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School Leader Monthly Briefing

May 2020
Last Thursday, the Archbishop of Canterbury led the ‘largest ever’ school assembly in partnership with Oak National Academy. The theme was hope and it can be watched again here.
On the same day, the Church of England’s campaign to help make prayer a household habit once again, was launched.
And, what a launch it was! Through film, poetry, art and music, the intent of #Faithathome is to provide inspiring, invitational and inclusive material that can be shared in households during the time when most children and young people have to ‘stay at home’.
Every Thursday at 11am, the pre-recorded assembly videos will be available to watch and will be available to re-watch here. There will be separate primary and secondary content.

Whilst this material cannot replace a strong church school’s daily acts of worship (led by children and familiar adults; personalised to your own context)
#faithathome seeks to bring together churches, schools and households
and to help families to talk about faith and pray together if they wish.
So here at the DBE we encourage you to take up the opportunity to share worship with households.
We hope that the #faithathome materials can be explored and adapted so that they are useful to you at this time, when we cannot gather together for worship in our schools.


In this monthly briefing you will find:
1. Updates from Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education
2. Worship resources linked to growing faith in households #FaithAtHome
3. Courageous advocacy - Local and National Christian Charities
4. Updates and links relating to Religious Education
5. Personal Spiritual Leadership
6. CPD and information from local and national providers
7. A final message from our advisers


The SDBE continues to work to support schools, academies and trusts via our School Advisory Team, through governance support and in our joint work with clergy and Children and Young People. We also speak into the daily meetings with both Dorset and Wiltshire Local Authorities and into the RSC. Whilst the number of staff is smaller than usual, we encourage you to get in touch with us if you need to. Guidance on our website includes:
  • SDBE Course resources are uploaded on the website. This includes materials from the PSA Entitlement RE and Collective Worship Session 1 here.
  • Other guidance in relation to worship and the teaching of RE during partial school closure on the website here.
Thank you Governors – this term’s Thank you Governors has been sent to clerks and foundation governors. Filled with useful information and guidance it also heralded the arrival of the ‘online foundation governor appointment system’, giving clerks the ability to initiate appointment, renewal and departures for foundation governors. The new system has so far been received extremely positively. If you would like to read it click here
CofE Professional Qualification for Headship (nationally recognised NPQH, rooted in the CofE Vision for Education with its focus on Church School leadership and vision).

Applications for cohort 4 (starting December 2020) will open on the 29th May. 
Please do share this into your school team and read about the programme here.


“I honestly found the whole first learning event really engaging. It was full on, but there really wasn't a time when I didn't feel really engaged, challenged, inspired and encouraged. The learning event was a really excellent start to the programme”.
School Leader, 2017 Cohort.

Listen to more participant experiences in this Video.
Please contact Nicola Coupe with any enquiries.
CEFEL’s MAT Leaders Network – A free virtual conversation, open to all MAT Leaders
on June 8th 1.30-2.15pm on the topic of Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health.
There is no cost to take part. Frances Soul, National Director of Education and Maria Rodrigues from Academies Enterprise Trust are guest speakers to share examples of how staff wellbeing initiatives are having an impact during testing times. Register your place at the webinar here.
Called, Connected, Committed Weekly updates - Every Monday Andy Wolfe and the CEFEL team share a reflection based on the content of this document which can be downloaded here. Anyone can sign up to receiving them, by clicking the subscribe button, or contacting Emily Norman (
The previous editions are available under Networks. They are uplifting during such a challenging time, so do share them into your teams or with your friends and family.
During the Summer Term 2020, CEFEL is offering five free network sessions to school leaders, exploring the concepts in our Called, Connected, Committed document and weekly mailouts. You can register for these sessions here:

Session 2: Embracing Interdependence with Emily Norman & Rob Robson, Wednesday 13th May 10am 
Register for Session 2

Session 3: Building Resilience with Andy Wolfe & Rob Robson, Wednesday 3rd June 10am
Register for Session 3

