Headlines – week ending 27 May 2022

Coventry Cathedral’s Diamond Jubilee

A number of Diocesan schools had a wonderful morning on Wednesday taking part in the Diamond Jubilee celebration, marking 60 years since the consecration of Coventry Cathedral. Pupils from Coventry schools and International Cross of Nails schools formed part of the banner parade, joined in prayer, story-telling and singing during the powerful and moving service of celebration and thanksgiving.

The Most Revd Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury, The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth Bishop of Coventry and HRH the Duke of Kent were in attendance and met and chatted to pupils after the event.


Congratulations to Queens CofE Academy – Excellent SIAMS

Congratulations to Queens CofE Academy on their ‘Excellent’ SIAMS judgement. After an inspection on 4th May the inspector assessed the impact of Collective Worship as Excellent and that overall that the school is Excellent.

Key findings were that:

  • The deeply motivating Christian distinctiveness of this school drives every aspect of academy life. Its impact is to transform the lives of staff and pupils.
  • The inspirational leadership of the headteacher and her team ensures pupils acquire exceptional attitudes and values. These are life-lasting and life-enhancing.
  • Innovative and challenging religious education (RE) and collective worship provide a powerful expression of ‘love in action’. All pupils acquire a rich understanding of life’s mysteries.
  • Staff are empowered and affirmed in their delivery of the vision through the exceptional strategic leadership of the governors.
  • The impact of class representatives, known as visionaries, in driving the vision is exceptional. Their powerfully authentic modelling of the vision inspires and engages others and ensures it is embodied in learning, play and worship.

You can read the full report here. Well done to all at Queens for this exceptional achievement.


Flags of Value at St Andrew’s Infants

All the children at St Andrews CofE Infant School have been busy making flags that represent the values of their school (Peace, Respect and Responsibility). Their designs depict the ways the children demonstrate these values both in school and outside of school.  A panel was invited to select the five best designs from each class and these were then made out of fabric and put together to display in school.  There were some very creative designs.


A Special Royal Appearance at Blue Coat!

Pupils from Blue Coat CofE School were featured in an article about attitudes to the Monarchy in the Sunday Times last week. In response to this, and the forthcoming Platinum Jubilee, the Queen made a special appearance around the school and pictured here with Headteacher Vicki Shelley.


Headteacher Wellbeing – ‘When the blows keep on coming…’

Do you find yourself in a season where the challenges, obstacles or pressures feel relentless? Where the blows keep coming and you find yourself wondering, are the things you are trying to achieve foolish? futile? Or are you just aiming too high, dreaming too big for your school, children, community and/or team? Here’s an encouragement from Dr Kate Middleton, and three things we can learn from a season Paul and the apostles also hit frustration after frustration – and find themselves in a dark place. Click here to watch this 10 min video.


SACRE YouTube Links for RE CPD

SACRE RE training has been online for last two years, so they have built up a collection of recordings. These are housed ‘unlisted’ on the Coventry SACRE YouTube Channel.  You will find a whole host of other videos there too, including those made by SACRE members for classroom use. The CPD recordings available to you are as follows:

Two key drivers for RE Encounter and Enquiry – part 1, part 2 and part 3


Pop UK FREE Song Bank for Primary Schools

Pop UK’s unique free song bank for primary schools gives you access to over 60 songs and accompanying resources. The songs reinforce the ethos and values of your school and contain thoughtful and inspiring lyrics for assemblies and PSHE lessons. With the awfulness of what’s going on in the world at the moment, children need to have confidence to hold onto hope for the future, so the song ‘a better day will come’ is currently one of their most popular.  You can sign up to the free song bank on their website: https://www.popuk.org/members


Empathy Day 09 June – Download your FREE School Toolkit

Empathy Day was founded in 2017 as part of a mission to inspire the rising generation and to drive a new empathy movement. Empathy is a vital human force which has come into sharp focus during the pandemic and we’ve never needed it more. Empathy Day aims to help everyone understand and experience the transformational power of empathy through stories. Scientists say that we can train our brain with stories – the more you empathise with characters, the more you understand other people’s feelings.

Each Empathy Day, Empathylab run online events and fun home-based activities to help children read, connect and act using empathy. Authors, illustrators, schools, libraries, and families across the UK take part, supported by downloadable toolkits for schools and families.

On the day there will be a super-charged morning of Empathy Superpower activities packed full of your favourite authors and illustrators – ready to stream into your classroom, assembly, library or home. Each session features a short video (5-10 minutes) of authors and illustrators helping you to complete an activity in the Empathy Superpower Challenge, which you can use as the basis for your Empathy Day activities. In addition to streaming live on this page on 9 June, all of the amazing video content will also be available to watch on-demand at a time that suits you on the EmpathyLab YouTube channel.

The full line up can be found here. Read more about the Empathy Superpower Challenge here.  Found out more on the EmpathyLab website: https://www.empathylab.uk/empathy-day-LIVE-2022


For Your Nursery – ‘The Girl Who Grew Up to be Queen’

A Happylands Platinum Jubilee animation, made in partnership with The Entertainer and Hope for Every Home, has been made so that the under-fives in your community can be introduced to the Queen and her Christian faith.  Watch the 7-minute animation here


Views of Reception and EYFS Teachers Requested for Research into the Effects of Reception Baseline Assessment on Classroom Practice 

 Lucy Kaufmann, an Early Years teacher and MA Early Years student is inviting reception and EYFS teachers to participate in this exciting, small-scale research project in partnership with UCL Institute of Education, ranked number one globally for education. Lucy is currently studying for an MA in Early Years Education, and this research will form the basis of her dissertation. An EYFS teacher for 17 years, she has an interest in how Early Years policy is changing practice, influencing young children’s early learning experiences and re-shaping the role of the teacher. The purpose of the study is to capture teacher’s and leader’s perceptions and experiences of administering the Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) to further understand how it effects classroom practice and children’s first experiences of school. Further information about the project can be requested from Joanne Evans at the DBE to help you make an informed decision about participation.


Have a restful half term

The next Headlines will be issued on 10 June 2022




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