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'Vision into Practice' - Inaugural Research Conference - 8 July 2020


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’. The Foundation’s Programmes, Networks and Research are already now working with leaders in over 1000 schools in England, with an emerging international network of leaders in USA, Canada and Australia.

The Foundation’s work is centred on the Church of England Vision for Education, Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good, published in 2016, and the practical ways that this vision can be brought alive through leadership at levels in education. In September 2019 we published Christian Leadership in Schools: An initial review of evidence and current practices. Appendix 1 in this report, p. 59-61, lists a number of questions arising from this review which might act as a stimulus for potential submissions.

Our inaugural research conference in Oxford welcomes papers from a variety of interdisciplinary, theoretical and practical perspectives focused on aspects of ‘Vision into Practice’. This might include submissions from the following example areas:

  • Christian Leadership and Management in Education
  • Character Education and Human Flourishing
  • Pedagogies and Cultures for Human Flourishing
  • Wellbeing and Resilience
  • Theological perspectives on Education
  • The Church of England Vision for Education
  • Subject Leadership and Curriculum Development
  • Spiritual Development and Faith Formation
  • Initial Teacher Education and Vocation
  • Action research and Christian Leadership
  • The Bible and schools.

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 of up to 300 words should be submitted to by Monday 20 April.

Any queries, please contact

CEFEL Research Conference Team

Professor Bill Lucas, University of Winchester

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

Tony Wilson, Diocese Director of Education, Diocese of Oxford