The Christian Education Movement (CEM) was inaugurated at a service in St Margaret's Church, Westminster on 22 January 1965. The Movement was formed by combining two predecessor organisations whose work had increasingly overlapped: the Institute of Christian Education at Home and Overseas (ICE) and the Student Christian Movement in Schools (SCM in Schools). The ICE was founded in 1935 and it worked with teachers, education officials and clergy and ministers closely concerned with education to bring scholarly knowledge, skill and imagination to religious education. It also recruited teachers for schools and colleges overseas on a considerable scale.
The SCM in Schools was established as a separate body from the university Student Christian Movement in 1943. It was active at first mainly in grammar schools, amongst fifth and sixth formers at conferences during school time, school groups and holiday activities. However, after a few years, at the urging of some local education authorities and of many teachers, it began to work experimentally with younger boys and girls and in secondary modern schools.
Both these bodies were concerned with the same people, SCM in Schools increasingly with teachers and the ICE increasingly with pupils. Both had high academic ideals; neither claimed to be more than an ally of the teachers who carry out the principal responsibility in school; and both were international and interdenominational in scope. The two bodies therefore combined together to form the CEM in 1965 so as to provide a more effective and inclusive movement which was responsive both to young people at school and to Christian teachers and other adults working with young people.
The CEM combined in January 2002 with the National Christian Education Council (NCEC, formerly the National Sunday School Union) to form Christian Education in order to maximise the delivery of high quality training and resources for Christian educators and teachers of Religious Education in schools.
Reference: CEM Annual report, 1965/66; website of Christian Education (http://www.christianeducation.org.uk/ accessed July 2002