Headlines – 28 May 2021

School News

Congratulations to Harris CofE Academy on their Silver Award RE Quality Mark

Headteacher Roberta Harrison writes, “We are proud to announce that Harris has been awarded the RE Quality Mark silver award. The RE Quality Mark is a nationally recognised award which recognises the delivery of high quality teaching and learning in RE.”  The assessor said, “The RS department at Harris is showing a genuine commitment to critical engagement with religion as a lived experience and has found some innovative ways of engaging with the diversity that exists within as well as between religions. The department is consistently and reliably meeting the criteria for the silver award and is making strong progress towards gold. Debate and discussion are particular strengths and learners are encouraged to think critically.

The Head of Department is enthusiastic and engages with up to date research and developments in the wider world of RE. Her leadership leaves the school in a strong position to respond to both the OFSTED report on standards in RE and the recommendations of the Commission on RE report.

Photo from the Rugby Advertiser shows Roberta and Head of Humanities Anneka Hurst with the award.

Pentecost at Newbold and Tredington CofE Primary

Following Jen Jenkin’s CPD on Pentecost, one of the delegates, Richard Ganjavi, a teacher at Newbold and Tredington writes, “We held a red themed non-uniform day to mark the occasion. Our Collective Worship this morning then focused on why red was chosen, and how the day is also known as the birthday of the church (as well, of course, as the focus on the gift of the Holy Spirit!). At the end of the day, the children all enjoyed some birthday cake, and the children in my class burst into an impromptu rendition of Happy Birthday to the Church! Was so lovely to see them embracing the occasion. A lovely day was had by all, and hopefully they will remember the occasion and the true meaning of Pentecost.”

St Nicholas CofE Primary, Kenilworth – Outdoor Classroom Day

St Nicholas enjoyed a whole school outdoor classroom day last Thursday 20th May – despite the horrid weather. The children and staff loved it!  Mysterious faces appeared on trees thanks to Year 2 who also tried ‘worm charming’. Reception were Barefoot Superheroes on a sensory trail.  Other classes enjoyed orienteering, gardening, working in our woodland area, outdoor fractions, making planters out of objects that would have been thrown away and planting wildflower seeds – Year 4 worked on magic squares using found natural objects to represent the numbers. Despite the blustery and wet weather staff and children thoroughly enjoyed spending the day outside, away from screens, Teams and other technology.


Newly Published Courageous Advocacy Guidance Document from the Church of England Education Office

The term ‘courageous advocacy’ is the only new concept in the 2018 SIAMS schedule. This newly published document is offered as a guide and a support to help schools, school leaders and SIAMS inspectors to explore the concept of courageous advocacy and what that might mean in the unique context of each school.  To see the full document, click here or look on the DBE website.

Collective Worship for Next Half Term Now Available!

For the second half of the summer term, we will be providing you with nine different collective worship sessions. Each of these links with a national or international awareness day/week/month.  The purpose of this series is not only to provide you with some ready-made collective worship resources, but also to act as an exemplar for how you might craft collective worship that moves beyond just the exploration of values and instead connects Bible stories with your school vision, your unique context and the things that matter most to you and your pupils.

The resources in the series are listed below showing the focus of the Collective Worship and what this links to:

  • Diversity and Difference – Pride Month June 2021
  • Fathers – Father’s Day 20.06.21
  • The Feeding of the Five Thousand – National Picnic Week w/c 19.06.21
  • Widows of the Bible – International Widow’s Week 23.06.21
  • The Bible – National Writing Day 23.06.21
  • Jonah – Day of the Seafarer 25.06.21
  • Global Christianity – World Population Day 11.07.21
  • Black Leaders – Black Leaders Awareness Day 18.07.21
  • Jesus’ Friendships – World Friendship Day 30.07.21

You will likely not want or need to use all of these. Please select the most relevant for you and keep the rest for another time.  Click here for the sessions or look on the DBE website (email alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the password)


Education Staff Wellbeing Charter

The DfE have just published the education staff wellbeing charter as a declaration of support for, and set of commitments to, the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in education.  All state funded schools and colleges are invited to familiarise themselves with the charter, and to sign up when it is available in the autumn, as a shared commitment to protect, promote and enhance the wellbeing of their staff.  The charter:

  • was created by the education sector to highlight staff wellbeing in the education sector
  • is a tool for schools and colleges to create, and publicly commit to, their own wellbeing strategies
  • is a declaration to protect, promote and enhance the wellbeing and mental health of everyone working in state education
  • includes 12 commitments on education staff wellbeing by DfE and Ofsted
  • sets out 5 principles of shared understanding on the meaning and importance of wellbeing and everyone’s roles and responsibilities
  • sends a message to everyone working in schools and colleges that their wellbeing and mental health matters
  • aims to improve wellbeing in schools and colleges by encouraging debate and accountability.

You can download the charter and other display resources here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-staff-wellbeing-charter

National Institute for Christian Education Research (NICER) wants the views of student teachers or first-year or second-year teachers in primary or secondary (science and RE)

They write – “We have had a good response so far, but we would like to hear from as many beginning teachers as possible so we’ve increased our prize draw fund. We know this term couldn’t have been busier in schools. However, this is an important survey shedding light on the experiences of beginning teachers and the results will influence resources and teacher education in this area. If you know student teachers or first-year or second-year teachers in primary or secondary (science and RE), please pass this survey link to them and encourage them to take 20 mins out of their busy schedules to complete it.

They can influence the way this important area is taught in the future. There are free resource guides at the end, 5 prizes of £100 vouchers and 10 of £50 vouchers. Thank you!”  http://tinyurl.com/nicersurvey – survey is open until 7th June.


‘Stretch, Smile and Grow’  New PSHE Resources for KS1 and KS2 From Flower Power

‘Flower Power! is a disarmingly simple story, thoughtfully told and beautifully illustrated. Yet this short book uses universal symbols and widely shared experiences to speak powerfully and directly of the transforming power of love in our lives. The accompanying resources carefully point to ways in which its meaning can be traced and unfolded for primary age children in particular, but its message of care, enrichment and growth is for all of us of any age. I warmly commend Caroline Wedd’s parable; born of deep personal experience, it can encourage each one of us in our growth towards fulness of life.’ Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave OBE, Bishop of Lichfield.

Flower Power Book is delighted to introduce a brand new PSHE resource for KS1 & KS2.  Stretch, Smile and Grow is a series of lessons for PSHE exploring a range of concepts – Resilience, Forgiveness, Respect, Kindness, Honesty and Self-Control. Each series title contains 7 lessons with questions, discussion points and printable worksheets in a clear progression giving the teacher everything they need in one place; there is an option to include the Flower Power! songs and music if you wish to enhance reflective activities, mindfulness and relaxation for teacher and pupil!

For more information and to see sample worksheets go to the website: https://www.flowerpowerbook.co.uk/


Free G7 Themed Edu-Pack (KS1 – KS3)

Gee Seven is a toe-tapping new song created by Sir Tim Rice and Peter Hobbs for Sing2G7 to share and sing with the world.  Click on the video to watch Truro Cathedral Choristers sing out their powerful musical message.  Truro School teachers were inspired by our vision to make G7 relevant to children everywhere. To accompany the song, they’ve created some wonderful G7 themed lessons for teachers everywhere to share. There is a variety of lessons for KS 2 (8-11 years), KS3 (12-14 years) and, coming soon, KS1 and Early Years. Modules including Exploring Leadership in PSHE and G7 themed English, Art, Maths etc.

Check out all the resources here: https://www.sing2g7.org/edu-pack


Have a restful and well-earned half term break.

 The next Headlines will be on 11th June.


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