Headlines – 9 July 2021

All Saints CofE Academy, Bedworth

Congratulations to Ross Wagstaff a PE Teacher at All Saints C of E Academy Bedworth, who has been announced as the West Midlands Regional Winner for the ‘Active School Hero’ Award from UKactive Kids and Nike.  This week, the nine regional winners were announced from nearly a thousand nominees. The award aims to shine a light on individuals who inspire children to be active in what has been a challenging year for the mental and physical health of young people, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Following an interviewing process with the finalists, the national winner of the Active School Hero Award will be announced at a virtual ceremony taking place on Tuesday 20 July, featuring Paralympic Champion and ukactive Chair, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, and Team GB Paralympic champion, Richard Whitehead MBE.  Well done Ross! We watch this space for the final winner announcement.


Update on SIAMS Inspections (This was also emailed to Heads this Tuesday)

We wanted to pass along to you an update on the resumption of SIAMS inspections from the autumn term 2021. We won’t know exact details until the legislation is issued by the Government, but we do know that there will be no inspections until October 2021 at the earliest as SIAMS Inspectors receive updates and refresher training in September. We expect them to then work to conduct all due inspections in chronological order. Therefore, if you were due in March 2020 you should expect to be inspected in the Spring or Summer term of 2022.  The system is running 18 months behind schedule, so this may provide you with a rough estimate of when your particular inspection may likely occur. We will let you know more when we know more and will be available to support you as you prepare for inspection during the next academic year. In the meantime, we hope this news allows you to breathe a little more easily over the summer and to engage in some much-needed and well-deserved rest.


Church of England Professional Qualifications with full scholarship funding available

The Church of England (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service) will offer the full suite of NPQs to teachers and school leaders nationwide from September 2021. These include

  • NPQ in Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQ in Leading Teaching
  • NPQ in Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQ in Senior Leadership
  • NPQ in Headship
  • NPQ in Executive Leadership

Additional support offer for those within their first 24 months of Headship

In addition to the NPQs, the department is introducing an additional support offer for new headteachers from autumn 2021. This is a targeted support package for teachers new to the role of headship.

Please do take advantage of the funding available this year and encourage your staff. Closing date for applications is 25 September.  Full information can be found here: https://www.cefel.org.uk/npq/


Collective Worship

Jen Jenkins has produced another set of collective worship session for the autumn term on Creation.  Click here for the sessions or look on the DBE website.  The password for access to all the collective worship materials is Education


Headteacher Wellbeing Last Session Next Week!

Just a reminder that the last half termly session for Headteacher wellbeing with Dr Kate Middleton will be on Wednesday 14th July at 4pm. Book your place here


Exciting Addition to Next Year’s CPD Programme for Early Career Teachers

Two Year Programme – Subject knowledge for RE

Offered in collaboration with our colleagues at Leicester Diocese, this online 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.  Led by Fiona Moss of RE Today and the fee is £40 per academic year.

Year A (2021-2022):

Why RE?

Thursday 18th November 3pm – 6pm

  • A rationale for RE.
  • Why is this important subject on the curriculum so misunderstood?
  • What is your worldview?
  • What are the pupils’ worldviews?
  • How is RE taught locally?
  • Ideas and pedagogy to support you as you begin to teach RE.

Subject Knowledge: Teaching Islam and Christianity,

Wednesday 28th April 3pm – 6pm

  • What do pupils need to know by the end of Primary school about these religions.
  • What resources are available to support your teaching?
  • Strategies to support you to teach about key Christian and Islamic concepts in the primary school.

Year B (2022-2023):

The intent of the RE curriculum (Date tbc 22-23)

  • 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?

Subject knowledge in RE/Religion and worldviews (Date tbc 22-23)

  • 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.
  • What do you need to know about different religions and worldviews to teach in the primary classroom? 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.

To reserve a place for your new teachers, contact Alison.watson@coventrydbe.org  Online booking will be available soon.


Every Child Flourishing Event – Available to Watch Now

Over 3300 delegates signed up to Every Child Flourishing Event which was live streamed on YouTube. It was an excellent event with brilliant contributions from all of our speakers, including Betsy deTheirry, Louise Bomber, Professor Eamon McRory, Sir John Timpson, Luke Rodgers, Kate Silverton and the Children’s Minister Vicky Ford.  You can now watch the event on YouTube by clicking here.  The Church of England Foundation for Education Leadership hosted the event and have 17 dioceses signed up for the year-long learning journey. This represents at least 300 schools.

If your school is interested in further exploring the trauma and attachment learning journey you can find out more and sign up here:  https://www.cefel.org.uk/trauma/


Archbishop of York Youth Trust – Young Leaders Award

Across all key stages, the Young Leaders Award helps young people to develop the character virtues and leadership skills they need to “cope with life” and develop a sense of purpose, both during the ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, and once we emerge from it into a post-Covid world.  The Award allows character virtues such as kindness, perseverance and teamwork to be taught explicitly and implicitly through the curriculum and through experiential learning as pupils engage in social action projects to bring about positive change in the communities they belong to. Structured opportunities for pupils to work with people they wouldn’t normally come into contact with, and the opportunity to be of service to others, develops their confidence, resilience and community-mindedness. By empowering them to speak out about the issues of concern to them, and to know how they can take action, we let young people know their opinion matters.  Find out more by clicking here.


Free Wellbeing Activities for the Summer Holiday from Thrive

Challenge the children and young people in your setting to look after their wellbeing over the holidays with Thrive’s 6 weeks of summer!  The resource is full of activities recommended in Thrive practice to support social and emotional development.  To complete the 6-week challenge, choose one, two or three activities to complete each week and tick them off as you go. Each week has a different theme, including nature, mindfulness, art and kindness. Tick off every week and download a free certificate at the end.  Download Thrive’s 6 weeks of summer here


Picture News – September Joining Offer for CofE Schools

From September Picture News will be producing a weekly collective worship document, sent alongside our usual pack every Friday for all Church schools. This will be written by Anthony David, an Executive Headteacher of two London CofE schools. Please find a sample of this below for you to see the layout.  To launch this, they have a special joining price (available until Fri 16th July)  1-year online (via email every week with full access to Picture News Online):   £100 (usually £150)  Sign up to the offer contact by emailing: help@picture-news.co.uk

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