Headlines – 15 July 2022

Headteacher Wellbeing with Dr Kate Middleton – Who’s in Your Circle?

This is a time of year when hopefully we get some less pressed time, time to share with family, friends – and to relax. But it has also been a time thanks to a rise in COVID cases, where many of us have had to reach out to people we know for support, cover, or to apologise that we’re not going to be able to do something as we’re unwell.  In fact this whole pandemic season has made many of us realise how vital the people around us are – but it has also put a lot of pressure on those relationships.  In this short (15 min) video Dr Kate will take you through a quick exercise to think about the people in your relationship world. And she’ll share some insight from the psychology of relationships, and from the life and example of Jesus, and how He did life with His disciples. How do we form supportive relationships with other people? Who are the most foundational people in our world? What if a friendship is floundering, or you want to build something more supportive or close with someone? And what when leadership makes knowing who your real friends are really tricky?  Here’s how to find friendships and relationships that help us all flourish – whatever life brings.  To view the video click here


RE Subject Leader CPD for 22/23 Available to Book through SACRE

RE Subject Leader CPD being offered through Coventry and Warwickshire SACRE for 2022-2023 is now available to book. See the various events available on their Evenbrite page here.  The events at a glance are:

  • 06 October 2022 – 4.30-6.00pm – Live: Orthodox Christianity Session 1: General Introduction of Orthodox Christianity
  • 20 October 2022 – 4.30-6.00pm Live: Orthodox Christianity Session 1: Orthodox Celebration of the Nativity (Christmas)
  • 10 November 2022 – 4.00-5.30pm Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change- Rerun of Worldviews Approach to RE CPD
  • 17 November 2022 – 4.00-5.30pm Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change- Rerun of Balance, Multi-Disciplinary RE
  • 02 March 2023 – 4.00-5.30pm – Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change- Diving Deeper into the Disciplines
  • 16 February 2023 – 4.30-6.00pm – Live: Orthodox Christianity Session 1: Orthodox Celebration of Holy Week and Pascha (Easter)
  • 24 May 2023  – 4.00-5.30pm – Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change Fulfilling the Requirements of the Ofsted Research Report on RE


Diocesan Racial Justice Logo Competition –

With Accompanying Resources inc. Collective Worship and Lesson Plans for Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form

The Diocese of Coventry (Race Equality Advisory Group) are launching a brand new and incredibly important competition and they need the help of pupils in all our CofE schools.  The competition begins a search for a logo that will capture the importance of racial equality not only for our diocese but for all people living in community. The details of the competition, including dates and the requirements for the logo, can be found in the competition brief and there are categories for primary, secondary and sixth form. Lesson plans and collective worship resources have been developed to support you as you introduce pupils to the important concept of racial justice and the competition.  Find all the details and resources on the DBE website under the general resources area – look for ‘racial justice resources’.

The closing date is 26 September 2022.  We can’t wait to see what your pupils produce!


Keeping Cool in the Heatwave

Teaching can be a challenge in any environment, so when you add sweltering heat to the mix, it can turn a great day into a real struggle. The recent Bank Holiday heatwave has signalled the start of warmer weather, so here are some top tips for keeping cool in the classroom.

  • Go dark – Turn off unnecessary electricals, including lights, and draw the blinds if you’re lucky enough to have them. Whilst it is lovely to be able to see the sun, those rays will warm up the classroom like a greenhouse.
  • Fans facing out – If you’re blessed with fans in the classroom, ensure they are facing out. It’s tempting to have the breeze pointed towards yourself and your pupils, but in reality, keeping the warm air out is more beneficial that moving it through the room. Try putting an ice bottle in front of the fan for an extra cool breeze.
  • Get crafty – If you have creative license for the lesson, as can often be the case in supply teaching, why not have pupils make hand fans? They’re super easy to make, and you can theme the lesson in lots of ways around them.
  • Stay hydrated – It’s the most obvious thing, yet it’s often overlooked. Make sure that you’re drinking plenty of water, avoiding sugar and caffeine. If you’re in a school where drinks are allowed during lessons, encourage pupils to do the same.
  • Seating arrangements – Hot air rises, cool air sinks. Why not try getting the class to sit on the floor, in a circle, and allow temperatures to cool whilst enjoying learning in a more informal environment?
  • Cooling points – Putting your wrists under cool running water can help to lower your temperature quicker if you need a quick refresh between lessons.
  • Wear thin, loose clothing – Wear natural fibres rather than synthetics, so that your skin can breathe. To cool off, you need that sweat to evaporate as it’s evaporation that gives the cooling effect. Also, wear thin, light coloured clothes. Scientists have found that thin black clothing transmits that heat to the skin, making you hotter.
  • Imagination rules – Believe it or not, imagining a cooler climate can really help to tackle how you deal with the heat. Either incorporate a five minute meditation exercise into your lesson, or add nods to the cold throughout. Studying Literature? Try a text with a cold backdrop. Geography? Super easy. Maths? Count ice cubes instead of apples!
  • Know the symptoms – Heatstroke is a horrible thing to deal with. Understand the symptoms and make sure you can advise a pupil to seek medical attention before it becomes unmanageable. Nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, dizziness and weakness are all strong indicators of overheating. And don’t forget – you’re human too! Look out for your own wellbeing as well as your pupils’.
  • Keep your cool – If things in the classroom get heated, well, it wont help to cool you down. Remain calm, take a deep breath, and follow our top tips to settle a class for those moments when you need to regain control.

From: https://www.pkeducation.co.uk/top-tips-keeping-cool-in-the-classroom/


Self-Care Summer from the Anna Freud Centre

for Primary, Secondary and Education Staff

The summer holidays offer an opportunity to recharge, but some young people may find themselves struggling without the structure and support network of school.  The Anna Freud Centre has created these #SelfCareSummer packs for primary and secondary schools. These packs feature a range of creative activities based on self-care strategies that other young people have found useful in helping them stay mentally healthy.  They also signpost young people and their families to additional support, including the AFC crisis messenger text service.  It is also important that staff look after their mental health and wellbeing over the holidays so they’ve also created a self-care toolkit for education staff with tips and resources to support you in looking after your wellbeing.  Find all three of them to download here.


Thrive’s Six Weeks of Summer

Challenge the children and young people in your school to look after their wellbeing over the holidays with Thrive’s 6 weeks of summer!


Springs Dance Company – Autumn Term

The Good Samaritan and A Christmas Story:Refugee workshops available for your school.  Springs Dance Company specialises in cross-curricular dance, in particular with Religious Education, Citizenship and PSHE.  The Good Samaritan workshops focus on the importance of helping others and standing up for them, even if they are not like you. The workshops touch on themes of living in a multi-racial / multi-religious society, ask moral questions and go deeper into RE.  Also available in the run up to Christmas are Springs’ A Christmas Story: Refugee workshops which are inspired by Anne Booth’s Christmas story Refuge. The workshops will guide pupils on a journey of dance, drama and discussion, looking at the nativity and beyond at the wider story of Christmas.

  • ‘A lovely workshop with a very relevant message. Thank you so much!
  • ‘The workshops have been brilliant, super message and amazing results while performing. The children (and staff) really enjoyed it!’ Christ Church CE Primary School

For a full list of all the workshops Springs can deliver, including The Good Samaritan and A Christmas Story: Refugee please visit https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/index.php/join-in/schools-workshops Workshop leaders are available Nationwide!

To book and to find out more please email touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or call 07876 752 910.


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