Schools training, support and events

The 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 2018/19

The course booklet for 2018/19  is found at: Schools Education Course Leaflet 2018/19image from LifePath

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

The education calendar for 2018/19 which includes important Christian festival dates is found at: Education Calendar 2018/19

 

Church of England Primary School Leavers’ Services 2019

The leavers’ services this year will be taking place on the following dates (book via the links below):
04 June 2019 at 10.30am (click to book)
04 June 2019 at 1.30pm
05 June 2019 at 10.30am
05 June 2019 at 1.30pm
06 June 2019 at 10.30am
06 June 2019 at 1.30pm

RE Understanding Christianity Training: Introduction

This is a two day course to introduce anyone new to Understanding Christianity. For an additional £55 delegates have an opportunity to purchase a hard copy of the whole resource.

Date: 23 January 2019 and 19 June 2019

Time: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Venue: Cathedral Education Centre. (Please meet outside the main entrance of the Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR at 9.30am).

Cost: £100 / £155 including Resource Pack

Book in at: RE Understanding Christianity Training: Introduction

RE Mastering Understanding Christianity 

This training enables teachers to explore the resource in new and greater depth, at £50. This course is ideally suited to RE subject leaders.

Date: Tuesday 19 June 2019

Time: 9.30 am – 3.30 pm

Venue: Cathedral Education Centre. (Please meet outside the main entrance of the Cathedral, College Green, Gloucester, GL1 2LR at 9.30am).

Cost: £50

Book in at: RE Mastering Understanding Christianity 

B Getting to grips with the new SIAMS Framework (Glos schools)

This two day course is for headteachers, governors and those who lead on the Christian character of the school. It is designed to enable school leaders and governors to become familiar with the new framework which come into effect in September 2018. The use of the new self-evaluation tool will also be covered in this course, including some focused time to start completing the document. This course is being run in July and September 2018 for those schools that are expecting an inspection or a monitoring visit in the academic year 2018/19. The course is being repeated in January and March for schools expecting later inspections and monitoring visits. We anticipate places on these courses to book up quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.

Date: 17/01/2019 (B1) and 26/03/2019 (B2)

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

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

Cost: £90 for the first attendee from your school. £70 for any additional attendees from the school.

Book in at: B Getting to grips with the news SIAMS Framework (Glos schools)

B Induction for new Headteachers

This essential induction takes place over two afternoon sessions. 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 focused 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.

Dates: 21/01/2019 and 11/02/2019

Time: 1.30 pm  – 4.00 pm

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

Cost: £30

Book in at: B Induction for new Headteachers

C Induction for new Headteachers

This essential induction takes place over two afternoon sessions. 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 focused 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.

Dates:  29/04/2019 and 17/06/2019

Time: 1.30 pm  – 4.00 pm

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

Cost: £30

Book in at: C Induction for new Headteachers

B Exploring the Christian character of church schools

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.

Dates:  28/02/2019

Time: 6.30 pm  – 9.30 pm

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

Cost: £30

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

C Exploring the Christian character of church schools

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.

Dates:  09/05/2019

Time: 6.30 pm  – 9.30 pm

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

Cost: £30

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

 

‘Let’s start at the very beginning’ – An introduction to the key elements of teaching and learning in the Foundation Stage

The aim of this one day training is:

  • To become more familiar with the statutory requirements in Early Years.
  • To understand the importance of the learning environment in Early Years – indoors and outdoors.
  • To understand the different contexts in which young children learn.
  • To understand the importance of observation and assessment in Early Years.

Date:  Friday 8 March 2019

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Venue: To be confirmed.

Cost: £75

Book in at: Let’s start at the very beginning

‘Early years principles into practice’ – Identifying and monitoring quality practice and provision in early years to ensure quality outcomes for all.

The aim of this one day training is to discuss:

The early years’ curriculum

  • We will discuss how the learning environment supports key areas of the curriculum, as well as responding to children’s need, interests and key skills that need to be developed.
  • We will look closely at the requirements of the Early Years Statutory Framework and also discuss the Development Matters document as a tool for planning.
  • Observation, assessment and planning. We will look at examples of how planned and spontaneous observations and assessments support learning, provision and planning.

Monitoring early years

  • We will discuss key aspects of provision, teaching and learning which need to be identified / considered when monitoring early years practice and provision.

Measuring standards in early years

  • We will share how data analysis can be used to inform key school documents and action planning within the early years.

Date: 11/02/2019

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

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

Cost: £75

Book in at: ‘Early years principles into practice’

Inspirational Collective Worship

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:

  • expectations of school worship in SIAMS
  • opportunities for worship inspired by the outdoors, including forest schools and spiritual gardens
  • Christian mindfulness
  • brand new materials and resources to support worship

Date: 14/03/2019

Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

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

Cost: £75

Book in at: Inspirational Collective Worship

Effective monitoring for Governors

This training offers the opportunity for governors to identify practical and effective approaches to support the monitoring and evaluation of whole school performance.  The session will cover roles and responsibilities including evidence gathering to support school development.

Date: 06/02/2019

Time: 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Venue: Powell’s Church of England Primary School, Gloucester Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2DJ

Cost: £30

Book in at: Effective monitoring for Governors

Prayer Spaces

The new SIAMS framework asks, ‘How well does the school support all pupils in their spiritual development, enabling all pupils to flourish? ’Prayer spaces can play a significant role in spiritual development and have much to offer our hectic schools. Whether you are completely new to the idea or you have been running them for years, this day is for you! Run jointly by Debbie Helme from the Education Department and Jo Wetherall from the Mission and Ministry Department, the training is open to teachers, clergy and anyone with a heart for this work. A range of workshops will include support for getting started, hands on activities and fresh ideas for established practitioners.

Date: 07/03/2019

Time: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

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

Cost: £75

Book in at: Prayer Spaces

Headteacher’s Conference

Please save the date for our Church of England
Schools’ conference to be held at the Racecourse
in Cheltenham.

This conference will
• inspire you,
• stretch your thinking,
• provide you with opportunities for:
• reflection on your leadership
• networking and fellowship with headteacher colleagues,
• nourish you as a leader of a C of E school

Further details on this exciting event to follow.
The best news… it will be FREE.

Dates: 21/06/2019

Time: 9.30 am- 4.00 pm

Venue: Cheltenham Race Course,Evesham Road, Prestbury, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

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