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 2022-2023

An overview of our training provision for the next academic year, by subject and date is available below:

Courses by subject | PDF

Courses by date | PDF

Details of upcoming courses for the Autumn term
Please click on the course title for more information. All courses will be via Zoom unless stated.

November 2022:

SIAMS: are you ready? Monday 28 November, 9.30am - 3.00pm
Courageous Advocacy Tuesday 29 November,  9.30am - 12.00pm
Leading a Church School for Heads and aspiring Heads: Part One Thursday 1 December,  4.00 - 5.30pm

December 2022:

Monitoring for Governors Wednesday 7 December, 4.00 - 5.30pm

Details of courses for the beginning of the Spring term

January 2023:

New to Teaching RE Tuesday 17 January, 9.30am - 12.00pm
Being a Governor in church schools Tuesday 17 January, 4.00 - 5.30pm

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

Forums 2022-2023

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.

Heads' Forums are due to take place on the following dates at 1.30pm via Zoom:

  • Wednesday 18 January 2023
  • Tuesday 25 April 2023

Chairs' Forum are due to take place on the following dates at 4.00pm via Zoom:

  • Wednesday 15 March 2023
  • Tuesday 16 May 2023

On Wednesday 30 November, 4.00pm, there will be a session on academisation for Heads and Governors. This will discuss the implications of the White Paper in relation to full academisation by 2030. 

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

Admissions Forum

This is a new forum, which will be held termly and will provide an opportunity for those involved with school admissions to meet to discuss issues and be kept updated.

The first Forum took place on Thursday 29 September.  The date for the next Forum is Tuesday 24 January 2023.

For any queries or to book on any of the above, 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. 

Small Schools Forums are due to take place on the following dates at 4.00pm via Zoom:

  • Monday 27 February 2023
  • Monday 12 June 2023

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

Events 2022-2023

Diocesan Service of Celebration for Church Schools 

Details for next year's service on Monday 19 June 2023 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. This year's conference took place on Wednesday 9 November 2022 at the Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds with 41 Headteachers, senior leaders and governors attending. Our keynote speaker was Dame Estelle Morris, who gave an overview of how the current education system has evolved. Pupils from Eyke CofE Primary played string instruments and sang in the cathedral itself and the Headteacher explained the school’s commitment to provide music for all pupils. The Headteacher at Ixworth CofE Primary outlined the school’s journey from its inadequate judgement to its recent good inspection outcome, and the central role of the school’s Christian vision and values.  Jane Sheat, DDE spoke about the DfE, the diocese and academies and Matt Fulford, founder of Inspired Efficiency spoke about energy saving and net zero. Matt works with the Church of England Education Office nationally. Gemma led our final session on schools’ Christian vision. 

The date for next year's Conference is Wednesday 1 November 2023.

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. Applications for programmes due to start in spring 2023 are now open. Please see Church of England Foundation for Education NPQ page for further details.  Deadline for applications is Sunday 19 February 2023.

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