Training and Support

image from LifePathThe Education Department aims to empower churches and schools through support and training.  We offer a range of courses designed to meet the needs of our church schools, including by equipping them with the tools to identify and develop their Christian distinctiveness and ethos.

Training for academic year 2017/18:

The course booklet for 2017/18 can be found at: Diocese of Gloucester Education Course Booklet 2017/18

The course calendar for 2017/18 can be found at: Diocese of Gloucester Course Calendar 2017/18

To book onto the courses, please click on the ‘Book in at:’ links below…

 

Exploring the Christian character of church schools

(1 evening session run 3 times during the year)

This course gives governors an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the special and distinctive nature of church schools, and their roles and responsibilities within them. It provides an opportunity to explore how governing body responsibilities can be used to enhance and develop the Christian character of a church school. Information is provided on governor monitoring strategies, SIAMS inspections and the role of ethos committees. This course is valuable for both new and experienced governors.

A 19/10/2017 6:30pm- 9:00pm

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book in at: Exploring the Christian Character of Church Schools Session A

 

B 08/02/2018 6:30pm-9:30pm

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book at: Exploring the Christian character of church schools Session B

 

C 24/05/2018 6:30-9:30pm

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book in at: Exploring the Christian character of church schools Session C

 

New to working in a church school?

(Half day course)

This half day course is offered to teachers, support staff, business managers and administrators who are new to working in a church school environment. It will address in general terms the distinctive nature of a Church of England school. It will cover:

What is different about RE in a church school?

How is collective worship different from assembly?

What is a SIAMS inspection?

What is the difference between a voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and community school?

How do Church of England academies fit in?

12/10/2017 1:30pm-4pm

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book in at: New to working in a church school?

 

Introduction for new headteachers

(2 half day sessions run 3 times during the year)

This essential induction takes place over two afternoon sessions. Choose option A, B or C.  The first session aims to provide an overview of the people and support available to new headteachers. You will meet the Education Team, learn about the resources available to support you in your work and develop your understanding of what it means to lead a church school. The second session is focussed on providing an overview of SIAMS. It will help you, as a new headteacher, to understand the things you will need to consider as you take up your role.

A – Introduction for new headteachers (2 half day sessions)

A1 27/09/2017 Introduction for new headteachers 1:30pm-4pm (Session 1)

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

A2 08/11/2017  Introduction for new headteachers 1:30pm-4pm (Session 2)

Venue: Committee Room, Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book in at: Introduction for new headteachers – A sessions

 

B – Introduction for new headteachers  (2 half day sessions)

B1 25/01/2018   Introduction for new headteachers 1:30pm-4pm (Session 1)

Venue: Committee Room, Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

B2 05/03/2018  Introduction for new headteachers 1:30pm-4pm  (Session 2)

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book in at: Introduction for new headteachers – B sessions

 

C – Introduction for new headteachers (2 half day sessions)

C1  03/05/2018 Introduction for new headteachers 1:30pm-4pm  (Session 1)

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

C2 14/06/2018 Introduction for new headteachers 1:30pm-4pm (Session 2)

Venue: Jerusalem, No 4 Church House, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Book in at: Introduction for new headteachers – C sessions

 

 

Facing bereavement in a primary school

(1 day course)

Bereavement is an inevitable part of primary school experience. Also, being prepared and resourced to deal with the impact of the death of a child is essential for leaders and staff in church schools.

This course, jointly led by the Education Department and Ministry Department in the Diocese of Gloucester and in partnership with Winston’s Wish, will provide insight into how children grieve and what support adults can offer. The day will also include input from serving heads and clergy who have recently experienced the death of a child as well as a recommendation from Shahne Vickery of helpful materials and children’s books available to borrow from the Resource Centre.

16/10/2017 10am-4pm

Cost £25:00

Venue: St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Station Road, Churchdown, GL3 2JT

Book  at:  Facing bereavement in a primary school

 

SIAMS briefing

(1 day course)

This course is designed to give an overview of the requirements of all four SIAMS core questions:

1. How does the school, through its distinctive Christian character, meet the needs of all learners?

2. What is the impact of collective worship on the whole school community?

3. How effective is the religious education?

4.How effective is the leadership and management of the school as a church school?

This is an essential course for those expecting their SIAMS inspection this academic year.

02/10/2017 9:15am-3:30pm

Venue: To be announced

Book in at: SIAMS briefing

 

Inspirational collective worship

(1 day course)

Collective worship is the beating heart of a church school and should be “engaging, inspiring and transformational” (SIAMS evaluation schedule).

Collective worship will bring the Christian story alive for children and be the main way that a school’s vision and values are shared and celebrated.  Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development will be promoted through the use of a broad range of creative arts and children will be resourced and supported to become confident worship leaders.

This course will include a focus on the following:

  1. Expectations of school worship in SIAMS
  2. Prayer spaces in schools, prayer days and practical examples of interactive multi-sensory prayer
  3. Opportunities for worship inspired by the outdoors, including forest schools and spiritual gardens
  4. Christian mindfulness
  5. Brand new materials and resources to support worship

The afternoon session of this training will introduce the new Lifesavers worship material which will be given to delegates as a free resource. Lifesavers is an initiative led by the Archbishop of Canterbury which seeks to provide financial education in a context of Christian values.

24/11/2017 10am – 4pm

Cost £75

Venue: Hatherley Manor Hotel, Down Hatherley Lane, Gloucester, GL2 9QA

Book in at: Inspirational collective worship

 

Highly effective subject and phase leadership

(1 day course)

This one day course for phase leaders and subject leaders is designed to demonstrate best practice approaches and how to showcase leaders’ areas of responsibility in a highly effective way to an external validator, such as an Ofsted Inspector.

1. The tools of the trade – viewing a range of best practice resources

2. Ofsted expectations – forensic analysis of the latest Ofsted Inspection Handbook

3. Meeting with an inspector – resourcing for the meeting

4. ‘Telling it well’ – rehearsing the meeting with the inspector, a role play activity

5. Next steps for me

30/01/2018  9:15am-4pm

Cost: £100:00

Venue: Puckrup Hall, Puckrup, Tewkesbury, GL20 6EL

Book in at: Highly effective subject and phase leadership

 

Effective teaching and learning strategies for teaching assistants

( 1 day course)

This one day course aimed at teaching assistants is designed to demonstrate best practice and effective approaches to assisting in the classroom:

1. Increase knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning

2. Create opportunities for delegates to improve their effectiveness

3. Ensure progress in delegates’ performance as well as the progress the children make

4. Enable delegates to demonstrate their advanced capability on a day to day basis as well as outside agencies

Cost: £100:00

A 6/10/2017 9:15am-4pm

Venue: Puckrup Hall, Puckrup, Tewkesbury, GL20 6EL

Book in at: Effective teaching and learning for teaching assistants Session A

 

B 29/01/2018 9:15am-4pm

Venue: Puckrup Hall, Puckrup, Tewkesbury, GL20 6EL

Book in at: Effective teaching and learning for teaching assistants Session B

 

Cathedral Leavers’ Services 2018

Free of charge for  2018!

Please enter your details for your preferred choice of service, by following the relevant link from the following:

Tuesday 5 June 2018 10:30am-11:30am Service

Tuesday 5 June 2018 13:30pm-14:30pm Service

Wednesday 6 June 2018 10:30am-11:30am Service

Wednesday 6 June 2018 13:30pm-14:30pm Service

Thursday 7 June 2018 10:30am-11:30am Service

Thursday 7 June 2018 13:30pm-14:30pm Service

 

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