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.
A highlight of the course calendar is the Annual Church School Leaders' Conference in November (please see below).
For outline details of courses planned so far for this academic year, please click here.
Most of our courses for this term are on CPD Online and links to book on the courses are provided (see link above). Our twilight courses can be booked through Jacqui Studd, tel:01473 298570; also contact Jacqui with any queries.
Please click on the course title for further details including cost :
NQT RE - Wednesday 16 January 2019, St Nicholas Centre, Ipswich
This is an interactive and highly informative course which addresses the needs of NQTs. It will give them confidence and clear guidance on teaching this subject, including an introduction to practical material they can use in school. It will help them relate to a subject which plays a vital role in understanding the nature of society.
Hundreds of pupils and parents filled the cathedral on Sunday 7 October for the annual service of celebration of church schools. The Dean welcomed all the schools and Bishop Mike, Helen Woodroffe and Helen Matter each led parts of the service. The theme this year was one of Jesus’ sayings in John’s gospel: “I am the gate”. Revd Stephne van der Toorn and her guide dog Coco made this a memorable occasion as she described- and showed us- how Coco helped her to find her way. Pupils from Great Barton CofE Primary Academy danced to the Lord of the Dance and pupils from Great Whelnetham CEVCP and other schools sang the Lord’s Prayer. These annual services are always a joyful occasion, where we give thanks for the work of church schools.
Some feedback from the service:
I am writing to congratulate you all on an excellent service on Sunday. I thoroughly enjoyed it. From where I sat I could observe the faces of children, parents and teachers too – and everyone was totally enthralled throughout the whole service. I know that hours of work went into planning this and it was a success because of lots of time and energy from you all. Stefne was inspirational, the hymns were well chosen, the narration and ‘MCing’ was funny, the dancing was really lovely and to have 19 schools take part was an absolute joy. To have the cathedral ring with applause and laughter as well as songs of worship was really delightful.
Congratulations to you all.
To see the Lord of the Dance performance by pupils from Great Barton CofE Academy, please click here.
Next year's cathedral service will be on Sunday 6 October 2019 at 5.30pm. For more information about this event, please contact Jacqui Studd.
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.
Our annual church school leaders’ conference was held on Wednesday 7 November at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich. About 70 delegates attended, most of whom are Heads, Deputies or foundation governors in church schools across Suffolk. Bishop Mike gave an inspirational keynote address on leadership and Katie Staples, Schools Adviser in Bristol Diocese led an interactive session on Valuing All God’s Children. Katie wrote this national guidance for church schools on tackling bullying. Year 6 pupils from St Marys’ CofE Primary in Hadleigh led an act of collective worship after lunch. Afternoon sessions tackled bereavement and developing links between church and school and the day ended with Helen Matter looking at how pupils can be courageous advocates of change and social justice.
Jane Sheat, Diocesan Director of Education writes: “It is always a joy to welcome heads and governors to our annual conference. We aim to provide resources and support for schools which helps them to deliver the Church of England’s vision for education.”
The programme and presentations are available:
- For a programme of the day please click here.
- For The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison's presentation on Leadership with Dignity please click here.
- For Katy Staples presentation on Valuing All God's Children please click here.
- For Helen Matter's presentation on Courageous Advocacy, please click here.
Feedback from the Conference was very positive:
An excellent day thank you!
Bshop Mike was inspirational.
I am very proud to be involved in a church family that is leading the way on LGBTQ.
Thank you the sessions were really thought provoking and helpful.
An exceptionally well organised day with motivational speakers.
A really well-run, positive Conference - useful for church school heads and great for networking and informal idea sharing!
Next year's conference will take place on Wednesday 6 November 2019 - more on this conference will follow in due course.
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
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.
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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.
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