Headlines – 8 October 2021

Middle Leaders Programme Starting Soon –  Please Encourage Your Middle Leaders to Book

Flourishing Through Leading: A Two-Year Programme for Middle Leaders in Church Schools of Coventry Diocese

Lead by Jen Jenkins, this two-year programme is suitable for anybody with a role in school 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 and nurturing them as leaders within church schools so that Christian distinctiveness is recognisable through their leadership. There will be a mixture of input and discussion at each session.  The twelve sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Knowing Yourself as a Leader
  • Learning to Lead
  • Managing Change
  • Curriculums of Hope
  • Flourishing Through Teacher Development
  • Effective Leadership
  • Taking Them with You
  • Wisdom
  • Risk-Taking and Ethical Decision-Making
  • Pastoral Care
  • The Nature of Power
  • Engaged Feedback

Dates:      02 November 2021 / 07 December 2021 / 25 January 2022 /  08 March 2022 / 10 May 2022 / 28 June 2022

Time:       16.00 to 17.30 – online via Zoom

Cost:        Free for DSA Subscribers

To book a place click here.


Headteacher Wellbeing – Video from Dr Kate Middleton

Feeling like there’s nothing in your tank?  Contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for access to the video in which Kate explains why this season is so emotionally complex, why you STILL feel so tired and not back to your normal self, and why things you normally would have thought nothing of, now can feel overwhelming or leave you feeling utterly drained. And she shares three things you can do to help your mind recover – and to start to feel back to normal again.


Louise Bomber – Author of ‘Know me to Teach me’ – Presentation on Trauma

 As part of the Church of England Foundation’s Trauma Informed Schools Network, Louise Bomber – Author of ‘Know me to Teach me’ and ‘What About Me?’ and ‘Inside I’m Hurting’ gave a fantastic and thought-provoking presentation about childhood trauma. Louise is a strong advocate for attachment aware and trauma informed interventions within education, as at present many pupils who have experienced toxic stress are misunderstood and even excluded from schools.  The hour-long video is available for you to watch for the next three weeks. Please do not share beyond your own school.  The link to the video is below – please contact alison.watson@coventrydbe.org for the passcode.



Archbishop of York Youth Trust – Free E-book

‘Community Matters: Helping Young People Lead with Character in a Post-Covid World’

The Community Matters eBook is made up of a series of reflections from experts in the education sector, focussing on the increasing need for the prioritisation of character education.  Over the past year, we have seen the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our children and young people’s education and well-being. Our authors reflect on the need for educating the whole child and provide a fresh way of thinking about character education in a post-Covid world.  You can download the e-book here:  https://www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk/projects/community-matters-ebook


POP UK – One Day Workshop for Pupil Wellbeing

One-day workshop – ‘Lift Up Your Voice‘.  A day designed to energise, boost and improve well-being.  Using our lively songs we will reflect on how to manage our feelings and support ourselves and others.  Delivered online or in school providing positive PSHE outcomes:

  • 2 teachings sessions for different groups exploring the benefits of strong mental health
  • an afternoon of rehearsal an/or recording
  • a celebration assembly, either performed live or recorded to share with your school community

Virtual Workshop – £225

In School Workshop – £395

Contact: andysilver@popuk.org or Tel: 0161 789 6043


Thrive – Free Wellbeing Kits for Children and Young People

This Sunday, 10 October, is World Mental Health Day – an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of emotional health and mental wellbeing.  Meeting children and young people’s social and emotional needs at the right time in their development can significantly contribute towards good mental health in adulthood, enabling them to manage their emotions, form and maintain good relationships, access learning, and cope with life’s ups and downs.  Thrive wellbeing kits are full of activities recommended in Thrive practice to support the social and emotional development of children and young people, including mindfulness, creative expression and connecting with nature.  The kits are tailored for pupils up to 7, 11 and 16 years old with age-appropriate activities that can be completed on their own or with an adult.  Find them here: https://www.thriveapproach.com/resources/


Coventry City of Culture – Lost Lending Library

Key Stage 1 & 2

From Monday 1 to Friday 5 November, children from Years 2 to 6 are invited to visit

The Lost Lending Library for a school trip like no other.  Children will learn the power of storytelling and develop their literacy and oracy skills, and their experience can inspire future lessons at school. A magical travelling library that celebrates books and the journeys they take us on.  Arriving in Coventry for the first time, The Lost Lending Library is searching for young story writers to help reach its next destination. Landing at the Drapers’ Hall, visitors are invited inside one of the library’s many departments. Filled with books and curiosities, one empty shelf waits for new stories. A feast for young imaginations, this immersive experience for children aged 6-11 years and their parents or carers will inspire a lifetime of reading and writing.  The Lost Lending Library by Punchdrunk Enrichment is suitable for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, with children aged 6-11.  School shows are at the following times:

  • Monday 1 November 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.40pm
  • Tuesday 2 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm
  • Wednesday 3 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm
  • Thursday 4 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm
  • Friday 5 November 9.30am, 10.10am, 10.50am, 1pm, 1.40pm

Each school show will accommodate up to 18 people.  The cost of a school show is £75.  If you wish to bring fewer than 18 people to a show, the cost is £5 per pup  For further information click here: https://coventry2021.co.uk/what-s-on/the-lost-lending-library/


Peace Pledge Union – White Poppy Remembrance Resources for Primary and Secondary

Find them here: https://www.ppu.org.uk/education


‘Broken Angel’ Installation Now at Coventry Cathedral

 Transforming a fractured past into a shared future, Broken Angel is a series of new site-specific installations to temporarily replace the Angel of the Eternal Gospel at Coventry Cathedral.  The original window, part of John Hutton’s great glass West Screen, was destroyed in an act of vandalism in 2020 and has been left as a blank pane of glass since. Broken Angel is Coventry Cathedral’s creative response to filling the space.  Broken Angel will feature three different artists between November 2021 and the end of 2022, starting with Anne Petters. Her stunning installation of a broken piece of window glass will be magnified and projected onto the screen where the original Angel used to be, appearing as an abstract reflection of an angel’s wing.  Originally from Dresden, one of Coventry’s twin cities, Anne’s installation responds to the destruction of the glass and Coventry Cathedral’s response of hope and reconciliation.  Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Coventry Cathedral.


This event is Free.  Coventry Cathedral Opening Times: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm – 3pm Sunday




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