Headlines – 14 January 2022


Headteachers’ Termly Briefing – Wednesday 19 January

14.00 – 15.30 – online via Zoom – the Zoom link to log in will be sent again on Wednesday morning


Upcoming CPD

Middle Leaders Peer Support Network with Jen Jenkins

Tuesday 25.01.22 – 16.00-17.30 on Zoom

If you haven’t already joined this group and would like to, click here for more information

Courageous Advocacy and Social Justice Peer Support Network

Wednesday 26.01.22 – 16.00-17.30 on Zoom

If you haven’t already joined this group and would like to, click here for more information

Church School Governor Peer Support Network – Focus on Being an RE Link Governor

Monday 31.01.22 – 17.00 – 18.00 on Zoom

For more information and to book click here

SIAMS Shorts – The Trinity

Monday 07.02.22 – 16.00 – 17.00 on Zoom

For more information and to book click here

SIAMS Annual Update

09.02.22 on Zoom led by Jen Jenkins and two sessions available


iSingPop – Free Classroom Worship This Term

Thanks for funding from the Keswick Hall Trust, iSingPOP can offer your school FREE classroom worship this term. (Schools already enrolled with iSingPop will have next term free instead).  Classroom Worship from iSingPOP is an exciting resource designed to unite the whole school in Collective Worship, whether you are holding whole school assemblies or worshipping in smaller bubbles or even learning from home.  These once-a-week 20-minute sessions involve almost no preparation in advance. Each act of Collective Worship will include:

  • An animated Bible story
  • A reflection on the theme
  • An interactive prayer activity
  • An iSingPOP dance routine to learn and practice
  • The Lord’s Prayer

Find more info at: www.isingpop.org/schools

Here is a link for the first episode. https://vimeo.com/showcase/9110562 – contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password.  The theme is ‘perseverance’ for this half term and ‘the life of Jesus’ after half term heading towards Easter.  For schools that wish to take up this offer, contact joanne.evans@coventrydbe.org and we’ll put you in touch with Jake at iSingPop who will send you resources direct.


A FREE Song Bank for Primary Schools from POP UK

To welcome in 2022, PopUK is launching a FREE song bank for primary schools. As a Christian charity, they want to serve schools by providing songs and lesson resources that strengthen children’s understanding of the Christian faith, giving them an anchor to hold onto during these uncertain times.  Their song bank has over 350 resources. One example is our song ‘A better day will come’. It is based on Luke 12 v 22-26 where Jesus instructs his disciples not to worry. The lyrics help children to understand that their faith in God will always lead to hope.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx56YDXc-0M

The song bank has been created to link with the PSHE curriculum schemes of work: Living in the Wider World – Relationships – Health and Well-being – Easter – Christmas. ‘A better day will come’ can be found in the Health and Well-being section.  Contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the link to sign up for FREE access.  PopUK can provide you with resources that can be used throughout the year for assemblies, lessons and concerts.  If you want to get in touch with them contact Andy Silver – Director PopUK t: 07980 692688 e: andysilver@me.com web: www.PopUK.org


Picture News – Free 4 Week Trial for Schools

Picture News are currently offering 4-weeks of Picture News as a free of charge trial. If you would like to take up this offer click here.  To see more about Picture News see their website: https://www.picture-news.co.uk/


One Plastic Bag – Resource for Schools

An excellent classroom resource with website resources for discussing environmental issues, the power of one individual, or life in Africa.

The simple format of this picture book belies the strength of its content, a story lovingly supported by charming collage illustrations. As a girl, Ceesay realized that the goats on which her village relied were dying because they were eating plastic bags. She also saw that people were tossing the used bags on the ground just as they had always thrown away their baskets when no longer useful–except the plastic bags, unlike the baskets, weren’t biodegradable. So Ceesay figured out how to use crochet, a skill with which the villagers were already familiar, to make purses out of the plastic bags. Simple but lyrical text conveys this beautiful, thought-provoking tale of ecological awareness and recycling. An inspiring account.”  School Library Journal

Visit the website: http://oneplasticbag.com/explore-the-book/


Up to £2500 Funding Available to Support Grassroots Community Projects

Have you got a community project that would benefit from funding?  The Happiness Fund supports projects which improve mental health, wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities.  The fund allocates grants for grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. The fund aims to help build happy, strong, resilient communities by supporting sustainable not-for-profit projects. Find out more here: https://www.laughology.co.uk/no-category/the-happiness-fund-2


‘10% Braver’ Bootcamp from Jaz Ampaw-Farr – Week 1 Video now available

Jaz’s 10% Braver Bootcamp has started, it’s free and it takes less than 5 minutes of your time each week.  Jaz has posted her first video: ‘Be a Fear Fighter – how to stop fear driving your bus!’  You can watch it here.


A Church for Children and Families with Additional Needs or Disabilities

St Nicholas Kenilworth is seeking to help the church reach out and encourage families with children who have additional needs / disability. 90% of families with special needs children don’t access church, and we want to see this change so that everyone feels welcome and can access the church family.  Capacity in many communities makes this sort of provision difficult. Would you, your staff, governors or parents like to join a working group with Clare Edwards, to see what is possible? Clare is a qualified teacher with an SEN speciality and has a real passion for this outreach. For more information, email her at kids@stnicholaskenilworth.org.uk

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