Headlines – 17 September 2021

SIAMS Inspections 2021-22

The list of schools to be inspected under the SIAMS Schedule this academic year has now been published on the Church of England website.  The DBE have checked and confirmed that the schools to be inspected are:

  • Barford St Peter’s CofE Primary
  • Bedworth All Saints CofE (VA) Primary
  • Bluecoat CofE School and Music College
  • Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary
  • All Saints CofE VC Primary
  • Kineton CofE VA Primary
  • Leamington Hastings CofE Academy
  • Meriden CofE Primary
  • Newbold and Tredington CofE Primary
  • Queen’s CofE Junior
  • St Andrew’s Benn CofE (VA) Primary
  • St James CofE Junior Academy
  • St Margaret’s CofE Junior
  • St Matthew’s Bloxam CofE Primary
  • St Oswald’s CofE Primary
  • Walsgrave CofE Primary Academy

The DBE will provide officer support for all of the listed schools, so if you have not already been in touch with Jen do contact her: jennifer.jenkins@coventrydbe.org  If you have any concerns or queries about the published list or about SIAMS please contact April Gold.


News from Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary

Last week we were delighted to welcome our new vicar, Rev’d Pete Bone. He was installed as the Priest in Charge of Clifton and Newton with Brownsover in a lovely service on Wednesday, 8th September. His first engagement with Clifton-upon-Dunsmore CofE Primary School was to attend our Collective Worship on Friday 10th September. It was amazing to have the school all together for this special event, for the first time in 18 months and it was spine tingling to hear everyone singing some of our favourite songs. We began our worship by presenting Rev’d Bone with a lantern, lit from the candle on our prayer table, and we asked him to share our light with the members of the churches and communities that he is caring for. We shared together a modern version of the parable of The Good Samaritan and discussed the Christian values that we could identify being shown by the Samaritan as he cared for the injured man. Each of our classes has been assigned one of the Christian values and they reminded everyone what the value represents and gave examples of how we might live out the value each day. Finally, as the values are taken from Fruits of the Spirit, Galatians 5, verses 22-23, we asked Rev’d Bone to plant a fruit tree in our school garden, so that together we could watch the fruits develop and grow physically as well as spiritually across the school.

Lisa Bernard, Headteacher.


CPD Coming Up This Half Term

SIAMS Shorts: Spiritual Pathways – book here

Tuesday 21 September 16.00 to 17.00

Led by Jen Jenkins this session will focus on the varied ways to approach spiritual development and how to create the opportunities which will enable pupils to flourish spiritually.    

RE:Search Group – book here

Tuesday 5 October 16.30 to 17.30

This group looks at how educational research can positively impact RE teaching in our schools. Joining this group will involve commitment 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.

In this month’s session Kate Christopher, the author of the blog post we have been reading, ‘History for RE: Yes We Can’ will be attending.

What is Understanding Christianity – Taster Session – book here

Monday 11 October 19.00 to 20.00

This one-hour online taster session will give you an overview of ‘Understanding Christianity’. You will see the underpinning concepts, the ‘Big Story of the Bible’ and what led the Church of England to commission this rich resource to raise the level of religious literacy in the teaching of Christianity. This session would be suitable for governors, Senior Leaders, MAT leaders, TAs or any other classroom staff interested to know more.

SIAMS Shorts: Eucharist – book here

Tuesday 12 October 16.00-17.00

With Jen Jenkins and the Revd Craig Groocock, Diocesan Spiritual Adviser. This session will focus on subject knowledge around the theological significance of eucharist and providing a way of exploring it appropriately and invitationally within school through the theme of ‘remembrance’.

Pupil-Led Worship – Advent – book here

Monday 18 October – 13.00 – 15.15

Due to the ongoing Covid situation this session will be online. Lead by Jen Jenkins, the DBE’s RE and Spirituality Officer we invite you to bring four pupils (per adult, per screen) to learn about Advent and work together to give your pupils a toolkit of ideas and possible structures for leading worship for Advent in your school.

The themes of Advent will be around:

  • The Annunciation
  • The Journey to Bethlehem
  • The Nativity- incarnation
  • Shepherds and Angels
  • Kings/Magi/Wisemen

Schools should come away from this fun workshop with a planning template full of ideas and resources to implement the Advent collective worship and pupils will build on their skills as pupil worship leaders.



VA Schools and Academy Own Admission Authorities –

Action Points for Autumn Term

  • Your 2023/24 admission policy should be on the governing body agenda to be reviewed (and determined if it is not being consulted on) in the autumn term.
  • Remember to update your LAC definition in line with the new Admissions Code.
  • Once your policy has been determined a copy should be sent to Joanne Evans at the DBE joanne.evans@coventrydbe.org
  • If any significant changes are being made to the policy there must be a consultation period of 6 weeks between 1 October and 31 January (or if the policy has not been consulted on for 7 years).
  • Your 2022/23 should be published on your website now.

Any questions or queries on admissions contact joanne.evans@coventrydbe.org


Interfaith Week – 14 – 21 November

Inter Faith Week promotes mutual understanding and respect between those of different faiths and beliefs. This year Inter Faith Week starts on Remembrance Sunday and ends the following Sunday. The Inter Faith Week website contains a rich bank of resources for those wishing to hold events including bespoke materials for both Primary and Secondary schools that are designed to support the delivery of a locally agreed syllabus. There is also a Golden Rule poster on eleven different faith traditions, to download for display in a classroom or meeting room.  You can find the website here: https://www.interfaithweek.org/


Free Wellbeing Self-Care Resources for Schools

from the Anna Freud Centre

Learning how to look after ourselves and our emotions is crucial to our wellbeing. Developing good self-care skills means that in times of difficulty, we have a set of strategies that we know work for us and will improve our wellbeing.  In this toolkit, there are resources for children and young people exploring the fundamental principles of self-care – helping them to regulate their emotions, practice mindfulness or CBT techniques, and keep healthy and happy. There are also resources for staff and senior leaders, to help you fit simple self-care strategies into your busy schedules.  Click here to go to the resources


The Archbishop of York Youth Trust – Young Leaders Award

Free Twilight Webinars

 Introduction to Character Education – with input from the Jubilee Centre for Character & Virtues

Tues 5th Oct, Wed 3rd Nov & Tues 7th Dec 2021 – 4.00pm-4.40pm

Introduction to the Young Leaders Award, YLA

  • Primary KS1 – Tues 12th, Tues 19th October 4.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Primary KS2 – Wed 20th October 4.00pm to 4.30pm
  • Primary KS1 & KS2 – Wed 29th Sept, Tues 9th Nov, Wed 24th Nov 4.00pm-4.45pm
  • Secondary KS3 – Thurs 21st Oct 4.00pm-4.40pm
  • Secondary KS4/+16 – Thurs 4th Nov 4.00pm-4.40pm

To book a place visit  https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/events  Queries? Contact us on ytevents@abyyt.com



Springs Dance Company Offer ‘A Christmas Story: Refugee’ and

‘The Easter Project’ Workshops


Specialising in cross-curricular dance, in particular with Religious Education, Values and PSHE, Springs is offering its much loved 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 the 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.  Other popular workshops include Parable, Get Fit Go Green, You Are Special, The Selfish Giant and our Back to School Wellbeing Workshops. Further details on all of the workshops we have available can be found at  https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/index.php/join-in/schools-workshops  Springs can also bring magical dance theatre to you, saving you a coach trip and transforming your school into a theatre. To find out more about our literature linked, professional productions, please contact Springs – email touring@springsdancecompany.org.uk  or call 07876 752 910.


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