Educational Ethos – Thomas Deacon updated

img_4459Yesterday I took the funeral of a colleague from an educational trust.  Preparing for it I was reminded of a conversation we had about the purpose of education and the ethos we were there to promote.  We were bringing the values of the founder up-to-date, to relate them to the world of schools today.

Given the debates raging about grammar schools and all students needing a good education, here is a contribution with echoes from the 18th century and a benefactor from Peterborough, Thomas Deacon, whose will established a free school for poor boys (now a co-ed academy).

Education is at its best when it:

  • Focuses on the student as the primary concern;
  • Aims to assist him or her achieve their best;
  • Prepares them for today’s world and citizenship;
  • Helps them become rounded people;
  • Fosters moral and spiritual development.



About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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