New Perspectives in Anglican Education

Reconsidering Purpose and Plotting a Future Direction


In his 2009 ISAAC ARMITAGE LECTURE, Archbishop Peter Jensen offered this challenge: “Is there such a thing as Anglican Education?” A group of educators, theologians and academics was formed to explore the question. They drew on the best that there is to offer from the fields of education, philosophy, humanities and the social sciences, always grounded in an understanding of the Bible. They sought to ask three questions: 


  • Why? Knowing what our priorities and purposes should be in raising children, nurturing them in the faith and teaching them the skills they need dor life.
  • What? Seeking knowledge of what these priorities and purposes mean for the things we teach.
  • How?  Making wise and informed choices each day about schooling, curriculum and pedagogy.



The first fruits of this project was the publication of the book: New Perspectives on Anglican Education. It argues that Anglican education should be different; not just in the results achieved, but in how schools are used redemptively by God. This should be seen in the lives of the students and families associated with the school, and in the impact of the school on the wider community.


The book can be purchased from Wandering Booksellers.


Responses should be sent to the Executive Director, Anglican EdComm at