Session 4: Removing Disadvantage with Emily Norman & Rob Robson, Wednesday 17th June 10am
Register for Session 4

Session 5: Accepting Vulnerability with Andy Wolfe & Emily Norman, Wednesday 1st July 10am
Register for Session 5
Thy Kingdom Come runs from 21st to 31st May 2020. The Digital Family Prayer Adventure Map and App is the flagship family resource for this year! Packed with activities based on the daily themes of Thy Kingdom Come, the map/app includes animations of well-known bible stories and also reflections and prayers including from Archbishop Justin Welby, Guvna B, CBBC's Gemma Hunt, Jonathan Bryan (Eye Can Talk). The augmented reality app is free to download and is available on Google store and Apple store. 
Alternatively, download Five ways for families to get involved here.
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‘Thank you, you’re enough’ - Looking for a way to celebrate and encourage the adults who care for the children in your school? Why not share this #FaithAtHome film where children from across the country thank their carers for all that they do for them.  Watch it here.
 Or share this film with colleagues and governors at school. Or this film with clergy and lay members of your parish team.
#FaithAtHome – assembly themes and dates – click here.
Prayer Spaces are a partner in the Church of England’s #Faithathome campaign and have produced a number of Prayer Spaces at Home resources that you may want to share with families. Click here.
Roots on the Web are also a partner in the #Faithathome campaign and have a page of free resources linked to each of the assembly themes above. These include prayers, discussions and activities to support conversation and family time together. They are available here.
Exeter Diocese Family Reflection Project - Could you create a resource that could be used in the home? A resource that encourages reflection? One that is inspiring as well as inclusive? One which encourages conversation, where children and young people will want to be engaged? This project is open to all and aims to build a lasting resource available to all.
Click here for the main web page.
The community arts project encourages contributors to get creative and produce material linked to the lectionary themes for either early years, primary or secondary aged young people. Have a look the briefing document to see if your favourite bible story or quote is on the list.
For the briefing document and more information click here
Project Touchline, recently featured on BBC1 Songs of Praise, offers a six week whole school programme that allows children to play sport through their school values whilst also engaging their spirituality. The programme aims to transform the experience of sport, linking it to worship and encouraging children to “Live Life in all its Fullness” John 10:10. 
“The values we learned really shone through the sport.... All the things we did linked together, the sport, faith and values. I would give this project 5 stars (out of 5).” Maja Year 6 Student
For bookings into next year, or more information, contact Chris Andrew, Director through
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AlabaréAre you looking for a local, Christian charity to support in your school? From Sunday 26 April, Alabaré is asking its supporters to come up with an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 and fundraise to help support their emergency Coronavirus Appeal. The 2.6 Challenge is open to anyone of any age – the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing. Click here.
Christian Aid Week – from May 10 to May 16 - is going digital for the first time because of coronavirus. Fundraisers would normally go house-to-house with the familiar red buckets and bibs. Instead, this year will see a variety of fundraising events taking place online throughout the week, including daily quizzes, livestreamed worship and the 300,000 steps in May challenge on Facebook. Supporters are also being asked to send an 'e-envelope' to friends and family to collect donations. For practical ideas and resources, including an online Quiz on Facebook with Kate Bottley click here.   
