6th Form Conferences

Sixth Form Conferences offer 17 year olds an opportunity to debate current issues in a unique setting.

Ethical and moral dilemmas concerning Relationships, War, Fair Trade, Interfaith, Cloning, and other ‘Matters of Life and Death’ have been frequent items on the agenda.

The themes often cross curricular boundaries, not limited to Philosophy and Belief or Citizenship. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development forms the background. Presentation and debating skills are refined, both in the small group discussions, and during the final plenary with ‘Any Questions?’

Modern Slavery Conference, Wednesday 15 November 2017

On the 15th November 2017 approximately 150 students from 5 different state and independent schools attended the 6th Form Conference on Modern Slavery. This was a partnership event organised by Wells Cathedral, The Clewer Initiative and the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

The day commenced with a welcome from Bishop Ruth Worsley and speeches. The speakers also ran the workshops, and were available at the closing plenary for a Q&A. The speakers included:

Elinor Harris, British Red Cross. Elinor Harris is the service manager for the Red Cross in Bristol. The British Red Cross work with people who have been trafficked into and within the UK. They work with the police to set up reception centres, neutral spaces where recently identified potential victims of modern slavery can be interviewed. The Red Cross say that they will ‘never ignore a person in crisis’, and one of the greatest crises of our age is that of the forced migration of human beings.

Tracy Wood, The Children’s Society – Tracy Wood is a CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Regional Prevention officer employed by the Children’s Society. The Children’s Society work with partner organisations to identify victims of child sexual exploitation and abuse and to prevent it from taking place.

Jane Jones, Unchosen – Unchosen raises awareness of modern slavery through film. Each film tackles a different kind of exploitation including labour exploitation in chicken farms and in construction, and child sexual exploitation and grooming


Gemma Davis, Unseen – Gemma Davis delivers training to a range of front line professionals and businesses, helping them to sport the signs of slavery and take steps to stop it. A Bristol-based charity supporting survivors of modern slavery. They run the Modern Slavery Helpline, and work with the local anti-modern slavery partnership.

Liz Parker – Liz has worked for organisations that support banana and garment workers to secure their rights since 1999. These include Banana Link, Labour Behind the Label and the Clean Clothes Campaign. She is currently researching modern slavery in fashion supply chains for the Centre for Sustainable Fashion, which is a research centre at the University of the Arts London.

Donnie Houser, Amnesty International – Human Rights charity working across the world to raise awareness of human rights violations. Donnie was a history teacher, then moved in to museum education, working for Bristol City Museums. Donnie was responsible for school programmes relating to history topics, special exhibitions, and for the Transatlantic Slave Trade exhibition at M Shed. Since retiring, she has become a school speaker for Amnesty International and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

The Clewer Initiative

Church of England project focussed on helping dioceses to raise awareness of modern slavery and provide support and care to the victims. Website has worship and action resources for churches, and news and stories about projects combatting modern slavery


Diocesan Team for Mission

(including Social Justice, Community Engagement and Environment)

To link with Diocesan work on Modern Slavery please contact David Maggs david.maggs@bathwells.anglican.org

Download the handout with more information and contacts