Headlines – 01 March 2024

iSingPOP Partnership


Emma Kenyon our iSingPOP partner has been in touch with, and visited many of your schools now. Do send us photos and let us know what the children and parents are saying about the events. Here is Emma with pupils from St Nicolas CofE Academy, Nuneaton this week.

If you would like to have iSingPop visit your school later in the year (all the summer term dates are booked now), get in touch with Emma on Emma.Kenyon@isingpop.com (but do get in quick!)



Using Understanding Christianity with the New Agreed Syllabus


30 April 2024 – 16.00-17.30

online via Zoom; or book to receive the recording

Free for DSA Subscribers


Led by Jennifer Jenkins, this session will look at a suggested model for CofE schools will be using the new local Coventry and Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus alongside existing Understanding Christianity units. This session will help schools to consider how they best want to do this without providing a one-size-fits-all solution.  There will be time for Q&A.


Book or to receive the recording book here.


Mixed Age Classes and the New Agreed Syllabus


Thanks to those who responded to Jen Jenkins invitation regarding the new RE agreed syllabus in mixed aged classes. A meeting has been set for Tuesday 16 April 16.00-17.00 for some thinking prior to the syllabus launch that can then be alluded to and consequently built upon. A Zoom link has been sent out to those who responded but if you have not signed up, let us know and we will send it out to you.


For Own Admission Authorities


Just a reminder that you should have reviewed (or consulted) and determined your school’s admission policy for 2025/26. The deadline for this was 28 February.


You must publish a copy on the school’s website, and send copies to the LA and DBE by 15 March.


If you have any admisisons queries do contact Joanne Evans.


Shakespeare Week and the New Coventry and Warwickshire Agreed Syllabus


Shakespeare Week will mark its 10th anniversary this year when it takes place from March 18-24. It also coincides with the launch of the new Coventry and Warwickshire local RE agreed syllabus!


Within the syllabus there is a focus on exploring the entwining of religion and history in our local area and that inevitably leads to the life and worldview of Stratford-born William Shakespeare. There are also additional questions within some units allowing you to further explore Shakespeare’s worldview and whether or not we can see it through his plays, as well as a wider look at what an Elizabethan worldview might have included.


The resources from across different units have been packaged up to allow you to explore those things as part of your Shakespeare Week celebrations this year if you wish. You can find them here.


Otherwise, do consider whether you want to take advantage of the additional questions in the syllabus units to explore Shakespeare’s worldview in a deeper way once the syllabus is implemented from September 2024.


CREative REinspiring Online RE Conference – 19 March 2024


Hosted by the Diocese of Salisbury, this online conference is day filled with inspirational speakers (including the wonderful Lat Blaylock) and a choice of RE workshops. Suitable for all types of school and all key stages.


19 March – 09.00 – 14.45 – Cost £60.

See the agenda and book a place here.


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