Headlines – 26.05.24

School News

Last month, Inspire Education Trust (including Blue Coat CofE School and Walsgrave CofE Academy) celebrated the awarding of UNESCO membership. This recognition signifies a commitment to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of cultural, educational, and scientific heritage and for schools worldwide, this achievement holds profound significance.

By embracing UNESCO’s mission of building peace through education, Inspire Education Trust demonstrates a steadfast dedication to nurturing global citizenship, fostering mutual understanding, and shaping a brighter, more sustainable future for generations to come. Ann Beatty the UK CEO of UNESCO presented school and trust leaders with certificates and they were joined by Dr Shahnaz Akhter a Research Fellow from Warwick University who has been supporting the trust in working towards the membership and various local projects, including the community Iftar event which took place at Blue Coat CofE School during March (see image below).

Information about the community Iftar held at Blue Coat was published in the The Coventry Evening Telegraph.



To Jen Jenkins, the DBE’s RE and Spirituality Officer who has been awarded a ‘Spire Award’ from Coventry City Council. Jen was nonimated for her outstanding contribution to the newly launched worldviews approach RE Agreed Syllabus for Coventry and Warwickshire.

Jen was cited as working ‘above and beyond’ on not only producing the ‘trail blazing’ syllabus but also bringing together teacher groups, organising training, balancing the views of faith communities and creating stronger relationships between the LA, SACRE, faith communities and schools.


Following the Headteacher Reference and Advisory Group (HTRAG) Meeting

The HTRAG met on Wednesday morning and discussed some of the current challenges facing school leaders. It was suggested that schools might have recommendations for Educational Psychologists (outside of the LA support), and any other bought-in services that you might recommend to colleagues. If so, please do let us know here and then we can circulate that out.


New RE and Worldviews Agreed Syllabus

The Agreed RE and Worldviews Syllabus for Coventry and Warwickshire has now been officially launched and is accessible to schools through SACRE on the Coventry Council Website. If you have not had the relevant information, contact sacre@warwickshire.go.uk


iSingPOP – Booking for Autumn Term

Do get in touch with Emma Kenyon the DBE’s dedicated iSingPOP worker for your free collective worship events, harvest workshops and a couple of Christmas workshop dates still left to book (first come first served!)

Emma is also delivering the new ‘Joy Seekers’ workshop which is available all year round and looks at what it means to look after our wellbeing. It includes learning two songs and a prayer activity, before joining together at the end of the day for a collective worship celebration assembly


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