24. Education Commission Report
Subject and Aims:
The purpose of this paper is to present
the recommendations and associated proposals of the Education
Contributing to the
provision of education is a major and proper part of Christian
mission Methodism has a distinctive approach to education, and has
identified principles that underlie this approach. The forefront of
Methodism's mission through education is the many Methodists who
serve as governors, teachers, assistants, other staff, lay and
ordained chaplains in schools and colleges and they deserve to be
affirmed and supported.
Methodism, as a provider of formal
education, has an opportunity to establish and develop schools in
whichthere is a concerted commitment to address fully the
'spiritual, moral, social and cultural' dimensions of
Methodism should affirm and celebrate the
education offered by its schools.
The advent of academies gives the Church
an opportunity it should seize.
Proposals which provide the framework to
develop and support the Church's future policy in
Background Context and Relevant
Interim Reports to the
Methodist Council (MC/11/3) and the Conference in 2011
MC/07/04 (Projects 19 (iii) Education project) This project arises
from the recommendations of Ground-Clearing Project 10 to set up an
independent commission on formal education.
24/1. The Conference receives the
report of the working party.
24/2. The Conference affirms and
recognises the opportunities offered to the whole church by
engaging in chaplaincy across the educational sector.
24/3. In affirming its commitment to
the provision of schools of a religious character and aspiring to
increase the number of Methodist schools over the next ten years,
the Conference encourages Districts to report to the Methodist
Academies and Schools Trusts (MAST) no later than 2014 on both the
need and opportunity for the development of such schools in local
24/4. The Conference affirms the
contribution made by the Methodist Independent Schools and urges
all of the Methodist independent schools to participate in the
continuing development of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust
(MIST) so as to achieve the aspiration contained in recommendation
9 of the report.
24/5. The Conference welcomes the
creation of the Methodist Academies and Schools Trusts (MAST) and;
directs both it and the Methodist Independent Schools Trust (MIST)
to work together wherever possible with a view to becoming single
trust no later than 2017; urges Districts and Circuits to review
their engagement with Methodist Schools and reportn on such
engagement to MIST and MAST respectively no later than June
24/6. The Conference recognises that
there may be situations where the creation of a school of a
religious character as a free school may be appropriate, provided
necessary support structures exist at national, District and
24/7. The Conference refers to the
Methodist Council Recommendation 1, 4b, 11, 12, 13 and 14 and
directs that the Council considers the proposals contained in them,
taking any action that it deems appropriate, and reports on such
consideration and action to the Conference of 2013.
24/8. The Conference refers
recommendation 2 and 3 to the Ministries Committee and directs the
Committee to consider the recommendation in light of ongoing
developments in respect of initial ministerial training and the
potential development of learning Circuits.