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Training and Events

Our courses – and we run nearly forty every year in addition to monthly drop-in sessions at the Discovery Centre – focus around those aspects of education that are distinctive within a Church school setting.

None of them costs more than £100 per person (for subscribing Church schools) and they are arranged at convenient locations in every area of the diocese.

Bookings are made through CPD Online (Schools' Choice) for most of our courses or you can contact Jacqui Studd.

A highlight of the course calendar is the Annual Church School Leaders' Conference in November (see below).  The purpose of the conference is to resource and equip Headteachers, deputy heads and governors for their crucial role in the diocese. One place is offered at half-price to schools that contribute to our subscription scheme - others from the same school are welcome at the normal fee. Book through Jacqui Studd.

Courses 2018-2019

Please click here to see outline details of courses planned so far for the next academic year.  Courses in the Autumn term are now on CPD Online and links to book on the courses are provided on the attached.  Any queries, please contact Jacqui Studd, tel:01473 298570.


Diocesan Service of Celebration for Church Schools

This year's service will be on Sunday 7 October at 5.30pm at the Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds.  The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich will be leading the service, which this year is based on the theme "I am the Gate".  A number of church schools will be taking part in the service and schools are invited to bring a banner to the service.  A guide for schools on how to make church schools banners is available here.

For more information about this event, please contact Jacqui Studd.

Annual Church School Leaders' Conference 2018

This year's Conference will be held on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at the St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich.  The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich will provide the keynote speech on leadership.

A programme of the day is available here

Schools which have subscribed to our subscription scheme are entitled to one discounted place at £50.00. Additional places cost £100.00 per person. Members of the clergy can use their CMD allowance.

Please contact Jacqui Studd, tel: 01473 298570 to book or with any queries.

Previous Conferences

Thursday 2 November 2017

 60 people attended our conference at the St Nicholas Centre on 2 November last year.

 During the morning, Stephen Fischbacher from Fischy Music introduced us to a number of songs aimed at helping children cope with
 cyber-bullying, self-esteem and anxiety, all issues which schools are dealing with.

 Andy Wolfe then introduced a range of resources produced by the Church of England’s Foundation for Educational Leadership. These will help   schools to think through leadership, pedagogy and theology and can be used on INSET days, at staff and governors’ meetings. They prompt   deep discussion about the CofE’s vision of education- Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good - please click here for further details. 

Feedback from the Conference was very positive:

Good to have time away from school to consider the vision and purpose of the school 

A fabulous day 

The day was very enlightening

Lots of ideas that will have a positive impact back in school

Thank you, super relevant CPD as usual

Great to have time to network and meet others from the schools in the Diocese

Wednesday 9 November 2016

This was a hugely successful church school leaders’ conference. Heads and governors from schools across Suffolk gathered at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich. Last year Phyllida Hancock from the company Contender Charlie drew out lessons in leadership from Shakespeare’s Henry V. 

Over 70 attended four workshops in the morning and pupils from St Margaret’s CEVAP in Ipswich led an act of collective worship after lunch. In the afternoon schools heard from several different presenters. Helen Matter outlined the national Church of England’s vision for education, then Jane Sheat updated schools on academies (see slides here) and finally three Headteachers, Andrew Frolish, Lorna Rourke and April Grimes described their work on school effectiveness. Feedback includes the following comments:

Inspirational and empowering

An excellent inspiring day

I really enjoyed the collective worship led by children

Probably the most inspirational course that I have attended

Stunningly inspirational

Inspiring and relevant

Highly inspiring and accessible

Very informative and helpful

It was all excellent

An excellent inspiring day

10 November 2015

The Right Revd Martin Seeley gave the keynote address on Leadership in Challenging Times. He spoke about vision, determination and collaboration. Bishop Martin recommended two books which he had found helpful: Ron Heifetz’s Adaptive Leadership and Edwin Friedman’s A Failure of Nerve.

Jim Davis, MBE, Head of Community Participation at the Children’s Society then spoke about the impact of poverty. Drawing on a wealth of experience of listening to children and young people from across the country, Jim spoke of the recent findings of the Children’s Society report “At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life”.

In the afternoon, Helen Matter spoke about the new resources available for teachers on Christianity in RE. Jane Sheat updated Headteachers and governors on the Diocesan Multi Academy Trust. 

Three Headteachers gave us impressive examples of best practice from their schools: Sue Todd from St Matthew’s CEVAP in Ipswich, Tamsin Little from Thorndon CEVCP and Cheryl Wass from Cavendish CEVCP. 

From the evaluations, it was another very enjoyable and useful conference.

The day ended with a presentation from Russell Stables from Parish Buying. This is the Church of England’s national procurement service, which helps schools, cathedrals, churches, and diocesan offices to make savings. They focus on IT hardware, telecoms and energy.