Headlines – 30 September 2022

Diocesan Racial Justice Logo Competition – Deadline Approaching!

Do encourage your pupils to enter this incredibly important competition offered by the Diocese of Coventry (Race Equality Advisory Group). 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 has been extended to 10 October.


SIAMS 2023 – A National Update – 03 November

All staff, governors, and clergy of Church of England and Methodist schools are invited to attend this national online session which will be led by the National Director of SIAMS. Dr Margaret James will set out the ways in which SIAMS will develop from September 2023, explaining what the developments will mean for schools.  Sessions will be led by Margaret James, National Director of SIAMS and David Tait, Deputy Director of SIAMS.  Here are the links to attend whichever session is more convenient for you. Please feel free to forward them to your staff, governors and clergy.


Reading Christianity Forwards: A Provocation for Black History Month

Recording Now Available

In readiness for Black History Month, Jen Jenkins delivered this session to explore the telling of Christianity forwards, so that the impact of Black Theologians and African saints can be fully appreciated and perhaps incorporated into your classroom work or collective worship for October and beyond. If you missed it you can watch it here. The accompanying resources are on the DBE website. Further resources on Black History Month can be found here:


Please Encourage Middle Leaders to Book This Half Termly Network…

Flourishing Through Leading: A Two-Year Programme for Middle Leaders – new cohort for 22/23

Tuesday 04 October – 16.00 to 17.30 on Zoom (No cost to DSA subscribers)

Led by Jen Jenkins, this two-year programme is suitable for anybody with a role as a middle leader for subject development or pastoral care. It includes twelve sessions; one 1.5-hour session per half term, conducted remotely on Zoom. The programme assumes that particulars around subject leadership, monitoring and curriculum development are already being covered through other CPD or in-school support and so will focus on developing middle leaders as people – nurturing them as leaders with a distinctively Christian focus, with Christian values recognisable through their leadership. There will be a mixture of input and reflective discussion at each session. (see further information on the course booking link above).


RE Subject Knowledge Training for ECTs

Natre are offering free monthly webinars for ECTs to help with RE subject knowledge.  These online sessions are FREE and designed to support development of subject knowledge skills. It will also provide evidence to meet the ECT standards. The first one, on 10 October 4-5.30pm, is on Islam. Register and see the full programme here.

The DBE is also offering:

Early Career Teachers – RE Subject Knowledge Programme

Run by Leicester Diocese and led by Fiona Moss. This programme is essential for all new teachers, whether starting a teaching career in a CofE school or community school. The recent OFSTED RE research report and the ECT framework are clear on the essential nature of subject knowledge CPD. RE is often a subject that teachers feel less confident teaching and this 2-year rolling programme of CPD will improve both RE subject knowledge and confidence. There is also the opportunity to complete gap tasks for a short self-study course through Teach RE.

The Intent of the RE Curriculum – 12 January 2023 – 16.00 to 18.30 – online via Zoom

What is the intent of RE in the curriculum? In your school?  What are effective teaching and learning strategies to implement RE in my primary classroom?

Religion and Worldviews – 19 April 2023 16.00 to 18.30 – online via Zoom

This session will explore different religion and worldviews taught in primary RE as well as looking at the effect our own biases can have on our teaching.  With a focus on Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and non-religious worldviews this session will improve subject knowledge and share knowledge rich teaching and learning strategies.

Cost: £40 for DSA subscribers  You can book here.


New School Admission Appeals Code in Force 01 October

A new School Admisison Appeals Code is due to come into the force on 01 October. There are minimal changes to what was in the 2012 Code. The main change is the option to hold appeal hearings in person or remotely by video conference or a mixture of the two.


World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2022

PopUK has a wide range of FREE resources to enable schools to support children’s mental health. Go to: https://www.popuk.org/mental-health-day


Free Online Platform – Supporting Pupils with an Eating Disorder

 School-age children are at a particularly high risk of developing eating disorders, with the pressures and transitions that come as part of school life among the possible triggers for these serious mental illnesses. Bullying, exams, difficulty adjusting to a new environment or way of working, and worry about the future can all affect someone who is vulnerable to an eating disorder. That means school staff are some of the best placed people to spot the early signs, and give pupils they’re worried about support to get better. The sooner someone is able to get help for an eating disorder, the better their chance of making a full recovery.  SPOT, (a platform created by Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity) encompasses interactive e-learning modules where school staff can learn more about spotting the early signs of an eating disorder and how to talk to a pupil who may be exhibiting them. There are spaces to ask questions and get advice from eating disorder clinicians with weekly drop-ins and forums. Additionally, there are downloadable resources on SPOT, including PSHE lesson plans and resources to use within lessons on topics, such as eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, and social media. On completion of the e-learning modules, a certificate is issued to the user to acknowledge their training!  SPOT is fully funded across the UK and is available to anyone who works within a primary or secondary school setting. Find out more through Beat’s website here: https://elearn.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/


An Introduction to Restorative Practices – One Day Training by Peacemakers

Peacemakers are offering an introductory course for those seeking to know more about how restorative practices look, sound and work in a school setting. The course is on Friday 11 November in Bull Street, Birmingham at a cost of £120. To find out more and book a place click here.  Peacemakers are part of the West Midlands Quaker Peace Education Project and their training holds the Restorative Justice Council (RJC) Training Approval Quality Mark (TPQM) and their Restorative Coordinator is an RJC approved practitioner.



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