The Children’s Society – Has a ‘children’s voices’ page on their website here and resources for schools (including a special section for Church of England schools) here. If you would like to use The Children’s Society prayers during Thy Kingdom Come, they are downloadable here.
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Mission Aviation Fellowship offers free material for schools and youth groups that explores important Christian themes in the RE curriculum.  They are seeking your feedback in order to make sure resources are as helpful as possible. As a thank you for completing the survey and supplying your contact details, they will enter you into a prize draw for a £20 Amazon gift-card. Feedback survey The closing date is 5pm on Friday 22nd May 2020.
RE:Online have launched their new vision for their work. See the vlog here. They can be contacted by email at, twitter @reonline_tweets or facebook REONLINE. New, free CPD has been launched and the website contains useful guidance and support. This includes:
  • Religion and Worldviews: Developing subject knowledge for teaching. Click here.
  • Primary introduction course - particularly suitable for primary beginner teachers, NQTs, HLTAs. Click here.
  • Religion and Worldviews Virtual Research Seminars 3-4.15pm on 17th June and 16th July. Details can be found here.
  • Great blogs relevant to RE teachers are here. For example Dave Rees’ ‘Email a Believer’ – He says, “Our believers have already answered many questions on a variety of topics, these can be found on the webpage. Some are now also being turned into resources which can be accessed in the RE:ONLINE teaching resources, just select the theme ‘lived experience’ to see them all.”
  • Date for your diary – Plans are still being made for RExChange 2020 on Saturday 3rd October. This event will bring together researchers and teachers to talk about engaging with and in research. It will showcase current research in religion and worldviews. You can sign up here.
Open University: The Open University Religious Studies Department's free FutureLearn course on Religious Literacy, will go into presentation on 11 May (and again on 2 November) as CPD. The course presents some of the latest university-level thinking on religious literacy as skills and principles and is therefore an opportunity to engage with research in a free, accessible and interactive course. You can find out more and register here.
New RE Quality Mark Criteria – From 1st January 2021 schools will be assessed against the new REQM criteria which can be downloaded here. If your school is already working towards the REQM, assessments in the Autumn term can be either on the ‘old’ or ‘new’ criteria. Do get in touch with Linda Rudge 
BBC Bitesize free RE videos – To find out more about the content and dates of publication, or to watch pre-released material use the links on the NATRE website. Click here
RE Today - Updated Resources for home learning from a variety of providers. Click here. For a list of video clip resources to aid independent learning click here. And for an information leaflet that may be useful to share with parents and carers about why we teach RE, click here
Ethics Online are offering their films free during school closures. For students of A Level Philosophy, Ethics and Religious Studies. Some also useful for GCSE. Click here.
Ten ways to increase the presence of RE in your school. Teachers Talk, by NATRE is a place for RE Subject Leaders to share thinking. Click here.
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You may have seen this beautiful video, bringing together worship leaders from more 65 different churches and networks in the UK, to sing the UK Blessing. The group, organised by worship leader Tim Hughes, represents a number of churches who have collectively, supplied over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in the UK since COVID-19 lockdown began. This is alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline staff. 
We pray this song is a blessing to you and your household, wherever you are in the world, as you watch and listen.
The LORD bless you,
and keep you,
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace. 

