Headlines – 10 June 2022

Congratulations to Blue Coat CofE School and Music College – Excellent SIAMS

Congratulations to Blue Coat CofE School on their ‘Excellent’ SIAMS judgement. After an inspection on 16 and 17 May the inspector assessed the impact of Collective Worship as Excellent, the effectiveness of RE as Excellent and that overall that the school is Excellent.

Key findings were that:

  • Through its deeply embedded Christian vision, Blue Coat School and Music College is exceptional in enabling pupils and adults to flourish. Dedicated and determined leaders and enthusiastic staff ensure that the vision infuses the school community. This creates excellent, positive, inclusive relationships and sustains a thriving, vibrant community through which lives are significantly enriched.
  • Character development is a major focus and priority for the school. Its impact is outstanding as this is seen as pivotal in transforming pupils’ lives. Encouraging a sense of hope, aspiration and equality, this enables pupils to become resilient and confident.
  • The school is compelling in its celebration of difference and diversity and in its active challenge for social justice. This impacts the whole school, wider community and Inspire Education Trust (IET). Through dedicated partnerships with faith groups and ethnic minorities, the school is excellent in promoting a positive society.
  • Religious education (RE) is outstanding in key stages 3 and 4 and at A level. It is established as a flagship department. Through highly effective leadership and teaching, pupils experience a curriculum which enables them to make very strong progress and gain a clear understanding of Christianity and world faiths. Provision for sixth form core RE is developing.
  • Skilfully and imaginatively developed by the inspirational chaplain, collective worship is excellent. It strongly upholds the school vision and provides varied opportunities for spiritual development and prayer. Its influence goes beyond the school through the generous sharing of collective worship resources and expertise locally and nationally.

Click here to read the full report.

Well done to all at Blue Coat for this exceptional achievement.


Jubilee Oak Planting at Barford St Peter’s CofE Primary

Headteacher of Barford St Peter’s CofE Primary Mary Baker said: “An oak tree was planted by the children of Barford School in King George’s Field to mark the Coronation in 1953. It is a magnificent tree and a wonderful reminder of that occasion, and so it seemed only fitting for an oak tree to be planted by the school as a lasting memory of the Platinum Jubilee for generations to come.”  The Friends Association of Barford School (FABS) successfully applied for a grant from Warwick District Council’s Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund to contribute towards the community celebration event.  A life-size cut-out of The Queen gave those attending the event a fun photo opportunity, and there was also the chance to help create bunting to decorate Barford Memorial Hall.  Mrs Baker added: “It was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate 70 years of The Queen’s reign, and we would like to thank everyone who supported the event to make it such a special occasion.”  The new oak sapling was planted by Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Tim Cox – The Queen’s representative in the county – in the grounds of Barford St Peter’s CE Primary School. The tree-planting ceremony was the focal point of a celebration which welcomed the entire village community. Among them was villager Bill Worrall, who had been at the planting of the oak tree for the Coronation in 1953 when a pupil at the school.


Religious Education Worldviews Project Bid Success!

Coventry Diocesan Board Education, along with Coventry LA and Warwickshire LA, are delighted to announce that their bid team, made up of ten local primary and secondary RE teachers/subject leaders from both CofE and community schools, have been chosen as one of three successful teams to be part of the Religious Education Council’s Worldviews Project.  As part of the project, the team will be creating a framework in response to the REC’s draft statement of entitlement and accompanying handbook and creating exemplary units. This will sit alongside and inform the ongoing work on creating a new Agreed Syllabus for Coventry and Warwickshire. They will be producing work which develops the theme of reconciliation which is so important to the Coventry context. Congratulations to Jen Jenkins as Team Leader and the following teachers from CofE schools who are part of the winning bid team:

  • Gemma Hathaway (Blue Coat CofE School)
  • Shannon Clemo (Blue Coat CofE School)
  • Alida Weeks (Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary)
  • Jane Birch (St Andrew’s Benn CofE Primary)
  • Liz Wooldridge (Leamington Hastings CofE Infant School)
  • Rosie Coulson (St Gabriel’s CofE Academy)

Any school or MAT would like to know more about the Draft Handbook, and how it is being tested out by teams, there is a free Zoom webinar about it on 27 June, 4.30pm – 6pm. Find out more, including how to book here.


Is your school on Twitter?

Do let the DBE know your twitter account name so that we can follow you. We love seeing all your lovely work and events!


