Welcome to our Autumn bulletin. It was fantastic to see so many of our loyal supporters at our annual conference in July, and great that so many more were able to join us via the YouTube livestream to celebrate 50 years of FET.
For those of you who were unable to join in with the conference, this issue contains a summary of the speakers and issues discussed, although unfortunately we’re unable to share the delicious food and celebration cake!
In this issue…
FET celebrates 50 years!
On Saturday 3 July, FET held its AGM and Annual Conference in the RAF Club in London. Our Chairman Arthur Cornell shared his experiences in becoming involved in FET and Trustee Sarah Carter outlined the vision for the next four years. The afternoon session with our keynote speakers can be viewed on our YouTube channel. (174) Family Education Trust Conference 2021 – YouTube
50th anniversary video
One of the highlights of this year’s conference was the launch of our new video celebrating 50 years of FET’s work. The 12 minute video is available to watch and share on our YouTube channel. (174) Family Education Trust 50th Anniversary Video – YouTube
Remembering Norman Wells
FET Advisor Dr Trevor Stammers shared his tribute to our late director Norman Wells, who tragically died from Covid in 2020. Trevor shared his personal memories of Norman as well as praising him as a dedicated professional who was “capable, unflappable, and had great integrity”.
Norman is greatly missed by all involved in FET.
We are delighted to welcome a new member to our board of trustees. Gillian White has been an active supporter of FET for over 40 years and is a passionate campaigner for traditional families and moral standards. We are looking forward to having Gillian on the team.
50 Year booklet
Senior Researcher Piers Shepherd has written an excellent history of the Family Education Trust which can be downloaded for free on our website. Hard copies can also be purchased for just £1. The Family Education Trust A 50 Year Journey – Family Education Trust
How gender ideology cheats our children
Keynote speaker Sharon James works as Social Policy Analyst for The Christian Institute, UK, and has travelled to many countries as a Conference speaker. She spoke at our conference about the ongoing battle to protect children from gender ideology, which is rife in schools and on social media. This fictitious theory teachers children than gender is a mindset and that they can medically alter their bodies to fit with whichever gender they identify as. Gender ideology is the culmination in the attack on the natural family and is a wholesale assault on the most vulnerable members of society – our children.
You can watch Sharon’s speech on our YouTube channel (174) Family Education Trust Conference 2021 – YouTube
Sharon’s book Gender Ideology: What Do Christians Need to Know is available to buy on Amazon for around £5.
Turning the tide: how to get a hearing from a hostile media
Our second keynote speaker, former BBC journalist and author Robin Aitken, spoke about how the BBC is not an impartial broadcaster, but rather forces its own biased agenda on viewers. He also discussed how the BBC controls the debate and how it’s possible to get a fair hearing in the media. Robin’s full speech can be viewed in our YouTube channel (174) Family Education Trust Conference 2021 – YouTube
Robin’s book The Noble Liar: How and why the BBC distorts the news to promote a liberal agenda is available to buy on Amazon from around £5.
Interview with Rachel Rooney
Children’s author Rachel Rooney, who wrote My Body is Me, trained and worked as a teacher of Special Needs for many years before re-discovering her love of writing poetry. She taught across a range of school settings and has particular interest and experience working with pupils
with ASC (Autism). She is now an award-winning children’s poet and picture book writer. Rachel was shortlisted for the CLiPPA Poetry Award in 2015 and 2019 and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.
We asked Rachel about her work and about how young children are being targeted by pro-transgender messages in school.
My Body is Me is available to purchase on Transgender Trend for £4.99