Headlines – 24 June 2022

Headteacher Conference Next Week

We are excited and looking forward to seeing over forty of you for dinner next Thursday evening at the Welcombe Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon and then nearly one hundred delegates for the Headteacher Annual Conference on Friday 01 July. We hope it’ll be a day of nice weather, worship, retreat, inspiration and a celebratory coming together after such a long time. See you there!


Good Citizen of Coventry Award – Congratulations…

Congratulations to DBE Board Member Sybil Hanson for being honoured by Coventry City Council with the Good Citizen of Coventry award. Sybil was presented with the award at the Council House on Tuesday and attended a special lunch with the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress, the Chair of the Good Citizen Award Advisory Panel and His Honour Judge Andrew Lockhart QC. Sybil was presented with a certificate which highlighted the significant contribution she has made to education in Coventry over the past 50 years.


New Headteachers and Senior Leaders?

 If you are a new Head, or are due to have a new Head of School, Headteacher, Deputy or Assistant Head, do book a place on the DBE online induction session on Thursday 15 September at 4pm. This is a chance to meet fellow new colleagues, share a cream tea together and hear about the work of the DBE and leading Church of England schools. Find out more, and book a place here.


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 26th September 2022.  We can’t wait to see what your pupils produce!


New Free Songs Available for Your Schools

Leavers Song – ‘Our Farewell Song’ from SongsforSchools.com

Called ‘Our Farewell Song’ and it won’t leave a dry eye in the house! Everything you need to do your own version is available from songsforschool.com including lyric video, backing track and sheet music. It will be a really special song for your Year 6 leavers or even for Year 2’s as they graduate to Juniors.  They ask for a £10 contribution for this download but if funds are limited please feel free to enter your own price or even £0 if necessary.  You can hear it here: https://youtu.be/b9eCKz8jlC4 and in the weeks to come it will also be available on Spotify/AmazonMusic/AppleMusic.

Celebrating Fullness of Life – ‘Life is always better’ from PopUK

A new song from their free song bank celebrating the Church of England’s Vision for Education: Fullness of Life.  You can listen to this life affirming song and get the accompanying resources from: https://www.popuk.org/life-is-always-better


Culham St Gabriel’s – Grants of up to £1000 Available

To celebrate their 10th Anniversary, Culham St Gabriel’s are looking to support 10 small innovative projects or initiatives with grants of £1,000 each to support and develop the teaching and leadership of religion and worldviews.  In addition, the Trust’s current priority areas include parental understanding of an education in religion and worldviews, pupil voice, engagement with local communities (e.g. worldview communities, local businesses or organisations), reaching the ‘unreached’ teachers, and initial teacher education. They also welcome applications with other themes.  Any organisation whose proposed project is aligned with their objectives can apply and this includes individual schools and multi-academy trusts.  The closing date for applications is 22 September.  For full details: https://www.cstg.org.uk/grants/celebrating-10-years/


Launch of the ‘Ordinary Objects, Extraordinary Journeys’ Website from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust

The Holocaust Memorial Trust, in partnership with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and the Jewish Museum of have just launched the ORDINARY OBJECTS, EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEYS website. An immersive and innovative website, it provides a unique and interactive experience, following the journeys of four individuals affected by the Holocaust, through an interactive map and objects belonging to them. Strictly for over 13s due to the nature of the content, you can explore the website here: https://ooej.org/


Schoolgenie Programme – Working with Headteachers and MATs

Teachers are some of the kindest, most altruistic and smartest people on the planet yet they can create some of the most claustrophobic and toxic cultures within which to work. Schoolgenie addresses this head-on and offers a solution.”  Jeanie Davies – Co-Founder of Schoolgenie

The Schoolgenie programme is year-long development programme with enables school leaders to transform themselves and their school culture. Through developing deep self awareness, listening, seeing and being skills, Genies become the catalyst for sustainable, trust-based change in their schools. Explore the programme below and attend one of their  webinars to find out how to get involved.  Where a staff culture is high in trust, research shows that people experience less stress, much more energy at work, higher productivity, fewer sick days, more engagement, better life satisfaction and 40% less burnout. Yet within schools, and the education system more widely, we are not equipped with the tools and mindsets to know how to build trust-based, humane, high performing cultures which retain staff and enable children to thrive.  If you would like to start developing a more trusting culture in your school or MAT, today is the time to start. Participants in 2021/22 have said it has been “transformational” “wonderful to have space to think” “joyful” “powerful stuff.”

Sign up to a Schoolgenie webinar to meet them and find out more.  https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/schoolgenie-webinars-building-trust-in-schools-400779

Webinar dates: Tuesday 05 July 4pm and Wednesday 13 July 7.30pm 

Further information on the website: http://schoolgenie.co.uk/


‘Rise’ a Christian Theatre Company – Touring with Their New Primary School Interactive Day ‘God’s Planet’

RISE Theatre are offering primary schools the opportunity for the whole school to participate in their exciting new day ‘God’s Planet’. Based on God the Creator (Genesis 1) ‘God’s Planet’ features original songs written by singer-songwriter Charley Pinfold, video workshops with songs and dramatic actions taught by the RISE team, a 3-hour art activity pack for teacher facilitated sessions, all culminating in an exhilarating interactive show for the whole school to join in. (Watch the trailer by clicking the picture above.)  Get ready for blast off! Each child becomes part of the story, joining character Kit on an exciting journey around planet earth – from the cold peaks of Antarctica, the depths of the sea, to the multicoloured rainforest and the never-ending awe of outer space! The interactive show explores the awe and beauty in creation and how we are a part of it – fearfully and wonderfully made!  All of the school will take get to take part in fun creative art activities, with simple step-by-step guides provided by the RISE team in advance, for each teacher to facilitate on the day. In-between classroom art activities, EYFS, KS1 & KS2 will join together for a rehearsal in the hall to learn original songs and dramatic actions facilitated by the RISE team, ready for the afternoon show – for hybrid COVID-secure options see below. The RISE team will be on hand to coordinate the day, working together with your school to create a memorable performance.

All information about booking and costs can be found on their website: https://www.risetheatre.co.uk/godsplanet

Back to news page