Numbers 6: 24-26
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Keeping children safe online - The government has produced some guidance including tips for parents on how to encourage ‘taking a break’ from screens and how to ensure appropriate filtering from your Internet Service Provider. The page here gives links to further support.
Answering children’s questions about the Coronavirus - The Children’s Commissioner for England has produced a useful guide for children and young people. The guide aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.  It’s a helpful guide to share with parents and carers and when working with children.  Please follow this link to access: Guide to Coronavirus for children
Place2Be supports schools with Mental Health resources for Children and Young People. Click here.
Click here for advice on how to support the most vulnerable CYP during this season.
Our frontline - A new resource for adults, Our Frontline has been launched to support those under most pressure. A partnership between Shout, Samaritans, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Our Frontline offers round-the-clock one-to-one support, by call or text, from trained volunteers, plus resources, tips and ideas to look after your mental health. There is tailored material for staff working in social care, essential roles, the emergency services and health workers. The link to the key worker page is here.

The National Education Union are offering on-line CPD
1. Coronavirus Wellbeing Webinar- a pre-recorded session for you watch at your leisure
2. Dealing with Bereavement and Loss - a session to sign-up to and attend

School Admissions appeals School Leaders were sent an email from the SDBE on Friday 1st May with details of support available in the event you need it for school admissions appeals. In essence, the LA will still be running appeals for all LA schools and is offering an appeals service for schools that are outside of the LA, although this service will be dependent on demand and workloads. This includes them arranging the appeal hearing, undertaking the administration for it and providing a panel and clerk. This costs £222 for a single appeal.
For further information contact: Tel: 01225 718352
FFT 2020 results and secondary moderation services, free to schools which subscribe to Aspire - Although statutory assessments are not proceeding this year, FFT have added some new reports and functions to support schools that subscribe. As part of the Aspire subscription, FFT will provide a new service for secondary schools in May to help with validating and benchmarking KS4 teacher assessment predictions. All secondary schools will be able to submit their teacher predictions to FFT in early May (whole grades only with no ranks).
FFT will then provide a new ‘Statistical subject moderation’ report for all schools which analyses predictions, factoring in FFT estimates and school subject performance in previous years. It will highlight any unusual subject level patterns which might merit further attention. In addition:
  • Further details regarding the GCSE moderation service and the 2020 results service can be found in two videos, link here.
  • Secondary schools' information from exam boards in August will  be used to provide FFT Aspire dashboards for September. 
For Teacher Assessment at KS1, 2 and EYFS, a results service has been created. The curriculum tracker now integrates to Rising stars data (ie PIRA & PUMA) + also with NfER and GL assessments for schools using these. It also has capacity to use pre-key stage and P scale entries.

Free Wiltshire LA English and Maths CPD - This CPD, for teachers and teaching assistants, was through ‘live’ broadcasts which are accessible using the same link after the event.
English - Effective vocabulary teaching – KS1
Tuesday 5th May 2020 at 3:00pm (40 minutes)

To provide those working in KS1 with a model for delivering effective vocabulary teaching from a high-quality text. Supporting children to ensure this vocabulary ‘sticks’ and can be transferred to speaking, reading and writing.
English - Effective vocabulary teaching – KS2
Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 3:00pm (40 minutes)

To provide those working in KS2 with a model for delivering effective vocabulary teaching from a high-quality text. Supporting children to ensure this vocabulary ‘sticks’ and can be transferred to speaking, reading and writing.

Maths - An introduction to the CPA approach - KS1 and KS2
Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 11am (30 minutes) 

What is a Concrete- Pictorial-Abstract approach and why does it work? A short introduction to the principals of a CPA approach to teaching mathematics and why we should use it.

Maths - An introduction to Bar Modelling – KS1 and KS2
Friday 8th May 2020 at 11am (45 minutes) 

What is a bar model and how can it support children’s mathematics and problem solving? A look at the different types of bar modelling with a focus on the four operations.

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Thank you, once more, for all you are doing in your school, your academy, your community and in your wider educational roles. We encourage you! We hope you are able to take some time for personal reflection and rest during the coming weekend.
Finally, we are signposting you to two ways to give Children and Young People’s voice an airing in case you have not seen them:  
Firstly, it’s National Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday 20th May 2020
With the #ThankATeacher and #HowWillYouSayThankYou hashtags families are encouraged to share their message of thanks, ideally in a video clip - leading up to the day, This can be in an expression of their choosing - singing a song, writing and/or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing. Alternatively, simply send a card!
More information here
Secondly getting involved with the song launched on Monday as part of #Faithathome 
‘Looking to the Rainbow’ from Becky Drake
and the Blue Coat School Chapel Choir.
Details are on the Worship For Everyone Website here
Do share and let us know #Faithathome
@W4E1 @ChurchofEngland and @SDBE_Update or by email.
Nicola and Linda
Nicola Coupe
School Improvement Adviser
Tel Direct Mobile: 07469 857 670
Tel Emma at SDBE Office: 01722 746953  
Linda Rowley
School Improvement Consultant
Tel Direct Mobile: 07971 294146
Tel Anna at SDBE Office: 01722 746943
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