Headlines – 25 November 2022

 CofE aims to double number of UK Minority Ethnic Headteachers in England

 The Church of England will seek to double the number of UK Minority Ethnic (UKME) Head Teachers in all schools in England over the next five years.  The (fully funded) ‘Leaders Like Us’ scheme, which is now open for applications, aims to equip UKME teachers with the skills for headship, and has funding to train more than 450 teachers by 2027.  Around one in every three students in schools in England are from UKME backgrounds, but there are fewer than 400 headteachers from the same backgrounds in total, out of more than 20,000 schools.  Research shows that the impact of teacher and school leader representation on students is significant; their attainment and likelihood of progressing to tertiary education is exponentially higher when students see leaders like them. Their exclusion and suspension rates decrease and future aspirations are also measurably lower. However, data shows that teachers from UKME backgrounds are much less likely to progress to senior positions within their schools than their white peers, becoming increasingly under-represented the more senior the role. A recent report from the National Foundation for Educational Research showed that rather than improving over the last few years, there has in fact been a decline in representation.  As with all Church of England programmes and networks, ‘Leaders Like Us’ is open to anyone who would like to learn and develop within a values-led environment built upon Christian foundations. The course is fully funded for teachers through a Racial Justice Grant from the Church of England’s Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (CMEAC) and has been devised by successful UKME headteachers, drawing upon their own experience to devise a programme which is grounded in research.


RE:Search Group – Not Too Late to Join

Just a reminder that the first meeting of the RE:Search Group this academic year will be next Tuesday 29 November 16.30 – 17.30 on Zoom.

This group looks at how educational research can positively impact RE teaching in our schools. Joining this group will involve committing 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.   For next Tuesday’s session, the brilliant Kate Christopher will be joining the group to share her research conducted with Lynn Revell on Teaching Islam as a Worldview.  There are two ways to engage with Kate and Lynn’s research before the meeting:



Book your place for the Zoom link here.


Alive Praise Party – June 2023 – Over 2000 Pupils Already Booked to Attend!

Over 2000 of your pupils are already booked to attend the Alive 2023 Praise Party at Stoneleigh in June next year!  Thanks to those schools who have been in touch – the DBE team are already working closely with the organisers and it promises to be an exciting and ground-breaking event.  Schools have been allocated a preliminary date on either 15 or 16 June so, if you haven’t already, do let us know you are coming or if you need us to send out the booking details again.  Once you have booked your coach for the ALIVE 2023 Praise Party please send a copy of your invoice to: cassandra.sutcliffe@coventrydbe.org  We will check your booking form to pick up the number of children you are bringing to the event and reimburse you £5 per child.


Resources for Celebrating Advent and Christmas This Term

Don’t forget to look at the DBE resources that you can use in your schools for the forthcoming Advent and Christmas season.  It includes collective worship, reflection ideas for your school environment, child-led collective worship, special prayers, links to RE, Art and drama etc.  You can find it on the DBE website with other collective worship resources.  Email alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password.


Church of England National Conference – ‘Flourishing Together’ 

27 January 2023 – London

Booking now open on https://www.cefel.org.uk/NC23/


Please Encourage Your Governing Board Clerks to Sign Up to This….

Appointing Foundation Governors – All You Need to Know

Monday 05 December from 19.00 to 20.00 – online via Zoom

For: Clerks, PCC Secretaries and anyone involved in the appointment of Foundation Governors.

  • Why have Foundation Governors and what is their purpose? 
  • What is the role of the Substitute Ex-officio Foundation Governor and when, how and why are they appointed? 

Led by Helen Gibson – Governance Officer for the DBE, this session will answer these questions and outline the correct procedure for appointing Foundation Governors starting with where they come from and who is responsible for finding them.  It is important you fully understand the processes so you are able to ensure that your governing body membership is lawful. Book a place here.


Strictly RE – Online Conference – 28 – 29 January

Hosted by NATRE, Strictly RE has become a key date in the diary for the RE community. With 400+ people taking part in over 25 online sessions, this event is a great place for RE professionals to come together to share ideas, gain new knowledge and further boost your confidence when teaching RE, as you will leave armed with lots of downloads, presentations and ready-to-use resources in the classroom. There will be something for everyone, from Headteachers and Senior Leaders to Primary Teachers and ITEs.  For £135, your ticket grants you access to:

  • Weekday sessions on the leadup to the main event
  • Join the 25+ online sessions across the weekend
  • 40 speakers including a keynote session with Mary Myatt!
  • Downloadable handouts and presentations
  • Giftbox full of goodies posted straight to your door
  • Access to every recording to stream at your own convenience

If you can’t make the live conference, recordings will be available to buy after the event, to use all year round at your own convenience – helping your CPD budget go further!  Conference details:

  • WHEN? Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 January 2023
  • COST? £135. NATRE members get £25 off. #JoinNATRE here
  • WHERE? Online – all from the comfort of your own home
  • FOCUSES? Depth, Diversity & Abrahamic Worldviews

Book your place today and join colleagues from across the country and leave feeling inspired, motivated, and equipped to teach quality assured RE!  Find out more information or book your ticket here.


Preventing and Supporting Staff and Teacher Stress –

Free Online Workshop from Worth-It Positive Education – Limited Places Left!

Preventing and Supporting Staff and Teacher Stress – December 06 2022 16:00-17.00  Limited places – register here

Teachers are under a lot of pressure these days. With larger class sizes and more demands on their time, it’s no wonder that stressed teachers are becoming more common. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution to workplace stress, there are somethings that teachers can do to help prevent it through understanding the causes and mitigating the impact of stress.  Join Worth-It CEO & Founder Liz Robson-Kelly to find out about practical and evidence-based, and effective ways you can support staff and teacher stress. Liz formally was module leader for Wellbeing and Work on the BPS-accredited Masters in Work Psychology at Loughborough University.  What will you gain?

