Headlines – 8 July 2022

Headteachers Annual Conference – 1 July 2022

Despite instances of Covid and illness still affecting some of the attendance, we were thrilled that so many of you were able to attend the Heads’ residential conference last week. Revd Kate Bottley joined us for dinner and gave a fantastic after dinner speech which had us in laughter and tears. This carried on with her chatting to Heads late into the evening. The next day started with worship, beautifully lead by pupils from St Nicolas CofE Academy and iSingPop. We heard from Dr Margaret James and Lucy Moore who joined us from the Church of England Education Office talking about SIAMS and Growing Faith respectively. After a lunch on the terrace in the sun with beautiful views of the Warwickshire countryside, Ben Walden from Contender Charlie gave an impassioned and stirring insight into the influential leadership at play in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Some Heads left giving us sealed envelopes with their personal pledges from the day. We will post these back to delegates in January to remind them of this unique time out and what inspired and them in sunny Stratford in the summer.

Just a flavour of some of the feedback we received:

  • “The whole conference was super. Top quality content. Thank you.”
  • “Absolutely loved the Contender Charlie session – incredibly thought-provoking, moving and inspiring. What an amazing presenter.”
  • “Lots to take away and reflect on.”
  • “Lovey to see other Heads and catch up in person.”
  • “So lovely to have the dinner and night stay. Massively appreciated.”
  • “Revd Kate’s speech in the evening was fantastic. It would have been great if everyone would have seen it.”
  • “Time to be me and remember why I’m doing the job.”
  • “Such a restorative time – thought-provoking, values packed and wonderful to see everyone.”
  • “Great evening/day. A good chance to share, reflect and network.”

The presentation from Dr Margaret James on SIAMS can be found on the DBE website www.coventrydbe.org/resources with the password Education.


Church School Celebration for Dunchurch CofE Infants

Congratulations to Dunchurch CofE Infants who became a church school in September 2021 and celebrated this formally on Tuesday with an uplifting and special service for all the pupils and staff. Governors, DBE team members and previous staff members also attended. Reader Steve Cook lead the service with Bishop Christopher giving the sermon on Matthew 7:7. The pupils contributed responses, prayers and fabulous singing. Each class had produced values and vision paper chains which they offered up and hung from the maypole in the hall. The Bishop then blessed the pupils and staff with water which was excitedly received by the children and could be heard around the village! A really beautiful and special afternoon to mark the beginning of their church school journey and welcome to the family of Diocesan schools.


Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award at Coventry Cathedral

A fantastic morning of celebration at Coventry Cathedral on Tuesday with pupils from All Saints CofE Academy Bedworth, St Michael’s CofE Academy, St Paul’s CofE Primary Nuneaton, Stockingford Academy and The Canons CofE Primary. The schools had achieved their Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award with an ICONS perspective and each school gave a presentation on the work they’d done toward this. Pupils were presented with certificates from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust and schools awarded special reconciliation statues. Well done to all involved.

Big Gig for the Blue Coat CofE School Gospel Choir and Band!

Well done to the Blue Coat CofE School Gospel Choir and band, who led the worship at the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership MAT conference in Westminster on Monday.  You can see them performing here.


All Saints CofE Academy, Bedworth

Reflection Journal Showcase

Each class at All Saints CofE Academy Bedworth has a Class Reflection Journal which is used to collect evidence of the all the fabulous worship and reflection opportunities pupils have had over the year. These journals document ‘pupil voice’ in relation to current events in the news and Bible stories, and pupils are asked to apply their understanding of the school vision and values in the reflections. The journals are regularly commented on by visitors to the school as being an example of excellent practise in relation to pupils’ personal, spiritual, cultural and moral devleopment. Staff and children alike are incredibly proud of them. They have created showcase videos to share some of the examples. See them here: Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2.


Environmental Week at Leigh CofE Academy

Lyn Lee, Headteacher of Leigh CofE Academy writes: “We held an environmental week the week beginning 20th June. Pupils took part in a variety of activities in their classes and to enhance the school grounds, this included a gardening club to develop the Prayer garden. Severn Trent, Leadec staff and Mr Draper came in during the week to take Worship. We had donations from B&Q and Ledec, other local companies, staff and parents provided resources.

On Friday 1st July we held an exhibition after school to showcase the pupil’s work. This was attended by the Lord Mayor of Coventry and the Lady Mayoress along with the financial director of Leadec Claire, parents, carers, and pupils. Mrs Entwistle the PSHE Champions did an excellent job co ordinating the event.  The event was a great success and the Lady Mayoress and myself had a very enjoyable time, we were so impressed with the School and the Children. It was a pleasure to meet everyone. Councillor Kevin Maton – Lord Mayor of Coventry.”


RE Subject Leader CPD for 22/23 Available to Book through SACRE

RE Subject Leader CPD being offered through Coventry and Warwickshire SACRE for 2022-2023 is now available to book. See the various events available on their Evenbrite page here.  The events at a glance are:

  • 06 October 2022 – 4.30-6.00pm – Live: Orthodox Christianity Session 1: General Introduction of Orthodox Christianity
  • 20 October 2022 – 4.30-6.00pm Live: Orthodox Christianity Session 1: Orthodox Celebration of the Nativity (Christmas)
  • 10 November 2022 – 4.00-5.30pm – Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change- Rerun of Worldviews Approach to RE CPD
  • 17 November 2022 – 4.00-5.30pm – Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change- Rerun of Balance, Multi-Disciplinary RE
  • 02 March 2023 – 4.00-5.30pm – Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change – Diving Deeper into the Disciplines
  • 16 February 2023 – 4.30-6.00pm – Live: Orthodox Christianity Session 1: Orthodox Celebration of Holy Week and Pascha (Easter)
  • 24 May 2023  – 4.00-5.30pm – Microsoft Teams: Getting Ready for Change Fulfilling the Requirements of the Ofsted Research Report on RE


Rewild My Street

 For those pupils who don’t live in rural areas and are looking to the enviroment for their Courageous Advocacy or Young Leader work, Rewild My Street offers tips, insights ideas and inspiration for ‘transforming urban streets for nature’ across the UK. See their website: https://www.rewildmystreet.org/resources


End of Term Wellbeing Toolkit for Primary and Secondary

Because of the less formal timetable at this time of year, and the end of exam season for older students, it can be a good time to run some wellbeing activities in classrooms or outdoors.  These resources from Mentally Healthy Schools at the Anna Freud Centre, have activities to teach children simple relaxation and mindfulness techniques. They can continue to practise these techniques throughout the summer.  Primary and secondary toolkits can be downloaded here.


Summer Kindness Calendar – Free Download

 The Kindness Calendar from ’52 Lives School of Kindness’ encourages children to think about kindness over the summer holidays. The calendar asks children to complete a different kind activity every day for one month, and there’s also plenty of space for them to fill in their own ideas.  There’s even a colour key to record whether it’s an act that’s kind to the environment, kind to someone else or kind to themselves.  By completing their own Kindness Calendar, not only will they be helping other people, they will also be helping themselves…because when we’re kind it improves our own physical and mental health. There’s no downside to kindness!  Get your free download here.







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