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Conferences and Training

Our courses – and we run nearly four dozen 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.

From 1 August 2016 all bookings are made through CPD Online (Schools' Choice).

A highlight of the course calendar is the Annual Church School Leaders' Conference in November (see below). 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.

Details of Autumn REQM Network meetings are available here.

Your first point of contact for information about Courses and Conferences is Jacqui Studd.

  • Courses 2017-+

    Please click here to see outline details of courses planned for the Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018 terms.

  • School Leaders Conferences-+

    Our 2017 conference is on Thursday 2 November

    A full programme for this year's conference is available here. There will be a keynote presentation from The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership (Andy Wolfe). Representatives from Fischy Music and Christian Aid will also be speaking. Several local Headteachers are also geared-up to speak about examples of best practice in their schools.

    The Conference is held at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich and bookings should be made through Jacqui Studd.

    Our 2016 conference was held on Wednesday 9 November

    We held a hugely successful church school leaders’ conference on 9 November 2016. 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. For more information about Contender Charlie, please see http://www.contendercharlie.com/about-us.htm

    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

    Notes from the 2015 Conference: 10 November

    The Right Revd Martin Seeley, our diocesan bishop, 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.