  • Awareness of how staff and teacher stress impacts on student learning and achievement
  • Insights into how the senior mental health lead role can help prevent staff stress
  • Strategies to help your support staff and teacher wellbeing
  • Tips and ideas to prevent and support staff and teacher stress
  • Increased understanding of how spot and support staff or teacher stress earlier
  • Practical tips on how to use work psychology approaches to prevent and support teacher stress


Courageous Advocacy – Fair Trade and Climate Change

Free Education Packs for Primary and Secondary

Fair Trade Schools have produced Education Packs for both Primary and Secondary teachers to teach how the climate crisis affects farmers and workers overseas. Through the materials in this pack, young people will have the opportunity to discover how their choices can impact people around the world, but also the planet that we live on.  In the packs, you will find…

  • Assembly Plans
  • Lesson Plans
  • Fairtrade and Climate Quiz
  • Home Learning Grid
  • Meet the farmers

Find the packs and other resources on their website here.

Free Videos to Explain Climate Change at Primary from Earth Cubs

Bringing climate change into the primary classroom can be pretty tough! From greenhouse gases to fossil fuels; finding a way to explain it in a child-friendly manner is difficult.  Earth Cubs can help. Our latest video is hosted by ‘Nigel the Nervous Narwhal’ who talks all about climate change, how it affects the planet and most importantly of all, how we can all help. Lots of incredible footage and fun facts help to explain this complex topic in an easy to digest way, even bringing in some jokes guaranteed to cause a giggle or two!  There are a number of ways you could integrate this video into your classroom teaching. It could be used for courageous advocacy or in topics such as geography, global citizenship or science. Even think about using this in a literacy lesson as a catalyst to start a discussion on climate change and how the pupils feel about it.  Watch Nigel here (7 mins).  See other Earth Cub’s free resources on their website: https://earthcubs.com/resources


Congratulations to Jaz Ampaw-Farr

‘Speaker of the Year 2022’ and Good News if You’re Looking to Inspire your ‘Everyday Heroes’ for Inset Day

 For those of us who remember Jaz’s amazing keynote speeches at our previous Headteacher Conferences it may come as no surprise that she won several awards including ‘Speaker of the Year 2022’ last week.  Jaz writes…

From Broken to Beyoncé

Staring at my name on the screen, my mind flashed back to the journey from a neglected little girl, locked in a basement, scared and alone…

  • To a runaway teen, full of self-hate and anger towards any adult who tried to help her…
  • To a young adult riddled with imposter syndrome and a fear that she would never belong…
  • To Now. To ‘The Speaker of the Year 2022’

It’s the impossible made possible.

Have you seen the John Lewis Christmas advert? That’s exactly how my trajectory was interrupted. Everyday Hero teachers, social workers, foster carers and a cast of accidental saviours – ordinary people who with small acts of kindness change someone’s life. In my case it was adults in school.

Living Proof of The Impact Leaders Have

My keynotes on human-first leadership, ambitious resilience, radical wellbeing and diversity & belonging inspire people in all industries to take action and make positive change.  In education, they remind people who are overwhelmed with the demands of their job how much difference they actually make and thank them in a way that makes them feel valued.  Nowadays my schedule doesn’t allow me to visit individual schools so I am releasing my fantastic 60-minute signature keynote that can be shown to staff as a Christmas pressie, at the beginning of the January training day and anytime up to Feb half term.


Yeap it’s the love letter that educators need after a difficult three years.


Everyday Heroes and the difference that leaders, teachers, TAs, reception staff and all adults in school can bring to young lives.


Email us, receive an invoice, pay it and you have password access to the video keynote from the 6th December 2022 to 28th Feb 2023. Watch it as many times as you like, as a group or individually and you can share it with governors and other staff too.


  • How five teachers (and one disorganised pimp) saved my life
  • The perils of being a teacher while on Blind Date
  • Jazlow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • The three ways adults broke through the ice around my heart and can do the same for young people today
  • Basically, it makes anyone invested in helping others laugh, cry and leave on a high.


No, but it’s engaging, and emotive and has already made hundreds of Everyday Heroes laugh, cry and leave on a high. It’s me at my interactive-video best! (Did I mention I’m the Speaker of The Year?!)


I mentioned this was a Christmas pressie, right? It’s considerably cheaper than having me in person at only £445 per school with a percentage of the profits going to funding school breakfast clubs.


Individual Infant, Junior, Primary, Secondary schools, 6th Forms, FE and HE. State, private, international – there are no restrictions as long as it is for one school/organisation rather than a conference. If you’re not sure, just ask.


Simples! Email us. Perfect if you’re in school and want to share me with your team, or want to do something much better than give Old Spice and last year’s tombola wine as a gift for your child’s school!

My best, Jaz

PS Click here to hear me sharing the story of the magical night and also see my acceptance speech.


From Laughology

What can we learn from Cristiano Ronaldo about building positive relationships with others?

“Yesterday, Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United with immediate effect. Now, as a teacher struggling through a pile of marking and a to-do list as long as your loo roll, the plight of a multi-millionaire footballer might not have you reaching for a hanky anytime soon.  But hear us out. Ronaldo’s recent behaviour – both on and off the pitch – can teach us the importance of building positive relationships with those you work with and highlights the impact of poor relationships on everyone involved.”  Read Laughology’s (3 minute) blog here.

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