Headlines – 16 September 2022

Remembering Her Majesty the Queen

Just a reminder that collective worship resources are on the DBE website https://coventrydbe.org/resources/ under ‘collective worship’.

Leigh CofE Academy were featured on BBC CWR breakfast show on Monday which included an interview with the Headteacher Lynn Lee about how the children were feeling after the news of the death of the Queen. They also talk to DMAT Chaplain Helen Bryant about prayer and reflection in the school and how to talk to children about grief and loss. The final section was with Teaching Assistant Mrs Malone and pupils read the prayers that they’d written. A really excellent endorsement for Leigh and how their Christian vision is actively helping to support pupil wellbeing and hope at this time.  You can listen to it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0cvllzy

Forward to the following timings:

  • 1:38:00               Live chat with Mrs Lee, Headteacher
  • 2.43:00               Live chat with Helen Bryant Trust Chaplain
  • 3.28:00               Live chat with Mrs Malone (teaching assistant) and 3 children

Some of the children’s prayers, reflections and condolence letters are shown in the picture.

Please do let us know what you’ve been doing in your schools during this historic time – we’d love to hear from you. See more in next week’s Headlines…


Headteacher Termly Briefing 20 September 2022

Don’t forget to join us for the Heads’ Briefing on Tuesday afternoon 20 September 2-3.30pm on Zoom.  The Zoom link to join is here.


  1. Opening Reflection and DBE Update – April Gold
  2. God and the Big Bang – Sarah Moring
  3. Feedback from HTRAG – Chair of HTRAG
  4. Faith in the Nexus Resources – Jen Jenkins
  5. SIAMS Update – Jen Jenkins
  6. CPD and DSA Update – Joanne Evans
  7. Closing Comments and Prayer


Upcoming CPD….

All CPD, unless otherwise stated, is free for schools who subscribe to the Diocesan Service Agreement (DSA). Click on the links below to book a place.

The Six Core Theological Concepts and Courageous Advocacy

Weds 21 September – 16.00 to 17.30 on Zoom

In all of our work on courageous advocacy and social action, we join in with God’s redemptive work in the world as we hold fast to a hopeful vision for the future. Along with the prophet Micah we ask, ‘What does the Lord require of you?’ And hear the reply: ‘To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God’ (Micah 6:8). These themed sessions will equip you with tools and resources to further your understanding and will also support the work with your pupils.

Reading Christianity Forwards: A Provocation for Black History Month

Tuesday 27th September – 16.00 to 17.00 on Zoom

In readiness for Black History Month, we are offering a one hour Zoom to explore the telling of Christianity forwards, so that the impact of Black Theologians and African saints can be fully appreciated and perhaps incorporated into your classroom work or collective worship for October and beyond. Join Jen Jenkins for this thought-provoking and important session.

 Christian Distinctiveness Deep Dive Short – Behaviour

Monday 03 October – 16.30 to 17.30 on Zoom

What roles do dignity, respect and reconciliation play in managing behaviour in your church school? Led by Jen Jenkins, this session will explore behaviour management systems that focus on relationships and not just rules.

Flourishing Through Leading: A Two-Year Programme for Middle Leaders – new cohort for 22/23

Tuesday 04 October – 16.00 to 17.30 on Zoom (No cost to DSA subscribers)

This two-year programme is suitable for anybody with a role as a middle leader for subject development or pastoral care. It includes twelve sessions; one 1.5-hour session per half term, conducted remotely on Zoom. The programme assumes that particulars around subject leadership, monitoring and curriculum development are already being covered through other CPD or in-school support and so will focus on developing middle leaders as people – nurturing them as leaders with a distinctively Christian focus, with Christian values recognisable through their leadership. There will be a mixture of input and reflective discussion at each session. (see further information on the course booking link above).

RE:Search Group

Tuesday 11 October – 16.30 to 17.30 on Zoom

This group looks at how educational research can positively impact RE teaching in our schools. Joining this group will involve committing to read one research article/paper per half term and to join a half termly Zoom meeting to discuss the research’s merit and implications for teaching. Research will be focused on RE teaching or may be more broadly educational but applicable to RE teaching.

Previous sessions of the RE:Search Group…   

Just a reminder that previous RE:Search sessions are available on the DBE website. If you are interested in catching up with those go to: www.coventrydbe.org/resources click on RE:Search Group Presentations and the passcode to access is: DBECPD


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 has been extended to 10 October.  We can’t wait to see what your pupils produce!


Have You Got an Unused Piano in a Corner Gathering Dust?

