kate Newman, Research Lead for the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership at

CEFEL Research Conference Team

Professor Bill Lucas, University of Winchester

Andy Wolfe, Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development), Church of England

Kate Newman, Research Lead, CEFEL, Church of England