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SDBE – Term 4 Update
Week Three Lent Reflection, By Joy Tubbs

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. 
1 Corinthians 12:12

Our family has something of a tradition. An Easter project which brings us together intent on ’doing a job’ too big for one person, our collaboration will make it possible. Several days filled with rolled up sleeves, good food, laughter, argument on the best way to get the job done and, by the close, pride in our endeavours. This year it is a barren piece of difficult to reach garden on the top of a high gabion wall; the vision for its future has been drawn up, now for the work! 
Across the weekend we will all play our part; we belong together, we value each other, and the best will be drawn from each of us. From Great grandparent to a 2-year-old, we will work and play together. I think God will smile, as we enjoy our togetherness after several years of not being able to gather. I know when the Easter weekend arrives, at some point I will stand back, overwhelmed by my love for those around me. I will pause and give thanks to God for all He has given. 
I wonder how much God must love to see His children gather. His Church, one body, collaborating, each bringing different gifts, characteristics and ministries, each His unique once in eternity creation, each contributing to His Kingdom. How much joy must there be in seeing us work and play together, sharing His love? 

Father God, thank you for making us one amazing body. Help us Father, together, to make your life visible to those who do not know you; to work together with you, humbly, simply, serving. Help us Lord to be one body, to be your church. Amen. 
To read the other lent reflections put together from our diocese click here
News From the SDBE
Sustaining Vision and Spiritual Flourishing Leadership Conference – 26th May in Salisbury Guildhall. This will be the first time the Diocese of Salisbury has hosted a joint Church and School Leaders Conference and we are genuinely excited at the prospect of bringing together church and school leaders as we explore the theme of ‘Sustaining Vision – Spiritual Flourishing’.  Do book your place here as a school leader and read more about the event here.  
The timetable and speakers for the’ not to be missed’ virtual RE Conference on Thursday 31st March are detailed here in the leaflet. This is part of your school’s PSA entitlement (and only £50 for schools not in PSA). How might your school maximise the benefit from the day? Come along to the keynote sessions (these are not recorded) and attend a workshop or two (all these are recorded, so you can watch again or watch the rest after the event). 
Booking will entitle the school to access all the PowerPoints and recordings after the event.
Book here.
Do forward this information to colleagues in schools anywhere in the country – it’s open to all! Bookings close Monday 28/3/22.
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National Updates
On 9th March 300 people attended the Chartered College Q&A with Ofsted event where questions relating to small schools and the Inspection Framework were answered by HMI. The recording and resources are available to watch.
The Teaching Rural Network numbers are growing. You can see the aims of the group and join here. Follow on Twitter or  Join the Facebook Group. The school visit they have organised in June has now ‘sold out’, but if you would like the group to consider other similar events, joining them to share this request would be really positive.
The opportunity to recruit trainee teachers on the Ofsted Outstanding ITT training programme into your school vacancy is open. Click here to find out more and to speak to someone at Teach First about your vacancy. Or email Nicola Coupe on
The Church of England Called, Connected, Committed mailings have recently had a theme of social justice and courageous advocacy. You can read them here. And why not set aside 20 minutes to listen to The Paul Miller Podcast or 10 minutes to watch Luvvie Ajayi Jones in this 2018 Ted Talk – ‘Get comfortable with being uncomfortable – be a domino’
We encourage you in your work on social justice and supporting the children and young people in your schools to stand up for people who may not have a voice of their own.
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Religious Education
If your school was unable to go to your March Local RE Hub please come to our virtual twilight ‘catch up’ session delivered by Hazel Baines on Wednesday 23rd MarchPlease book here by 12 noon on Saturday 19th March to receive joining instructions. All welcome!
RE:QUEST has a new website has relevant and engaging resources to help RE teachers and their students explore the Christian faith. As part of ‘Youth for Christ’, all the resources are created by practising Christians. See website here.
Story Bags in RE – if you would like to find out more about creative ways to use stories in RE please contact who run virtual sessions to see how some of Gill Vaisey’s resources have been turned into interactive story bags and how they have been used and adapted in the classroom by RE specialist Julie Childs to offer outstanding RE to younger pupils.
Resources for RE teachers about Lent and Easter include: What is Lent? From BBC Bitesize; RE Online Easter & Lent
Virtual Tours and Films for RE are committed to supporting the development of Global Citizenship, this website includes ideas and clips/films  and resources to support schools in bringing RE to life through looking at the spiritual sites of different faiths.
Visit my Mosque is a new resource is intended to support and empower RE teachers in organising and delivering school visits to places of worship such as mosques.  “Virtual” mosque tours have also been included to increase familiarity and confidence when organising in-person visits as well as offering an alternative to those without a Mosque nearby. The resource includes video clips, 360-degree tours and activity sheets. See website. Visit my Mosque.
RE Online’s Pupil Blog ‘Lessons that make a difference’ is something you might want to factor in to your lessons in the Summer Term when the results will be shared. You could also consider entering next spring. See here for this year’s details to give you an idea of the project.  See here for RE Online website.
Wiltshire’s Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE) is sharing new and interesting ideas to help your school increase the impact that RE can have on oracy and writing for your pupils.
Join one of the FREE CPD sessions led by Katy Staples, adviser to Wiltshire's SACRE. This statutory training will inform RE teachers of new guidance for the current Wiltshire Agreed Syllabus and aims to offer support for schools to ensure pupils can be offered a clear path of progression throughout their learning in RE. It includes: clear knowledge organisers for each unit of learning; guidance about RE’s contribution to EYFS 2020 and an intention for RE statement along with ideas for implementation, ensuring impact.  For further details and to book your place, please click on one of the dates below:
If you have questions or need help with booking, please contact the SACRE Clerk here:
Tales from The Miracle Book have developed nearly 50 videos to support the teaching of RE and PSHE, including those for Easter. See website. Their work is accredited by Understanding Christianity and subscription is £75 for schools under 200 NOR. They can be contacted for ‘multi-school’ subscription prices.
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Collective Worship
Jumping Fish (Gloucester Diocese) are well known to schools for their ‘Values for Life’ and ‘Roots and Fruits’ resources for Collective Worship. They have produced new materials including their latest publication ‘Experiencing Lent’.
Archbishop of York Youth Trust Free Lent Resource: Way Maker takes pupils on a journey through Lent, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a 'Way Maker' and serving others.  Short videos and prayers are available for each week of Lent. Let us know how you have used them!
PopUK Easter resources: free songs to help primary school children understand the meaning of Palm Sunday; Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  

