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Grove Education

The AADE/ Grove Education Series offers and promotes Christian thinking rooted in practice for all involved in schools, colleges and churches.

‘Not the last word...but often the first.’ 

Since its launch in November 2009, the series has sold over 18,000 copies and provides training resources, food for reflection, practical tools and texts that reach a wider general audience. These booklets are a project of the Association of Anglican Directors of Education and this is the only series of publications commissioned and designed to support the work of Church of England schools. The emphasis is on promoting reflective practice and offering tools for Diocesan Education Teams to use in their work of training and support. 

Each diocese receives ten copies of each title published. Bulk orders from Grove attract a substantial discount. The booklets are affordable, quality tools for your training events, headteacher and governor support and also clergy training.

Further information and ordering see www.grovebooks.co.uk . They are also available on Amazon, though at a higher postage cost and without bulk discount. Authors include Bishop John Pritchard, Bishop John Saxbee, Prof Trevor Cooling, Howard Worsley, Tim Elbourne, Alison Furnell, Derek Holbird, Rupert Bristow, Diane Tregale, Anthony Buckley, Jane Lewis, Adrian Brown and Ian Terry.

Can you find new ways to use these resources in your work?


Selected titles:

eD 1 Church Schools:

A Mission-Shaped Vision This booklet serves as an introduction to church schools and their place in God's mission. It argues that church schools are part of what the church is and reflects on theological models of mission and relationship.

eD 2 Churches Linking with Schools:

Research shows that churches that engage with children show signs of growth and life, and those that don't, don't. This study sets out the reasons, offers a variety of ways to engage and includes a range of resources for exploring further.

eD 3 Called to Teach: Teaching as a Mission Vocation

Recovery of a sense of missional vocation to teaching is vital. This thoughtful study sets out a way forward in seeing teaching as a positive, Christian transformative influence in society.

eD 4 Church Schools in a Multi-faith Community 

This study considers the theological issues concerning multi-faith schools and then looks at the example of three schools in contrasting situations, drawing out conclusions from examples of good practice 

eD 5 Called to Serve as a School Governor

This excellent guide explores both the practical and the missional issues and, drawing on the author's own experience and the experience of others, identifies the key elements to being an effective Christian school governor.

eD 6 Fresh Experiences of School Chaplaincy

This booklet documents some of the stories and innovative practice and approaches to ministry in schools and offers a number of models for chaplaincy and the role of a schools minister.

eD 7 Reassessing the Culture of Assessment: Weighing Pigs Does Not Make Them Heavier

This study seeks to examine what is fundamentally wrong with an overemphasis on assessment. It explores widespread misuses of data and false claims about its efficacy. It outlines ways in which theological insights might inform the central concerns of a healthy and successful alternative paradigm.

eD 8 Churches and Dioceses Resourcing Community Schools

How best might Christians and networks of churches serve community schools, academies, free schools and other education centres in their locality? Could these schools look to the Christian community for a new dimension of support and partnership that will more powerfully benefit the families they serve?

eD 9 Journeying Through Bereavement in Schools

What to do when a pupil, parent, teacher or grandparent dies? This booklet provides a wealth of resources for helping schools provide appropriate support for those who are grieving.

eD 10 Understanding Church Schools: Ideas for Today from Joshua Watson's Founding Vision

Drawing from the heritage church schools share, this booklet offers thoughtful reflection on vital concepts for the present day, such as 'belonging,' 'rooted' and 'narrative.'

eD 11 Prayer in Schools

Prayer remains a constant feature in schools. Creative ideas and good practice are here backed up by examples of fresh ways of approaching prayer.

eD 12 The Gospel and Educational Values: The Church of England’s Contribution

What does it mean to express Christian values in schools? How can they be distinctively Christian?

eD 13 What are Universities Good For? 

This helpful study traces the key moments in thinking about education in government and church, and draws on key thinkers—David Ford, Rowan Williams and Mike Higton—to highlight the central challenges we are facing. 

eD 14 Religious Education at the Heart of the Curriculum? 

Religious Education (RE) is fighting for a place in the curriculum on a number of fronts. John Saxbee suggests that no other aspect of school life can ensure better than RE can that school is experienced by staff and students alike not as a fact factory but as a laboratory for learning the values and virtues, attitudes and aptitudes which make for wholeness of body, mind and spirit. It is a subject worth fighting for. 

eD 15 Distinctively Christian Learning? 

What might it mean for teaching and learning to be distinctively Christian? This is a topical question, particularly for the Church of England, now that Christians can sponsor government-funded schools. 

eD 16 Help, There’s a School in my Parish!

How can we as a church best serve a local school? It can be used by individuals or groups.

eD 17 What Motivates Christian Educational Practitioners?: Theology as a School Resource

Reflections offering a way of connecting classical themes in Christian theology with the practice of teaching in the current context, generating both affirmation and critique.

eD 18 Exploring the Role of Godly Play in the Church Primary School 

This booklet seeks to explore how Godly Play as a methodology might be used in both school and church contexts. It provides practical suggestions as well as models for using Godly Play in both church and school.

eD 19 Mission in Schools 

The author shares his experiences of working in schools, whether church or community. He argues that schools can be ideal partners for mission, whether that be seeking the good of the community or carefully thought through evangelistic initiatives. Through sharing successes and failures, the booklet offers inspiration for all those working with schools, who wonder how to go about it.

eD 20 A Theology of Hospitality for Anglican Schools

What is it like for a Muslim or a Sikh or a Hindu to go to a Christian school? What about welcoming those who declare themselves to be atheists but nevertheless wish to be educated in an Anglican setting? How can a Christian school remain authentically Christian but at the same time welcome those who do not profess Christian faith? This booklet explores these questions, and suggests appropriate strategies for response.

eD 21 Christian Values for Church Schools: Making Them Count

This book seeks to encourage schools in 'doing Christian values' and to challenge them to ‘make them count’ by rooting their values within a sound theological framework and with reference to cardinal and theological virtues.

eD 22 Sustaining Hope in School Leadership

Drawing on interviews with school leaders, and offering personal reflection opportunities, this booklet explores how leaders can secure hope, implement vision and sustain resilience