Own Admission Authority Schools and Academies

If you are thinking of changing your admission policy it is worth giving it due consideration with your governing body or Trust this term.  The consultation window is 6 weeks between 1 October and 31 January and this is a short time after the start of term. Doing the thinking, and drafting the changes, this side of the summer break will mean that you are well prepared to review (as is statutory) and consult in a successfully complaint way.  If you require any further support in this process or just a chat about the options do contact: joanne.evans@coventrydbe.org


Colonial Legacies and Reconciliation – Conference for Primary and Secondary Pupils at Coventry Cathedral, 12 July

Schools are invited to take part in the first International All Schools conference in support of the United Nations Outreach Programme on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery.  The event, hosted by Coventry City Council and the University of Warwick, will take place at Coventry Cathedral on 12 July. The day will consist of academic lectures, student presentations and a keynote speech from the Manager of the United Nations Outreach Programme, and spokesman to two Secretary Generals, Brenden Varma. We hope that the conference will be the beginning of a continuing relationship between Coventry schools and the United Nations and all schools involved with the conference will be invited to be part of an UNESCO bid, which will allow schools the opportunity to join the UNESCO schools network. At present there are only 7 schools in the UK as part of this network, and this application would mark the first time that an entire city has applied. Members of the network have access to resources and opportunities to link to other schools around the world.  All schools involved with this conference will have access to lectures by Professor Matthew Watson, a video from the United Nations on the history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and educational resources from the United Nations.

Primary Schools (suggested years 5/6): Design your own Memorial:

The United Nations has a permanent memorial to the memory of Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, The Ark. The Ark serves as a permanent reminder to all who visit the United Nations building in New York. In Coventry, we have a history of memorials of significant events in our past (the cross in the Cathedral stands as a memorial for events in the Second World War.) We have a short 3-minute video on the Ark and why it is so important. In Coventry, we had young enslaved people brought over to work in some local country houses. How should we remember them? We invite Primary schools to design their own Memorial to the victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which incorporates this city’s messages of Peace and Reconciliation. These can be in any form. These memorials will be displayed in Coventry Cathedral.

We are inviting Primary schools to attend the conference in the morning on 12th July to see their work in the exhibition, please sign up here: https://forms.office.com/r/2sz0Am5Ewk

Secondary Schools (suggested years 8/9) The Colonial Hangover Map of Coventry:

Lesson Plans: A short video by Professor Matthew Watson / Dr Ben Richardson looking at Colonial tours of Birmingham / Leamington Spa. A resource page will be provided with relevant information. For Coventry, we want students to have short presentations on Coventry, which also consider the city’s Peace and Reconciliation history. For example, the Belgrade Theatre has a mural of Ira Eldridge, who was one of the first Black Shakespeare actors. Students can also consider their own personal history. How did their family come here? Do they know of any firsts in Coventry? Each school will also be asked to suggest one place/figure in Coventry, which will contribute to a piece of art projected onto the Cathedral. Presentations should last no more than 7 minutes, and each presentation will get support from Dr Shahnaz Akhter. shahnaz.akhter.1@warwick.ac.uk

We are inviting Secondary schools to attend the conference in the afternoon on 12 July, please sign up here: https://forms.office.com/r/2sz0Am5Ewk

Please contact Lucy Lambert (lucy.lambert@coventry.gov.uk) to arrange collection of artwork for the exhibition, the deadline for submission is 8th July.


Resources for Refugee Week – 20 to 26 June

Refugee Week 2022 is approaching on 20-26 June. The theme this year is healing. You can find the website for the week here: https://refugeeweek.org.uk/  If you have refugee pupils, or are likely to in the future, you may also want to check out Schools of Sanctuary: https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/  NEU also have some useful ideas on their webpage: https://neu.org.uk/refugee  Literary Trust have some resources too: https://literacytrust.org.uk/resources/refugee-week-2022/

For Assemblies:

Collective Worship for CofE Schools:

For information on refugees from religions and worldviews:


New to RE – Leadership Guidance

For new RE Leads – this comprehensive guidance document has been written by Jen Jenkins and recently published by Coventry and Warwickshire SACRE. Please do pass this on to new RE Leaders in your school.

SACRE YouTube Links for RE CPD

SACRE RE training has been online for last two years, so they have built up a collection of recordings. These are housed ‘unlisted’ on the Coventry SACRE YouTube Channel.   ou will find a whole host of other videos there too, including those made by SACRE members for classroom use. The CPD recordings available to you are as follows:

Two key drivers for RE Encounter and Enquiry – part 1, part 2 and part 3


Free Songs for June from PopUk

  • 20th – 26th June – World Refugee Week – Reaching out to those who feel alone
  • 20th – 26th June – Learning Disability Week – Celebrating individual uniqueness
  • 1st – 30th June – Year 6 transition – Celebrating the joy of being at primary school and looking forward to moving on to high school
  • 21st June – World Music Day – a song that celebrates the benefits of singing on mental, emotional and spiritual well-being

Songs & video lessons available through the FREE song bank


New KS1 RE Resources from BBC Bitesize

 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zxnygk7  Showing care and visits to sacred places.  Includes non-religious beliefs.





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