Schools training, support and events

The Education Department aims to empower schools and churches 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.

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

September 2019

NQT welcome and introduction to working in a Church school – Friday 20 September 2019

This is an opportunity to meet with NQTs from other Church schools, be welcomed into the Church school family and to meet the Education Team. It will provide you with an understanding of what it means to work in a Church school and will signpost you to a range of support that is available to you. You will also have the opportunity to tour the cathedral. NQT mentors are welcome to attend with you at no additional charge. Please book places for mentors as relevant.

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Venue: Jerusalem Meeting Room, No.4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Cost: £75

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Autumn – New headteacher induction – Monday 23 September 2019

This essential induction takes place over two sessions. The first session is held centrally with other new colleagues and will provide you with an overview of the people and resources available to support you in your work. You will be welcomed by the Bishop, meet the Education team and develop your understanding of what it means to lead a Church school. The second session is a bespoke and is held at your school.

Time: 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue: Jerusalem Meeting Room, No.4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Cost: Free of charge

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October 2019

Understanding the requirements of your SIAMS schedule – Tuesday 01 October and Thursday 14 November 2019 inclusive

This is an essential two-day course for Headteachers, governors and those who lead on the Christian character of the school who have not yet been trained on the new SIAMS schedule which was launched in September 2018. It is designed for participants to become familiar with the SIAMS schedule and includes a practical session on writing your self-evaluation.

We anticipate places on this course to book up quickly so book early to be assured of a place.

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm both days

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

Cost: £150

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Foundation Governor event – Wednesday 2 October 2019

Further event information to follow soon…

Time: 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm

Venue: Gloucester Cathedral Nave, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LY

Cost: Free of charge to Foundation Governors

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Autumn – Illuminate sessions 

2019/20 sees the launch of our new termly training updates in each corner of the Diocese. We aim to provide geographically accessible half day training updates covering the latest strategies, information and legislation that will impact your schools, 3 times a year. Please book in for 3 termly sessions to ensure that you, or a representative from your school, keeps up to date with all the latest policies and training available.

Autumn sessions are detailed below:

1. Tues 8 October 2019 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm, St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Newent, GL18 1AB
2. Mon 14 October 2019 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm – Dursley Tab, 3 Parsonage Street, Dursley, GL11 4BW
3. Wed 16 October 2019 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm – Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5QH
4. Thur 17 October 2019 – 9:15am – 12:15pm – Cirencester Baptist Church, Chesterton Lane, Cirencester GL7 1YE

Cost: £50 for attendance at 1 Autumn session, 1 Spring session and 1 Summer session

For booking in to all 3 term’s sessions, please click here

January 2020

Spring – New headteacher induction – Thursday 23 January 2020

This essential induction takes place over two sessions. The first session is held centrally with other new colleagues and will provide you with an overview of the people and resources available to support you in your work. You will be welcomed by the Bishop, meet the Education team and develop your understanding of what it means to lead a Church school. The second session is a bespoke and is held at your school.

Time: 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue: Jerusalem Meeting Room, No.4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Cost: Free of charge

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Spring – Illuminate sessions

2019/20 sees the launch of our new termly training updates in each corner of the Diocese. We aim to provide geographically accessible half day training updates covering the latest strategies, information and legislation that will impact your schools, 3 times a year. Please book in for 3 sessions to ensure that you, or a representative from your school, keeps up to date with all the latest policies and training available.

Spring sessions are detailed below:

1. Tues 21 January 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Newent, GL18 1AB
2. Mon 20 January 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm Dursley Tab, 3 Parsonage Street, Dursley, GL11 4BW
3. Fri 24 January 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5QH
4. Mon 27 January 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm – Cirencester Baptist Church, Chesterton Lane, Cirencester, GL7 1YE

Cost: £50 for attendance at 1 Autumn session, 1 Spring session and 1 Summer session

For booking in to all 3 term’s sessions, please click here

 

February 2020

Getting to grips with collective worship – Tuesday 4 February 2020

This training is intended for all involved in collective worship: school leaders, clergy, teachers supporting pupil leadership and governors responsible for evaluating impact. It will provide an opportunity to go back to the beginning and examine the building blocks that make up Anglican liturgy, considering how these might look in a school context. Focusing on the requirements of the new SIAMS schedule, it will also explore and suggest practical ideas for making collective worship ‘inclusive’, ‘invitational’ and ‘inspiring’.

