Training and Events

Our courses – and we run about forty every year focus around those aspects of education that are distinctive within a Church school setting. 

Please see below for further details about our training provision, Forums and Events planned for this academic year as well as details about National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) on offer.

Courses 2021-2022

For an overview of our training provision for the spring and summer terms, please click here

Upcoming courses for the Spring term

All courses are 9.30am - 12.00pm unless stated and via Zoom

Basics of RE - Wednesday 19 January 2022

Admissions for Administrators - Wednesday 19 January 2022, 4.00 - 5.00pm

Roles and Responsibilities of Governors - Tuesday 25 January 2022, 4.00 - 5.30pm 

Basics of Collective Worship = Tuesday 1 February 2022

New to Teaching RE - Wednesday 9 February 2022

Assessment for Governors - Wednesday 16 February 2022, 4.00 - 5.30pm

Leading a church school: Part 2
for Headteachers - Tuesday 1 March 2022, 4.00 - 5.30pm
- for Governors - Wednesday 9 March 2022\, 4.00 - 5.30pm

Diving Deeper in RE - Thursday 3 March 2022

Are you SIAMS Ready? - Wwdnesday 16 March 2022, 9.30am - 3.30pm

Assessment in RE - Thursday 17 March 2022

Spiritual development in primary schools - Tuesday 22 March 2022

Monitoring for Governors - Wednesday 23 March 2022

Becoming the RE specialist: Part 1 - Thursday 31 March 2022. More information to follow

For any queries or bookings, please contact Jacqui Studd, tel:01473 298570.


Forums 2021-2022

Headteachers' Forum / Chairs of Governors Forum

The Forums, held termly, aim to provide an opportunity for Heads and Chairs of Governors to meet to discuss issues and challenges in schools.

The next Headteachers' Forum takes place on Monday 17 January 2022 at 1.30pm via Zoom.

The next Chairs of Governors Forum takes place on Monday 14 February 2022 at 4.00pm via Zoom.

For any queries or to book, please contact Jacqui Studd, tel:01473 298570.

Small Schools Forum

This Forum is aimed at Heads, Chairs and Governors in small schools and meets termly.  The next Forum will take place on Monday 7 March 2022 at 4pm via Zoom.

For any queries or to book, please contact Jacqui Studd, tel:01473 298570.

Events 2021-2022

Diocesan Service of Celebration for Church Schools 

Our annual Diocesan Service of Celebration for Church Schools took place on Sunday 3 October with the theme "I am the Resurrection and the Life".  Details for next year's service will follow in due course.

Annual Church School Leaders' Conference

A highlight of our year is our annual church school leaders’ conference for Headteachers, Deputies, Chairs and Governors. Next year's conference will take place on Wednesday 9 November 2022.  Further details will follow.

This year's conference took place on Wednesday 3 November 2021 via Zoom. The theme was Flourishing together and a programme can be viewed here.  

Over 40 delegates heard presentations from Charlie Green, Suffolk Mind on Looking after our wellbeing - the importance of emotional health for leaders; Elizabeth Howat, Archbishop of York Youth Trust on developing leadership in pupils; and Debbie Bennett on the Suffolk Children's University. East Bergholt CEVCP School presented on the school's experience of co-headship; and St Margaret's CEVAP School, Ipswich presented on the recovery curriculum and national wellbeing award. 

Last year, instead of a whole day in person, we held a half day on Wednesday 18 November 2020 via Zoom.  Over 40 delegates heard presentations from the Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison, Bishop of Dunwich on Who are we? Why are we here? How then shall we live? A Christian perspective; and Charlie Green, Suffolk Mind. on Mental health - how we can better look after ourselves and those around us. 

For any queries about our courses or events, please contact Jacqui Studd.

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs)

On 13 October, the DfE announced that it will fully fund all NPQ programmes.  The deadline for applications for programmes due to start in February is 17 January 2022.  Please see Department for Education and Church of England Foundation for Education NPQ page for details.

The St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan MAT, Julian Teaching School Hub and Unity Teaching School Hub are pleased to be delivery partners for the brand-new Church of England NPQs. 

These reformed specialist and leadership NPQs provide exciting opportunities for professional learning and are outlined here.

NPQ Leading Teacher Development (NPQLTD): facilitated by Unity Teaching School Hub

NPQ Leading Behaviour and Culture (NPQLBC): facilitated by Unity Teaching School Hub

NPQ Leading Teaching (NPQLT): facilitated by St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan MAT

NPQ Senior Leadership (NPQSL): facilitated by The Julian Teaching School Hub (Norwich)

NPQ Headship (NPQH): facilitated by The Julian Teaching School Hub (Norwich)

Additional Support Offer for New Headteachers (ASO): facilitated by The Julian Teaching School Hub

We especially commend the Leading Teaching NPQLT for Subject Leaders. Guidance and next steps are available here.

Contacts for further information:

Heather Hann for NPQLT

Helen Main for NPQLTD and NPQLBC

Susi Waters for NPQSL, NPQH and ASO.

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