Headlines – 18 March 2022

Peace Prayers at St Margaret’s CofE Junior

At St Margaret’s CofE Junior School children have been tying white ribbons in the reflection area to represent peace, hope and reconciliation in response to the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Classes have also written prayers.

The area is accessed via one of the playgrounds so it also gives families the opportunity to reflect, read a prayer and tie a ribbon at school drop-off and pick-up should they wish to.


Last Chance to Book for the Headteacher Annual Pre-Conference Dinner and Overnight Stay – Fully Funded

In order to know how many places, we will need for the pre-conference dinner, and for overnight accommodation (with breakfast) if you require it, we would be grateful if you could book your places for the evening of Thursday 30 June by the end of today so that we can make sure this is all in place at the hotel.  This is fully funded for DSA subscribers.  Book your place for the pre-conference dinner on 30 June here.


Get involved in the NATRE Spirited Arts 2022 competition!

Join hundreds of schools from around the world taking part in this year’s NATRE Spirited Arts competition. Winning entries will provide a good response to one of the 5 themes, and judges will be asking: Is it original? Is it well-crafted? And (most importantly!) Is it excellent RE?


  1. “We have far more in common with each other than that which divides us.”
  2. God’s good earth? (“Beautiful World, wonderful God?”)
  3. Searching for God
  4. A view of the world
  5. Celebrations: big days and big ideas

They welcome entries in any art form your pupils can think of, including:

  • Art (painting, drawing, sketching etc)
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Sculpture
  • Poetry
  • Dance
  • Drama

Pupils can enter individually, in pairs or groups, or as whole class, year or school entries. We have also been pleased to receive entries from whole community groups on previous years. You can get inspiration from previous art pieces by clicking here. All entries must be received before 31 July 2022. To find out more and enter click here.  Many schools host their own Spirited Arts competition and send their 10 winning entries in to our international competition. What a great way to engage all your teachers and pupils and raise the profile of RE in your school. To enable teachers to incorporate the art competition into their RE lessons, many schools have an ‘Spirited Arts’ unit of work, or a special learning RE/arts week.


Schools of Sanctuary

Schools of Sanctuary are a national network of over 300 primary and secondary schools all committed to creating a culture of welcome and inclusion for refugees and people seeking asylum. Driven by teachers, school staff, parents, governors and community groups, this network supports the thousands of young people seeking sanctuary in the UK, raises awareness of the issues facing people in the asylum system, challenges misconceptions and builds social cohesion.

An accredited School of Sanctuary is one that has received recognition from City of Sanctuary UK or a partner organisation in the form of a Sanctuary Award for its good practice in fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion. To be eligible for the award, schools must demonstrate that they have implemented three key principles:

  • LEARN Schools help their students, staff and wider community learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary and the issues surrounding forced migration.
  • EMBED Schools are committed to creating a safe and inclusive culture of welcome that benefits everybody, including anyone in their community seeking sanctuary.
  • SHARE Schools share their values and activities with their local communities.

To find out more – go to their website: https://schools.cityofsanctuary.org/


Ukrainian Traditions and Customs for Trinity Sunday

For examples of Christianity around the world, this is a useful and topical website flagged up by one of our Headteachers: https://ukrainian-recipes.com/trinity-sunday-ukrainian-traditions-and-customs.html


Collective Worship Resources

Don’t forget that the DBE website has Collective Worship resources for Holy Week and previous terms themes such as Christian Mystics, Service and Reconciliation etc. You can find them here: https://coventrydbe.org/resources/ – email alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password


Earth Month – Free Courageous Advocacy Resources

The Dirt Is Good Schools Programme is dedicating the entire month of April to celebrate and take action for Earth Day, which is taking place on April 22nd. They are calling for Changemakers across the UK to come together, unite in compassion and take collective action for our Earth!  Future Foundations have created free, educational, and action-orientated resources, that will empower young people (aged 7-14) to make positive environmental change, no matter how big or small. They have been designed for schools, youth groups and parents to deliver to young people, and can be used during school/group time or at home during the Easter holidays. Click here to view the resource page  Dirt is Good are going to talk more about their free courageous advocacy resources and how you can use them at our Headteacher Briefing on 19th May. We’ll send more information soon.


Fantastic Science and Religion Resource from The Faraday Institute

The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion has 3 websites: ‘Faraday Kids’, for 2-11 year olds, ‘Faraday Teens’ for 11-18 year olds, and ‘Faraday Educators’ for grown-ups who want to help young people explore science-religion questions. The Faraday Institute is linked to University of Cambridge. They started in 2006 (as part of St. Edmund’s College) and are now an independent charitable organisation and a member of the Cambridge Theological Federation. From research, and their work, they know that lots of children and young people have big, exciting questions about how science and religious faith interact. But it isn’t always easy for teachers, parents and others to find time and resources to help young people explore these ideas. They are working hard to provide ways for children, young people and those who influence them to explore their big questions. They think this is really important because these big questions impact how people think about life, and that thinking can affect the way we shape the world we live in as we grow up. Links to the websites are above.


God and the Big Bang – Half Day Workshop in Your School?

God and Big Bang recently ran a pilot science-faith festival in Ely Diocese, where they visited 9 schools over 4 days, delivering a shorter version of the usual workshop days in each. With this festival model, they are particularly focussing on smaller, rural schools who may usually struggle to access events. They are asking whether groups of schools or MATs would like to take up this opportunity at a cost of £5 per pupil. The half day would include:

  • Two interactive workshops looking at different topics such as evolution, climate change and curiosity, giving students an opportunity to discover, discuss and debate where science and faith overlap
  • A Q&A session for the students to challenge the workshop leaders with their big questions

They would be looking to work with between 30 and 60 students at each school. They work on a reduced price and minimum numbers for this model based on the fact that the travel costs are reduced working in the same area for a few days, so they are looking for schools that are relatively close together. To find out more about the work of God and the Big Bang go to their website here: https://gatbb.co.uk/ If your consortium, group or MAT would like to take advantage of the half day workshops contact Sarah Moring sarah.moring@durham.ac.uk



Free 60 Minute Live ‘Human First’ Workshop with Jaz Ampaw-Farr

Have you ever been held back by our old friend, Imposter Syndrome? Or wished things were better but have been afraid to take the next step? What about holding back on making a change because of self-doubt?  “My Human-First Workshop is for everyday heroes who are ready to take control of their own stories. Give me 60 minutes and I’ll give you an insight into shifting your mindset to help you see past challenges and focus on opportunities. By the end of the workshop, you’ll be more confident, ready to own the truth about the impact you have, and redesign your life on your terms.”  The workshops are: 30th March 19.00 or 31st March 10.00

Find out more and book your free place here.


Transform your RE with Belonging and Believing

 Explore the real lives of eight children each from a different religion or worldview. The Belonging and Believing Project reflects the lived experience of individuals and communities and aims to inform, inspire, engage and excite children, teachers, and everyone interested in understanding and respecting diversity of religion and worldviewsThis set of beautifully produced hardback books for leaners of all ages, is an essential resource to support understanding of the diversity of religion and worldviews.  Each book focusses on a five-year old child within the family and includes simple text and full-page photographs to illustrate aspects of the child’s and family’s everyday life. This new series is a fresh and much needed resource for teaching religion and worldviews. It has been produced specifically with 3–7-year olds in mind but is suitable for older learners also. These beautiful hardback books are available individually @ £14.99 or buy the discounted complete set of 8 books @ just £110 (saving £9.92) Find out more, or order them here: http://www.booksatpress.co.uk/belongingandbelieving.html

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