Discussion starters for individuals and staff meetings in Anglican schools
Professor Trevor Cooling is Faculty Director at the National Institute for Christian Research, Canterbury Christ Church University UK and an internationally respected speaker on Christian education. During a visit to Australia, Professor Cooling spoke to EdComm about the issues facing Christian teachers and leaders in Anglican and independent Christian schools today.
EdComm has produced the Cooling Video Kit as a five-part series for individual or group use primarily in Anglican schools. Each video is designed as a discussion starter. An accompanying booklet is provided, with introductory notes and questions, to get all staff thinking through their school’s approach to biblically-shaped education.
Part 1: The Core Purpose of an Anglican School
While he has lived most of his life in the UK, Professor Trevor Cooling has spent time in Anglican schools in every state of Australia and is well-equipped to ask the fundamental question: what is the core purpose of Anglican schooling?
Part 2: Performance and/or Character in Education: Do we have to choose?
In this video, Professor Trevor Cooling explores the pressure that teachers and schools find themselves under with the advent of league tables and state-based examinations and suggests ways to both enhance and build the character of students while still fulfilling examination requirements.
Part 3: Responding to Controversy in Christian Education
In this video, Professor Trevor Cooling offers some practical advice on how staff within an Anglican school might model a gracious and mature approach to dealing with controversy within the school community.
Part 4: What if Learning: Exploring a Bible-shaped approach to teaching and learning
Professor Trevor Cooling talks about the internationally-developed What if Learning approach to teaching and learning and how teachers can use it to let faith shape their pedagogy.
Part 5: What is biblically-shaped education?
For Christians in the Anglican tradition, the Bible is the final authority on what we believe and how we are to live. Indeed, our ‘Diocesan Policy Statement on Education’ (2007) makes it clear that a Christian approach to education is deeply informed by biblical theology and worldview. Professor Trevor Cooling talks about biblically-shaped education as the framework of learning experiences drawn from the biblical story.