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?’

Conflict & Resolution: Monday 12 November 2018, 10am – 1pm

Explore the issue of Conflict and Resolution from the international to the interpersonal.

The morning consists of speeches and interactive workshops from leading organisations:

  • SOLUTIONS NOT SIDESa chance to hear first-hand perspectives from young Israeli and Palestinian peace activists and develop critical thinking skills to understanding conflict and conflict resolution.
  • Non Violent Communication – communication skills in challenging circumstances
  • Amnesty International – Investigate the human rights of prisoners of conscience and conflict, and engage in what we can do about it.
  • British Red Cross – Explore conflict, international humanitarian law and refugees
  • Avon and Somerset Police tbc – Tackling Hate Crime

A closing plenary provides an opportunity to share learning and discover how you can help tackle this important issue.

The event is aimed at 6th Form pupils studying subjects such as RS, Geography, Economics, Government and Politics, History, Sociology, Health and Social Care to name a few.

Cost: £3.90 per pupil (teachers go free)

Limited spaces so book early to avoid disappointment. Download the bookings form here

Contact Jessica Witchell, Education Officer for info and booking on 01749 674483 or education@wellscathedral.uk.net

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.

Gemma Davis, Unseen – 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 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.

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