Headlines – 12 November 2021

Armistice Day in Bedworth and The Canons CofE Primary

April Gold attended the Armistice Parade in Bedworth yesterday where crowds gathered to see Royal Sophie Countess of Wessex lead Bedworth’s proud Armistice Day parade on its 100th anniversary.  Bedworth prides itself on being the ‘town that never forgets’ and has observed Armistice Day every year for 100 years this year.  The Countess of Wessex is seen in the picture with Revd Dave Poultney, Rector of Bedworth Parish.  Crowds gathered around the new armistice peace podium, the  first of its kind in the UK. It was unveiled in September as a special gift to the people of the town that ‘does not forget’. The podium stands proudly on Rye Piece Ringway and is used as the saluting base for the town’s historic Armistice Day parade.  A competition was held amongst primary school children in Bedworth to suggest suitable slogans for the Podium. There were 3 joint winners of which pupils from The Canons CofE Primary where chosen for two: Oliver Mustard age 9 “Remember Together Forever” and Harry Davies age 8 “Heroes Everyday Forever”. Congratulations to Oliver and Harry.

Later in the afternoon April Gold attended the formal opening of a new Chapel at The Canons CofE Primary with the Rt Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth Bishop of Coventry.


Christingle Service

The DBE will be providing a recorded Christingle Service for you to use in your schools. It will be available on the DBE YouTube channel from 13th December and we will send you the link as soon as it is live.  The Children’s Society have produced a ‘how to make a Christingle’ leaflet that you may find helpful in advance.  You can find it on the DBE Website under ‘general resources’: https://coventrydbe.org/resources/


Upcoming CPD…

Courageous Advocacy and Social Justice Peer Support Network

Starts 22 November 2021 – 16.00 to 17.30 – on Zoom

A new offering this academic year led by Nicola Coupe, a professional associate from Salisbury Diocese where she is a School Improvement Adviser and Strategic Lead for RE, Worship & Spirituality.  The term ‘courageous advocacy’ was a new concept in the 2018 SIAMS schedule. This Peer Support Group Network has been formed to enable schools to explore the concept of courageous advocacy and social justice and what that might mean in the unique context of each school. Participants will also be able to reflect on the opportunities they might provide for pupils to thrive in this area and share good practice and ideas with colleagues to enhance professional development. Most importantly, it aims to join the dots in this area of their work, between collective worship and curriculum time, to whole school approaches – and lead to passion and action where children and young people are ‘facilitated by’ adults and not ‘led’ by adults.  For more information and to book a place click here.

Please encourage your governors to book for…

‘Theologically Rooted – Understanding Your School Vision’ for Governors

Monday 13th December – 17.00 – 18.00 on Zoom (or book to receive the session recording)

Lead by Jen Jenkins, the DBE’s RE and Spirituality Officer, ‘Theologically Rooted’ will support you in exploring your church school’s distinctive vision, its biblical foundation and how Christian theological concepts underpin all they do as a church school, so that you can speak confidently about these things as governors and can effectively monitor Christian distinctiveness.  To book a place click here  This session will be tailored to governors but if you are a school leader and want to view the recording of the session delivered on 3 November please contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org


Collective Worship 

Remembrance resources for collective worship can be found on the DBE website here: https://coventrydbe.org/resources/ please contact Alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password.

Advent and Christmas resources have also been uploaded to the DBE website on the resources tab. You may also wish to look at the Faith at Home Christmas resources either for use in school or to send home in your parents’ newsletter:



CPD for RE offered through Coventry and Warwickshire SACRE

Book direct through the Eventbrite links below.

Deep Dives in RE (secondary)

Thursday 6th January 2022 4.00-5.00pm

Lead by: Alice Thomas, Head of Philosophy & Ethics at Southam College (recently judged as Outstanding by Ofsted)


Teaching the Breadth of Christianity (primary/secondary)

Thursday 31st March 2021 4.00-5.30pm

Lead by: Jennifer Jenkins

RE Facilitator for Coventry & Warwickshire


Knowledge Organisers in RE (primary)

Thursday 5th May 2022 4.00-5.30pm

Lead by: Debbie Yeomans

Stage 2 Culham St Gabriel’s RE Leadership Programme


RE for EYFS (Early Years/Primary)

Thursday 26th May 2022 4.00-5.30pm

Lead by: Tracy Westlake

Stage 2 Culham St Gabriel’s RE Leadership Programme



Archbishop of York Youth Trust – Empowering Young People to Transform Society

To celebrate the launch of the Big Give charity challenge, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust will be joining forces with Archbishop Stephen on Tuesday 30th November at 7pm for an event all about how they’re helping children and young people to be the change they want to see.  The event is on Zoom and will be hosted by Archbishop Stephen and the Youth Trust’s acting CEO, Andrew Parker. Throughout the event, Archbishop Stephen will share his vision for children and young people and will also answer some questions sent in by children and young people.  The event is free to attend for anyone who is interested in Archbishop Stephen’s vision for children and young people. There will be space to ask questions, hear some inspiring stories and learn more about the Youth Trust’s work as we emerge from the pandemic.  It is a free event, all donations from the evening will be through the Big Give page.

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell said:

I am in full support of the Youth Trust as they take on this charity challenge. We are now at a different phase of living with Covid where there are different priorities, and I think the priority now should be to our children, young people, families, and schools. Please do support the Youth Trust generously for the Big Give, as they give young people the opportunities to develop their character, leadership and faith.”

To find out more and book your free place click here.


Courageous Advocacy through…

The ‘Dirt Is Good’ Schools Programme

The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme is a brand new fully funded programme that empowers young people aged 7-14 to unite in compassion with others to take action on environmental and social causes that they care about.  The programme launched officially in the UK on World Values Day (21st October), and through following the framework of activities, young people will learn and understand more about their values, and set up and run projects in their local communities based on what they believe is important.  At the same time, the young people will learn about the UN’s Global Goals and how their projects align with the 17 goals.  Teachers are provided CPD sessions to help them coach the young people through the programme, and all resources are available online ready to use.  Find out more on their website here: https://www.dirtisgoodproject.com/uk/about

Project Earth Rock – a Music Based Eco Curriculum for Primary Schools

Aligned to the National Curriculum and in use in over 300 UK schools, Project Earth Rock is an award-winning KS2 eco arts scheme of work. It consists of songs, animations and lesson plans. Due to a re-launch with a new streaming format this term, schools are being offered a 20% discount if they sign up for an annual subscription by 19th December.  You can see the website here:  https://projectearthrock.learnworlds.com/home  Sign up and view the ‘Power Challenge’ resources for free.  Contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for a 20% code for schools.


Peacemakers works with primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands to help build more peaceful learning environments. Their main focus is on relationships, but they also explore inner peace and peaceful communities with children and young people.  They offer:

  • Peer Mediation training;
  • 8-week courses for a class or year group including an outdoor peace explorers’ course and a Y6 transition course;
  • Learning for Peace – a whole school spiral curriculum that works alongside your current PSHE and SMSC planning [and Rights Respecting Schools if that’s an area of priority];
  • Junior Peacemaker one day workshops e.g. climate justice, welcoming refugees, making a difference.

They make their work affordable for schools by offer bursaries.  More information about the current bursaries can be found here: https://mailchi.mp/6f9484adef3f/peacemakers-courses-and-bursary-offers-1729628  To find out more go to the website: http://www.peacemakers.org.uk/

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