Time: 9.30 am-4.00 pm

Venue: Trinity House, Trinity Lane (off Portland Street), Cheltenham, Gloucestershire,

Cost: £75

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Philosophy for Children (P4C) – Friday 7 February 2020 and Friday 6 March 2020

Children are constantly trying to make sense of the world, when do we give them the time to work it out? When do they think about big ideas so that they can develop confidently, both spiritually and ethically and gain a moral compass that can guide them through their lives?

How do they learn that disputes and disagreements can be resolved through talking and listening to one another and that it is OK to disagree with our friends as long as this is done with care and respect?

P4C, or Philosophy for Children, is an approach to learning and teaching which enhances children’s thinking and communication skills, boosts their self-esteem, and improves their academic attainment.

It aims to encourage children to think critically, caringly, creatively and collaboratively. It helps schools to build a ‘community of enquiry’ where participants create and enquire into their own questions.

This Level 1 course will enable you to start practising P4C with your children straight away.

Time: 9.30 am-4.00 pm both days

Venue: Dursley C of E Primary Academy, School Road, Dursley, GL11 4NZ

Cost: £150  This includes the two day course and level 1 accreditation

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Exploring the Christian character of Church schools for governors Wednesday 12 February 2020

This course for governors will provide practical advice on how to monitor the special and distinctive nature of a Church school.  It will demonstrate how to link monitoring activities to the SIAMS schedule and will support the school’s work in ensuring at least a good judgement at your next SIAMS inspection.  The SIAMS schedule has changed significantly in September 2017 so this course is valuable for both new and experienced governors.

Time: 6.00pm-8.30pm

Venue: Jerusalem Meeting Room, No.4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Cost: £30

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April 2020

Summer – Illuminate sessions 

2019/20 sees the launch of our new termly training updates in each corner of the Diocese. We aim to provide geographically accessible half day training updates covering the latest strategies, information and legislation that will impact your schools, 3 times a year. Please book in for 3 sessions to ensure that you, or a representative from your school, keeps up to date with all the latest policies and training available.

Summer sessions are detailed below:

1. Thursday 23 April 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm – St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Newent, GL18 1AB
2. Monday 27 April 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm – Dursley Tab, 3 Parsonage Street, Dursley, GL11 4BW
3. Tuesday 21 April 2020 – 1:15pm – 4:15pm Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane, Winchcombe, GL54 5QH
4. Wednesday 22 April 2020 – 9:15am – 12:15pm – Cirencester Baptist Church, Chesterton Lane, Cirencester, GL7 1YE

Cost: £50 for attendance at 1 Autumn session, 1 Spring session and 1 Summer session

For booking in to all 3 term’s sessions, please click here

May 2020

Summer – New headteacher induction – Wednesday 20 May 2020

This essential induction takes place over two sessions. The first session is held centrally with other new colleagues and will provide you with an overview of the people and resources available to support you in your work. You will be welcomed by the Bishop, meet the Education team and develop your understanding of what it means to lead a Church school. The second session is a bespoke and is held at your school.

Time: 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Venue: Jerusalem Meeting Room, No.4 College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR

Cost: Free of charge

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June 2020

Leavers’ Services 2020:

Tuesday 16 June 2020 10.30am and 1.30pm

Wednesday 17 June 2020 10.30am and 1.30pm

Thursday 18 June 2020 10.30am and 1.30pm

Booking opens in September 2019

Venue: Gloucester Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LY

Cost:  Free of charge to C of E Primary Schools in the Diocese of Gloucester.

Booking in advance required.

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