BOOKS – Christians in Education

Bible-Shaped Teaching John Shortt

The Bible is an environment in which Christians live, move and have their being. This book looks one-by-one at several ways in which the Bible’s environment influences us as people and, in particular, shapes our beliefs, attitudes, and practices as teachers in the classroom. Read a review

Called to Teach: Teaching as a Mission Vocation Trevor Cooling

This book considers the challenges of mission vocation to teaching, including secular assumptions about neutrality, inclusion and professionalism. It then sets out a way forward in seeing teaching as a positive, Christian transformative influence in society.

Distinctively Christian Learning? Trevor and Margaret Cooling

What might it mean for teaching and learning to be distinctively Christian? Drawing on insights from What If Learning, the authors  include discussion and practical examples from the classroom. Read a review

On Rock or Sand? Firm foundations for Britain’s future ed. John Sentamu

At the beginning of this decade, the impact of financial crisis was being felt by individuals, families and communities across Britain. As we approach the general election, Britain needs a thorough health check to discover whether the foundations for our future are built on rock or sand. Read a review

Reassessing the Culture of Assessment: Weighing Pigs Does Not Make Them Heavier Adrian Brown

Education is hampered by an obsession with assessment at every level. Exploring widespread claims about the efficacy of data usage, the author outlines insights which could inform a healthier paradigm. Read a review

Supporting Christians in Education Trevor Cooling and Mark Greene

An insightful resource which lays out a compelling vision for Christian involvement in education and suggests ways in which churches can support those involved.

The Bible and the Task of Teaching  David I. Smith and John Shortt

Take a look at the question of whether teaching can be tackled in a biblical way and consider a range of answers.

The Big Ego Trip Glynn Harrison

After decades of trying to feel good about ourselves, why do we still hunger for meaning and significance? The author argues that self-esteem ideology has led us down a psychological cul-de-sac that risks causing more harm than good. Embracing our identity in God is the only sure foundation for biblically based optimism, confidence and personal resilience.

The Gospel and Educational Values John Pritchard

How can schools be distinctively Christian? What should the Church of England be offering in its schools?  Read reflections that set out a compelling vision of Christian values expressed in every part of a school’s life.

The Love of God in the Classroom Sylvia Baker and David Freeman

A book which outlines the birth of Christian schools and their development over the past thirty years.

 Their Name is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World Johann Christoph Arnold

Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide. This book considers how to cut through the noise to defend every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood. Read a review

Work Matters: Connecting Sunday worship to Monday work Tom Nelson

Consider God’s purposes for work, make sense of your vocation and discover a perspective that will make your work matter for eternity.