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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 1st 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 Summer 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 summer 2017 courses.


    Church School RE Subject Leaders - 7 June 2017
    An important conference and update session to include the official launch of the completed Emmanuel Project.
    Conference Organiser: Helen Matter  with Guest Speaker – Bishop Martin

    Outline of day:

    9.30am – 12.00pm:  VA schools / CofE academies 
    Training on the 7 additional KS2 Christianity units – for the RE Subject leader or KS2 teachers who will need them.  

    12.30 - 1.30pm:   Lunch

    1.30 – 4.30pm: All church school RE Leaders
    Conference and update for all church school subject leaders, and, where possible, their ‘shadows’.  There will be information on:
    •    New requirements for SIAMS 
    •    The renewed Statement of Entitlement for RE in church schools
    •    Short seminars / table groups by leading teachers
    •    Review of the Emmanuel Project so far
    •    Displays of children’s work from the first two years of the Emmanuel Project.

    Bishop Martin will be present and will talk on the meaning and implications of ‘Emmanuel’.

    Venue:     St Nicholas Centre, 4, Cutler St, Ipswich IP1 1UQ
    Cost:     Half day £50 subscribing church schools, £100 all other schools / Whole day - £100 subscribing church schools, £200 all other schools

    To book, please click here.

  • School Leaders Conferences-+

    Our 2016 conference was held on Wednesday 9 November

    We held a hugely successful church school leaders’ conference on 9 November. Heads and governors from schools across Suffolk gathered at the St Nicholas Centre in Ipswich. This 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


    Next year’s conference will be held on 2 November.


    Notes from lthe 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.