One of our Diocesan schools has a new member of staff who is very musical and would like to play in assemblies and start a school choir. They would love to get a piano but have no funds to buy a new one. If you have an one in your school that is unused and unloved and are happy for it to go to a new home in the Church School family please do let us know.


Schools of Sanctuary – Free Introduction on 11 October

A one-hour online event, 11 October at 16.00 introducing the Schools of Sanctuary award to newly interested schools, nurseries and sixth forms.  This will be an overview of the School of Sanctuary Stream, outlining the process, criteria and drawing on examples from recently awarded schools.  A perfect starting point for schools interested in going through the process in the new academic year. To register and for more information click here.


Children in Grief

Ten Things to Expect and a Young Person’s Guide to Funeral Terminology

As our second Elizabethan era draws to a close and we enter a period of national mourning, the death of Queen Elizabeth II will touch everyone. Children and young people of all ages will see and hear the news. Like the rest of us, they’ve seen the entirety of their lives under her reign. While crowds continue to gather amidst a sea of sombre faces, this simple guide from Thrive will help you to know what reactions to anticipate. And how to respond to each one.  Thrive have also produced a young person’s guide to funeral terminology. Helping children or young people to hear and understand these unfamiliar terms in advance of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral may alleviate a sense of confusion or a fear of the unknown. From age-appropriate definitions of ‘funeral’ and ‘hearse’ to the meaning of ‘Vigil of the Princes’ and ‘Lying in State’, this resource highlights the meaning over 18 carefully-selected words and terms and is designed to support and guide your conversations with young people this week.


‘Never Give Up’ – This week’s song feature from the PopUK Free Song Bank

In an ever changing world, this song encourages children to stand up for justice and hope as they use their gifts and talents to influence those around them. It is FREE from the PopUK song bank.  You don’t need to be a music specialist to teach the songs. The videos load instantly, providing synchronised track and lyrics as well as backing tracks.  Listen to ‘Never Give Up’ here.


Archbishop of York Youth Trust – Free Twilight Webinars

Free Twilight Webinars – Introduction to the Young Leaders Award

Primary KS1 and KS2

  • Wednesday 28 Sep – 4.00 to 4.45pm
  • Tuesday 11 Oct – 4.00 to 4.45pm
  • Thursday 10 Nov – 4.00 to 4.45pm
  • Wednesday 30 Nov – 4.00 to 4.45pm

Secondary KS3

  • Wednesday 19 Oct – 4.00 to 4.40pm

Secondary KS4/+16

  • Tuesday 22 November – 4.00 to 4.40pm

To book a place click here  For queries click here


Using Picture News to support Collective Worship

Free Online Training for Church of England Schools – Tuesday 20th September, 16.00-17.15.

Join Assistant Director of Education for the Diocese of Lincoln, Lynsey Norris and learn all about how Picture News Collective Worship can support courageous advocacy, bring worship to life and they will offer further guidance for how you can use current affairs in school.  The session, suitable for anyone in schools who leads worship (either class or whole school) and will provide lots of practical ideas. It’s free of charge and open to all.  Reserve your place here (if you’re unable to join live, we’ll send across the recording to all who register): https://bit.ly/3xgPJpH


Springs Dance Company – Workshops for Your School

Specialising in cross-curricular dance, in particular with Religious Education, Values and PSHE, Springs is offering it’s much loved A Christmas Story: Refugee workshops to schools. Inspired by Anne Booth’s Christmas story Refuge, the workshops will guide pupils on a journey of dance, drama and discussion and make connections between the nativity, the world today and the haven found in showing kindness.  Also available is Springs’ sought after Easter Project. Delivering fun, engaging and thought-provoking dance workshops, The Easter Project provides a fresh and exciting way to explore the Easter story. These workshops can culminate in an informal sharing or performance by the pupils.  Due to popular demand, returning in 2023 is PARABLE! An immersive dance theatre and integrated workshop experience, designed to help schools join the dots in pupil’s knowledge of Christianity. Adventurous, interactive and exciting, children will encounter and overcome creative challenges, accomplish tasks and influence the outcome of the performance, whilst absorbed in a vibrant world of professional movement, dance and theatre.  Other popular workshops include The Good Samaritan,  Get Fit Go Green, You Are Special and The Selfish Giant. Further details on all of our work for schools can be found at  https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/index.php/join-in/schools-workshops

To book and to find out more please email touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk or call 07775 628 442.


Lessons in Leadership from Queen Elizabeth II

 Organisations and experts study leaders in intricate detail to glean lessons from them that can be applied elsewhere. This blog from Laughology turns to one of the longest-serving leaders in modern history, Queen Elizabeth II, to try and understand what made her reign so successful, and to see whether there are leadership lessons we can learn from her.




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