Trans pupils: Resources for schools | Father Richard Peers

I am increasingly being asked for material that is helpful for schools working with Trans pupils. It is important that schools are prepared to meet the needs of all children and do the work necessary in advance rather than just react to individual needs.

I would be grateful for any other examples of good practice and policy especially ones which emerge from Christian conviction.

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The Church of England Document Valuing All God’s Children is a very good resource and recommends other resources and sets out the Christian imperative for inclusion.

Stonewall continue to do really…

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Words from the Cloud: poetry as an antidote to formlessness | Father Richard Peers

A terraced house on School Board Lane in Chesterfield is an unlikely venue in which to have discovered the great English poets. But it’s exactly what happened to me; in the house where my gran and grandmother lived when I was growing up. There was no hot water, unless it was boiled on the top of the stove. No inside toilet, and for the whole of my childhood great-gran never moved from a bed that dominated the back room downstairs.

The front room was never used, except for a voyage of discovery by us children. In that front room was a piano, a proper wind-up ‘His Master’s Voice’ gramophone…

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Words from the Cloud: poetry as an antidote to formlessness | Father Richard Peers

A terraced house on School Board Lane in Chesterfield is an unlikely venue in which to have discovered the great English poets. But it’s exactly what happened to me; in the house where my gran and grandmother lived when I was growing up. There was no hot water, unless it was boiled on the top of the stove. No inside toilet, and for the whole of my childhood great-gran never moved from a bed that dominated the back room downstairs.

The front room was never used, except for a voyage of discovery by us children. In that front room was a piano, a proper wind-up ‘His Master’s Voice’ gramophone…

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The Cloud of Unknowing: a guide to prayer | Father Richard Peers

This post is a combination of three previous posts on The Cloud of Unknowing and some additional sections (marked as Updates) on my experience of practising and teaching the technique of prayer proposed by The Cloud.

3/10/18

UPDATE:

A common reaction to my posts and talks on The Cloud’s method of prayer, is that ‘I do that already’, or ‘It’s just what I do’ and the speaker goes on to say that they use a prayer phrase or the Jesus Prayer. Those form of phrase prayers are powerful means for praying, however, the author of The Cloud is proposing something DIFFERENT. My personal experience…

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Myth busting … or team forming, is Myers-Briggs fake news? | Father Richard Peers

If I visited a school for which I have any sort of responsibility and were to see the walls plastered with information on ‘learning styles’, or lesson observation forms covered in references to Bloom’s Taxonomy (and I have seen all this) I would speak, discreetly, I hope, to the Head. I would point her or him in the direction of the myth busting websites that show that there is no scientific basis for ‘learning styles’. I might even recommend a book I reviewed recently which seeks to provide a scientific basis for our understanding of learning.

Why then, at the last 24 hour residential of…

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Celibacy: The Gift of Alone for the Whole Church | Father Richard Peers

The statistics show us that there is a crisis for marriage in our society. As a teacher and headteacher I have been concerned for a number of years with how we address this crisis. It is particularly difficult to do so without seeming to criticise children’s home situations. When I was a school chaplain in Portsmouth a group called Students Exploring Marriage were really helpful, they provided couples to come and speak to pupils about marriage. There is much mileage in this. Ironically, though, the most significant impact on young people I have worked with in thinking about marriage has been…

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Mission: thanks | Father Richard Peers

Not really a conclusion at all. Just thanks to anyone who has been bothered to read them. There is a lot more to be said but this exercise in thinking aloud that is blogging is really helpful to me, I am grateful. I am least happy with the first and final of the four posts on mission, much more work to be done in these areas.

Your emails are especially welcome and I do try and respond to them all, if you don’t get a response and would like one do nudge me if you’ve heard nothing for a couple of weeks.

Thanks, as always for a communion in prayer, in Him.

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