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Visions of Education

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What the ideas of Cardinal John Henry Newman can teach us today

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The Thornycroft Conferences put contemporary issues in dialogue with the richness of Catholic social and ethical teaching, seeking positive approaches which promote the flourishing of both individual and society. For this special education conference, Thornycroft is delighted to be partnering with Manchester-based charity Citywise, whose work in schools and in the Citywise Centre seeks to help children grow through tailored character mentoring.

In the same month that he is due to be canonised, academics and teaching professionals will explore what modern teaching can learn from the ideas of 19th century theologian and educator, Cardinal John Henry Newman. When we see in contemporary education a narrow focus on what can most easily be measured at the expense of less quantifiable but more important aspects, and the intellectual poverty which results from such an approach, we would do well to heed Newman’s shrewd observation that while the world is ‘content with setting right the surface of things’, the Church aims ‘at regenerating the very depths of the Heart’.

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2:30 pm Registration and Coffee

3:00 pm Welcome by Dr Noel Russell

3:05 pm Education in the large sense: Newman’s vision of education Paul Shrimpton

3:45 pm The lost tools of learning Roy Peachey

4:15 pm Tea break

4:30 pm Knowledge is power: Why a knowledge-rich curriculum is power (and entitlement) for all Loraine Lynch-Kelly

5:00 pm Parents as first educators Robert Teague

5:30 pm Q&A

6:10 pm Networking and refreshments

7:00 pm Dinner A three course, sit-down meal served in the dining room of Thornycroft Hall

8:30 pm Plenary discussion hosted by Dr Noel Russell

8:45 pm Goodnight!

Chair

Dr Noel Russell Honorary Senior Lecturer in Economics at Manchester University, studied at National University of Ireland (UCD and UCG) before undertaking research work at Cornell University leading to a PhD. He has been at Manchester since 1979, apart from short visits to university and government organisations in the UK, USA, Italy and Australia.

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Dr Paul Shrimpton Dr Paul Shrimpton has taught at Magdalen College School, Oxford for over thirty years. As a historian of education, he has been researching the educational ideas and practice of John Henry Newman for three decades. His published works include: ‘A Catholic Eton? Newman’s Oratory School’ (2005) and The ‘Making of Men’: The Idea and Reality of Newman’s University in Oxford and Dublin’ (2014). Paul runs a website, www.ideaofauniversity.website, based on The ‘Making of Men’. He is currently working on a critical edition of Newman’s university papers, which were printed posthumously as ‘My campaign in Ireland’ (1896).

Roy Peachey is the author of ‘Out of the Classroom and into the World: How to Transform Catholic Education’ (2018), ‘50 Books for Life: A Concise Guide to Catholic Literature’ (2019), ‘Between Darkness and Light’ (2019), and ‘Did Jesus Go To School? And Other Questions About Parents, Children and Education’ (2019). He has degrees in History, English, and Chinese Studies, as well as a postgraduate diploma in Lake District Studies. He is Director of Curriculum Development at the Cedars School in Croydon.

Loraine Lynch-Kelly is an English teacher and Vice Principal for the knowledge years at Saint Martin’s, Stoke Golding. She is co-founder of the Midlands Knowledge Schools Hub, a network to support teachers and schools on the knowledge-rich journey. Loraine is passionate about all students being taught ‘the best that’s been thought and said’, and to know they are loved by us and by God.

Robert Teague has been the headmaster of The Cedars School in Croydon since 2013. Before that he was Assistant Head teacher at Wallington County Grammar School and Head of Mathematics at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Robert co-wrote the Cambridge Pre-U specifications in Mathematics. He is a Senior Research Associate at the Thomas More Institute. Robert is originally from Merseyside.

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Thornycroft Hall is a conference centre owned and run by Siddington Trust Limited, a company limited by guarantee (1566596) and a registered charity (282339). Activities of a spiritual nature are entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.

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