Headlines – 10 March 2023

Alive 2023 – Volunteer Online Booking Link Now Live

If you have staff, governors or parish networks that are interested in volunteering to support our ALIVE 2023 Praise Party on 15 and 16 June at Stoneleigh, our on-line booking form is now available. Volunteers will be required preferably for both days and a short zoom training session in May.  They need to go to https://alivefamilyworship.com/volunteer-signup and complete the form.  They will then be provided with more information in due course.  We have nearly all schools booked to attend but if you are one of the last few, please do let us know your intentions so we can offer any spare places to associate schools who are waiting for places. If you have any issues or queries about bringing your pupils, do let us know and we’ll try to help.


Coventry Cathedral Seeking a Non-Executive Member of Chapter

Coventry Cathedral is seeking to appoint a non-executive lay person to join its Chapter. Once the Cathedral has become a registered charity (in May or June 2023), then the Chapter will be the Board of Trustees. It is the administrative body of the Cathedral and has the ultimate responsibility for directing and overseeing its affairs. Chapter meets 11 times a year (not in August) generally on a Tuesday morning for around 2 hours. For more details please the Cathedral website (please disregard the published closing date). Interested individuals are requested to complete a simple application form outlining what they would bring to the Chapter and the Cathedral. Completed applications should be emailed to office@coventrycathedral.org.uk


Classroom Worship from ISingPop

You should have received notification from ISingPop about access for this half term’s ‘Creativity and the Bible’ sessions. If you haven’t, the supporting documents can be found on the DBE website under collective worship resources and the passcode to access is Education. The showcase link for the iSingPop session is: https://vimeo.com/showcase/9998748  Please contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password.


DBE Collective Worship Available

During Women’s History Month…

March is Women’s History Month so we wanted to flag up some collective worship resources we have shared previously which you might like to use during this month to bring a focus to some great women in the Christian narrative:

‘Service’ Collective Worship Theme

  • Ruth & Naomi (OT)
  • Dorcas (NT)
  • Esther (OT)

‘Mystery’ Collective Worship Theme

  • St Teresa of Avila (Female Doctor of the Church)
  • St Catherine of Siena (Female Doctor of the Church)
  • Julian of Norwich

All Saints Day

  • St Osburga
  • St Fridesweid

Telling the Story of Christianity Forwards

  • St Mary of Egypt
  • St Perpetua & St Felicity

You can find all of our collective worship resources on the ‘Resources’ page on the DBE website  Please contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password.

Other Free Collective Worship

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Collective Worship for Shakespeare Week – 20 to 26 March

Shakespeare Week is a national annual celebration giving primary school aged children opportunities for enriching and enjoyable early experiences of Shakespeare. Jen Jenkins has prepared collective worship to support you in joining in. This act of collective worship could be done as a whole school gathering or as a smaller class-based collective worship. Find it on the collective worship section of the DBE website and use the passcode Education.  Shakespeare week is organised by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for people of all ages and stages of interest. You can access hundreds of free resources including online workshops, storytelling and cross curricular resources linked to Shakespeare’s works, life and times. Find this all on the Shakespeare Week website here.


Free Courses for RE Subject Leaders from Culham St Gabriel’s

These free short courses from Culham St Gabriel’s will support RE Leads in getting ready for Ofsted/SIAMS and the new agreed syllabus. Find them on the Culham website here.


Teach the Easter Story with Free Songs from PopUK

Teach the Easter story – Palm Sunday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday – using 3 easy-to-teach songs and lesson videos from the FREE song bank from PopUK. Find them on the PopUK website: https://www.popuk.org/


Neurodiversity Week Resource Toolkit for Schools – 13 to 19 March

Neurodiversity Celebration Week starts on 13th March, and is an ideal opportunity for pupils and staff to learn more about, and celebrate, neurodiversity. Celebrating Neurodiversity Week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of neurodiversity amongst pupils and staff, and encourage a more inclusive school environment. In this toolkit from Mentally Healthy Schools and the Anna Freud Centre, there are primary and secondary resources for pupils and staff, including assemblies, guidance and lesson activities. Download the toolkit here.


Free Primary and Secondary Mental Health Resources

Even though Children’s Mental Health Week 2023 is over, the work does not stop here. Place2Be have resources that you can use throughout the year to further support children and young people’s mental health. You can still access the Children’s Mental Health Week site to download all of the activities and resources, and resources from previous years. From assembly and class activity ideas to videos and tip sheets, the mental health resources for schools can make a real difference to the emotional wellbeing of pupils. Find them on the Place2Be website here.


Trauma-Informed Approaches to DEI Toolkit

Diverse Educators has put together this free toolkit on Trauma-Informed approaches to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This is the latest in a range of helpful DEI toolkits available on the Diverse Educators website.


Top Tips for a Mindful March

Vanessa King, Head of Psychology at Action for Happiness shares her top tips for Mindful March in this 4-minute video. For a full month’s calendar of daily actions, visit: www.actionforhappiness.org/mindful-march


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