Headlines – 25 March 2022

Women of Holy Week Collective Worship

Three sessions of ‘Women of Holy Week’ collective worship prepared by Jen Jenkins are now available on the DBE website www.coventrydbe.org/resources – contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password


Thy Kingdom Come – Free Resources for your School

Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England writes:

“To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2022, we have 500,000 free storybooks for primary school children. This small colourful book has a royal theme and is based on the Fruit of the Spirit – faithfulness. Faithfulness is like loyalty, trustworthiness and commitment rolled into one, and the Queen has set an excellent example of this. Schools can order here for free (including free P&P) https://cheekypandas.com/free-book/  We are also providing assembly plans, activity packs, and take-home sheets for those that want them. The book is linked to one of the 5 animated TV episodes that we are providing to resource children and families this Thy Kingdom Come. These programmes have been produced by BBC animators to help children and families grow in their faith and learn about the bible in a format that will engage them most at a critical age for faith formation. The TV series and accompanying resources will be released on www.thykingdomcome.global/cheekypandas in time for Easter. We hope that you find these a helpful resource for your school.”

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.


School Anniversaries

If your Church of England school is celebrating a significant anniversary such as a centenary you can order a certificate to commemorate the occasion.  The certificate is signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury (President of The National Society), the Bishop of Ely (Chair of the National Society Council) and Revd Nigel Genders (Chief Education Officer).  Please click here to order a certificate. Orders should be submitted at least 2 months before the certificate is required.


Free Wellbeing Resources

Young children may be feeling some difficult emotions about everything that’s going on in the world. Creating a healthy and safe space for them to talk about what they’re feeling can be really helpful, letting them know they are not alone. Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) have produced a free Emotional Zoo resource which is designed to open up conversations about different emotions children might be feeling, especially after hearing news of the war in Ukraine, the cost of living crisis, the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and anything else they might be feeling anxious about. You can download it here.  See the work of TLG here.  Moving your body helps to release feel-good hormones and can have a really positive impact on the mental and physical wellbeing of your pupils. These free resources from Thrive have been created to help children and young people ‘spring into action’, enjoy moving their bodies and connect with nature. There are activities suitable for different ages and abilities.  You can also download the Thrive Easter activity pack, filled with lots of fun ideas for the holidays. Download the resources here.  Thrive is now a DfE quality assured provider of Designated Senior Mental Health Lead training for schools and colleges looking to embed a whole-setting approach to emotional health and wellbeing for all children and young people. Find out more about this or the Thrive approach for your school here.


Free Anti-Racism Resources for Schools from the Anna Freud Centre

Experiencing racism has significant mental health consequences for young people. That’s why all schools need to consider anti-racism as part of their whole-school approach to mental health. The Anna Freud Centre, have created a set of 10 free resources to help school staff understand the mental health impact of racism on children and young people, and to feel more confident in addressing related concerns.  The resources will help schools build a whole-school approach to anti-racism. They cover topics including:

  • how to support students who have experienced racism
  • writing an anti-racism policy and reviewing existing policies
  • holding cultural exchange events
  • how staff can improve their knowledge and confidence in this area

The resources were co-authored by the Anna Freud Centre and anti-racism experts Hon. Stuart Lawrence and BLAM UK. They can be worked through as a full set, but they can also be used individually, depending on which areas are current priorities for your school.  Find them here.


RE Resources for Teaching Islam by RE Today

With Ramadan less than two weeks away, watch this short (2 min) video by Fiona Moss of RE Today talking about how they can help support the teaching of Islam. They have tailored cross-phase Islam resource bundle offers, packed with high-quality, tried and tested practical ideas and activities for the classroom. The resources include essential background knowledge for primary and secondary teachers so that they can be confident when teaching about Islam.


Know Your Worth and Where You Belong – “True Belonging is a Spiritual Practice”

Talking about her 2017 book ‘Braving the Wilderness’ this 10-minute video of Brene Brown is truly inspirational. “Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness — an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breath-taking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wilderness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.”


What a Welcome! 

This is the heart-warming moment Spanish school pupils showered their new Ukrainian classmate with hugs on his first day of class in Madrid, Spain. The child reportedly arrived in Spain with his mother and baby sister to join relatives already living there. The boy’s father remained in Ukraine to fight under the country’s martial law.  As the teacher introduced him to the class, classmates gathered around and hugged him leaving him surprised and unsure how to react. He eventually smiled as the boys and girls all hugged him, with one boy returning twice for a hug!  Click here for the video (1 min)

Although he is yet to learn Spanish, he is already playing with his classmates and no wonder, after such a wonderful spontaneous show of love and acceptance. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18: 3-5

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