CofE Faith at Home - Some helpful Collective Worship video resources (Primary / Secondary) are available from the Church of England for Lent and Easter and can be accessed here.  Find primary aged resources for Lent here and Easter here and secondary school resources for Lent here and Easter here.

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Justice and Hope
One Plastic Bag – Resource for Schools
This classroom resource includes website resources for discussing environmental issues, the power of one individual, or life in Africa. “The simple format of this picture book belies the strength of its content, a story lovingly supported by charming collage illustrations. As a girl, Ceesay realized that the goats on which her village relied were dying because they were eating plastic bags. She also saw that people were tossing the used bags on the ground just as they had always thrown away their baskets when no longer useful–except the plastic bags, unlike the baskets, weren’t biodegradable. So Ceesay figured out how to use crochet, a skill with which the villagers were already familiar, to make purses out of the plastic bags. Simple but lyrical text conveys this beautiful, thought-provoking tale of ecological awareness and recycling. An inspiring account.”  School Library Journal
What did you do for Fairtrade Fortnight? Fairtrade Fortnight this year was from 21 February to 6 March. Each year, schools are invited to take part in the campaign and learn more about Fairtrade. To help, there is a free teaching resource library to access a range of lesson plans, assembly plans, films, activities and games. The teaching tools are designed to support learning about Fairtrade and global issues at all key stages and levels, from nursery through to secondary school. You can also register for a Fairtrade School Award to gain recognition for your school’s work on Fairtrade and global justice. How might you plan to be involved next year?
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Wellbeing and Mental Health
Talking Racism and Mental Health in Schools – New Podcast Series
The Anna Freud Centre has just released a brand-new podcast series called ‘Talking Racism and Mental Health in Schools’.  Racism has a detrimental impact on the lives of Black and racially minoritised young people, and when experienced it affects both their mental health and potential to thrive.  The podcast series features experts in mental health, education and anti-racism exploring topics like representation, culture and community, and provides advice and practical steps to support all education staff to create a whole school community which is anti-racist. 
They also have a series of ‘Child in Mind’ podcasts to help parents understand and manage child and family mental health problems presented by Claudia Hammond on BBC Radio 4.
United Nations International Day of Happiness is 20th March each year. We are a social species and we thrive when we’re closely connected to others. On this day, thousands of people all around the world reach out to make new, positive connections with others. See here for Action for Happiness webpage;  and here for Laughology’s resources for schools including ‘Becoming Brave and Great’ and ways to support mental health and well-being amongst staff.  
Spirituality across the Curriculum
The DBE is running a ‘Spirituality Across the Curriculum’ course on 28th April. There are a few spaces left for this in-person session where you will have time to plot how you are enabling the spiritual flourishing of pupils across the broader curriculum. See here for details and to book.
Spinnaker produces SMSC resources that can support and enrich the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development for children. Spinnaker materials draw learning from the Christian faith, and so their resources usually come from a Christian background, however, they are written with the wider audience in mind. SMSC News provides information, ideas, key dates and links to resources for supporting SMSC education in schools. Sign up here.

