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 4,5 and 6 June 2019.

All services are now fully booked and those who have booked in have received email communication regarding pre-service tasks and on the day advice.

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)

Wellbeing for NQTS – Becoming Self Raising 27 March 2019

This hour and a half workshop is specifically aimed at you, if you are a Newly Qualified teacher who is looking to make yourself more resilient.

We will explore a range of different ways to address your wellbeing needs and delve deeper into the science behind the importance of looking after yourself.
Full of practical advice, visual images and curious connections to everyday things, David Gumbrell will help you become more “Self-Raising” and give you a much needed ‘Lift’ in this important first year of your teaching career.

David Gumbrell is a consultant, author and ex-headteacher who works alongside early-career teachers.  His work with teacher training institutions, SCITT programmes, Dioceses and individual schools is his way of making a difference and getting a conversation started about resilience.

Date: Wednesday 27 March 2019
Time: 9:30am-11:45am
Venue: The Committee Room, Church House, College Green, GL1 2LY
Cost: £20 which includes a copy of David Gumbrell’s book, “The Lift! Going up if teaching gets you down”

There are a limited number of places available, so please book in at: Becoming Self- Raising – How To Give Yourself  A Much Needed Lift, to avoid disappointment.

Forest Church and Forest School – developing spirituality further in your school

Forest Church is a Christian framework to explore outdoor spirituality.  It is flexible and can be adapted to suit different school contexts.  At its heart is engagement with nature and outdoor learning, with the focus on the spirituality and wellbeing aspects of spending time outdoors.  This training event will begin with a practical outdoors session and then explore Forest Church under the headings of the three questions: what is Forest Church; why Forest Church; and how do we get started?


  • To introduce participants to Forest Church and to link to Forest Schools/outdoor learning opportunities.
  • To explore how this intersects with the core questions in the SIAMS schedule: Who are we? Why are we here? How then do we live?
  • To introduce ideas, planning and suggested resources to be used in schools by teachers, clergy and volunteers.
  • To develop an annual cycle of resources to support the establishment of Forest Church as part of Collective Worship.

Date: Tuesday 02 April 2019

Time: 3:30pm – 5pm

Venue: Lydney C of E Primary School, Art Studio

Target audience: C of E schools:  teachers, TAs, SLT, clergy, ex-officio governors, foundation governors

Book in at: Forest Church and Forest School – developing spirituality further in your school.

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

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

Church School Leaders’ Conference – Vision and wellbeing. For all Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers

We are delighted to open the bookings and warmly encourage you to attend the Diocesan Church School Leaders’ Conference. This is a free conference on 21 June 2019 at the Racecourse in Cheltenham focussing on Vision and Wellbeing. It is designed to support you as a leader with

  • developing further your school’s unique vision
  • your own wellbeing
  • the wellbeing culture of your school

There will be a range of national speakers and an exciting array of market place stands to inspire and inform.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet together with other Headteachers and Deputy Headteachers from the Church of England  Diocese of Gloucester family of schools, and with inspirational speakers.  Come and network, be inspired and be together at a time of refreshing fellowship with one another .  It is a day not to be missed.

Please book in at: Church School Leaders’ Conference

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dates: 21/06/2019

Time: 9.30 am- 4.00 pm

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

This is a free of charge event

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