Headlines – 22 October 2021

CPD Immediately After Half Term…

SIAMS Short – ‘Theologically Rooted – Understanding Your School Vision’

Weds 3rd November – 16.00 – 17.00 on Zoom

The school’s unique Christian vision is central to the SIAMS inspection question. This session will unpack this and help you and your school community to be able to easily articulate the theology of what and why you do what you do.  You can book your place by clicking here. Do book even if you may not be able to attend as you will be sent the recording automatically afterwards.

The Heartbeat of the Church School: Building on the New Guidance for Collective Worship

Weds 10th November – 16.00-18.00 on Zoom.

The CofE National Education Team released some new guidance for Collective Worship in May 2021, which was referred to during the refresher training, and we would like to offer an additional session focused on Collective Worship for developing this even further.  Book your place by clicking here. Do book even if you may not be able to attend as you will be sent the recording automatically afterwards.


Collective Worship for All Saints Day

Jen Jenkins has prepared teacher notes and an accompanying presentation to support you in celebrating the Christian feast of All Saints Day.  This will allow pupils to reflect on the lives of Christians from the past. It would link well with the collective worship series on ‘Service’ and ‘Mystery’ (the Christian Mystics). This act of collective worship could be done live, with each teacher delivering from their own classroom, or it could be recorded by the head teacher or senior leader and shared with each class or bubble remotely.  Find it on the DBE website here: https://coventrydbe.org/resources/ – contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password.


ICONS Schools – Training for Schools

Coventry Cathedral Education Team are offering staff and pupil training courses for ICONS schools next term.

For School Staff – Champions

This training is for staff in ICON Schools who are intending to take a lead on embedding their ICONS status so that there is ownership across the whole school community. The training will be delivered over three sessions: 18th Jan, 1st Feb and 15th Feb. 1.00-3.30pm.  The cost is £90 for all three sessions and there is a 20% earlybird discount if booked before 1st November.

For Pupils – Ambassadors

ICONS ‘Ambassadors’ is a leadership programme for children and young People to develop their understanding of Coventry’s unique history in the work of peach and reconciliation, they will learn the theory behind ideas of prejudice, conflict transformation, forgiveness and reconciliation and how to apply this understanding in a school context. They will also gain skills and values as peace-makers and reconcilers and how to plan for change within a school context. This programme takes place over four sessions.  You can see more information on the DBE website here: https://coventrydbe.org/resources/ (look under the ICONS Schools tab in general resources) Or contact Jessica Weale, ICONS Support Officer at Coventry Cathedral: Jessica.Weale@Coventry.Anglican.org


E-ACT Ideas Conference – Mental Health in Schools Watch the Recordings 

The E-ACT Ideas conference took place on 7th October with a focus on mental health in schools.  They were partnered with TES and the Anna Freud Centre.  Particular highlights were Professor Willem Kuyken speaking about making mindfulness work in any school, and Sir Anthony Seldon share his lessons in happiness. There are many more insightful videos to catch up on from the conference and you can see the session recordings on the vimeo channel here.  As a partner to the conference, Tes offered delegates a free copy of the special wellbeing issue of Tes magazine. You can read this here.  Tes’ free guide ‘10 essential wellbeing questions you need to ask your staff’ will help you to start meaningful conversations about staff wellbeing and see how your school compares on key wellbeing issues with other schools globally. You can download your copy and find more expert guides and articles to support whole school wellbeing in Tes’ wellbeing hub here.


The Kitchen Table Project

Just 50% of children growing up in Christian homes will keep their faith as adults. What many people don’t realise is that mums, dads and carers are the most important influence on children developing a faith that lasts. The Kitchen Table Project raises awareness of the role mums and dads play and provide the tools and support to help parents succeed in inspiring faith at home.  There is a free, online session on 3rd November 10-11.30am for people who are new to Kitchen Table Project. This event is for church leaders and children and families workers on the subject of engaging parents as disciplers nurturing faith at home.  For more information about the Kitchen Table Project go to: https://kitchentable.org.uk/  To find out more about the event and book a free place go to:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-to-the-table-tickets-186817194257



Opening 2023, Birmingham UK  The concept is really simple. A giant structure made of a million bricks. Every brick is an answered prayer. Point your phone at a brick. Your phone tells you the story.” —Richard Gamble, Founder.  17 years ago, Richard Gamble, a former Leicester City Football Club Chaplain, had a vision to build a national landmark which would bring prayer into the public consciousness.  Today, Christians from across the country have so far donated more than £400,000 in four weeks towards the construction of the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer on land next to Coleshill Manor. The Crowdfunder campaign was hoping to raise £1million in 40 days, with all money donated going directly to the building of the monument.  The Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will be constructed using a million bricks, each representing a prayer from a member of the public and its outcome. The aim is to ‘encourage and inspire people going through the storms of life’, said Richard Gamble, the project’s chief executive. The project aims to make hope visible to the nation. ‘The response has been amazing – a movement of people is being raised up across the UK. We have so many great stories – one church asked every member to bring their loose change and raised over £1,000; a local farmer is selling his eggs on the side of the road; and others have made contributions big and small. Everyone is doing their bit to make hope visible to the nation.’  Gamble believes the spiritual temperature of Britain has changed since the Covid-19 pandemic. A recent survey he commissioned revealed that 37% of 18- to 34-year-olds agreeing that prayer has a positive role in society, and that 51% of 18- to 34-year-olds pray, either alone, with a small group or at church.  Gamble says, ‘We’re not building this landmark to have something nice to look at. We’re seeking to provoke a national conversation about prayer and inspire generations for hundreds of years. Christians now have the chance to be a part of this movement. The UK has a rich heritage embedded in Christian prayer and while many will take the viewpoint that prayer is merely a false hope, a comfort blanket when you can do nothing more, let’s recognise the increased spiritual awareness our nation is currently experiencing.’  Being built between the M6 and M42 motorways, the Eternal Wall of Answered Prayer will be twice the size of the ‘Angel of the North.’ It is expected to attract 300,000 visitors per year, contributing £9.3 million to the local economy. Half a million cars will drive past each day and it will be in view of planes landing into Birmingham Airport. Once built, the project aims to generate over £30 million for charities and good works in the first 20 years of operation.  To find out more click here: https://www.eternalwall.org.uk/  For an interview with Richard Gamble about the leadership lessons he has learned in making vision reality click here.  The Rt Revd Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry is a member of the Council of Reference for this project – see more by clicking here.


We hope you have a restful and restorative half term 

Next Headlines will be on 5 November 2021


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