Springs Dance Company’s The Good Samaritan and You Are Special workshops are available to book. Springs Dance Company specialises in cross-curricular dance, in particular with Religious Education, Values and PSHE. Focusing on the importance of helping others, The Good Samaritan workshops will consider the relevance of the parable, think about what is important and ask moral questions, going deeper into RE. Alongside the workshops you can treat the whole school with a fun-filled assembly performance, based on the parable of The Lost Coin.
Springs is also delighted to be offering to schools its much loved You Are Special workshops. Based on Max Lucado’s book, the workshops tackle the big issue of self-esteem and create opportunities to discuss ideas about self-worth and how we treat others.
Further details are found here.  
Or contact or call 07876 752 910

Earth Day 2022 is April 22nd a day to celebrate and appreciate everything wonderful about our natural world (click here to learn more). find some ideas on the american Earth Day website  here. Or try this lesson / assembly on page 37 of this Unicef Rights Respecting Schools assembly pack. Earth hour is Saturday, 26 March and will begin at 8:30 pm. See resources here. World Oceans Resources for June can be found here.
A Rocha UK - new education resources, for pupils aged 3-14 years. These free education plans have been created to aid children in a variety of settings - schools, community groups and churches - to enjoy exploring nature and caring for our planet through both indoor and outdoor activities.  Each Education Plan (EP) is divided into sections and if completed in full, takes approximately 3 hours. As part of A Rocha’s Christian mission, some education plans have specific faith based content which can be used if wished. The interactive, stimulating outdoor sessions are linked to the national curriculum and use scientific enquiry methods.
Mosaic Murals for schools with Joanna Dewfall Mosaics have been used to celebrate Christian values since the 4th century. Joanna Dewfall creates durable legacy mosaics with the whole school community to depict their core spirituality. Joanna can also run workshops whereby pupils make small individual keepsake mosaics depicting simple spiritual symbols. Contact:
The Hope Together Network has put together resources to support schools in exploring and commemorating the Queen’s faith and service over seven decades. The Queen will be the first Monarch to reach this Platinum Jubilee milestone.  The main Royal Jubilee celebrations will be from 2 to 5 June. See  The Hope Together network page and Find resources and ideas for churches to also make the most of this opportunity to connect with their communities.
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Supporting Schools in Talking about War and Conflict
Some resources to support staff/parents in how to talk to children about Ukraine/challenging news including this Phoenix Group booklet. Here is a link to The Lord’s Prayer in Ukrainian
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Closing Statement
A Prayer for School Leaders
Father of Justice
We know that your heart is ever inclined
Towards the hurting, broken, vulnerable and poor.
In all we do, may we seek to follow your heart
Mending, healing, nurturing and enabling fairness.
That your glory and love may be seen through us.
Jesus, Redeemer,
We know that your knees were always bent
To heal the sick, feed the hungry and touch the untouchable.
In all we do, may we also humble ourselves
Meeting our families’ needs, even the hardest to reach.
That your glory and love may be seen through us.
Spirit of Freedom
We know you are here to breathe life 
Into those in darkness, captivity, despair and pain.
In all we do, may we – filled with your power –
Bring freedom, flourishing and fullness of life to our communities.
That your glory and love may be seen through us.
With our Very Best Wishes
Nicola and Emma
Nicola Coupe
School Improvement Adviser
Emma Waters
Education Services Assistant
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