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The SDBE Monthly Briefing Paper

July 2021
Welcome to our revised monthly briefing paper
We will be looking at key strategic developments from The Church of England Education Office as well as sharing some of our own strategic work.  We hope you find this information helpful.   
Spiritual reflection written by Mandy Christopher – Assistant Director of the SDBE
I’d like to start by sharing with you a short story, with which you may be familiar.
Our capacity to bring about change, to make a difference with one small action is infinite. It is something we talk about with schools and parish communities, children and young people all the time. It’s enshrined in the concept of courageous advocacy.
One of the great pleasures of recent months has been the return to actual advisory visits to schools, and to physical conversations with school leaders, parish teams, children, young people and staff. In those conversations it is the time of year in school life when we look back across the school year and ask ourselves, ‘What have we achieved?’ How many times I’ve heard this term, ‘Well I didn’t get as far as I wanted with the school development plan’.
I would suggest that now, even more so than ever in all that we have all experienced in the last eighteen months, the question should not be, ‘How far did I get with the school development plan?’ (for if we knew then what we know now, we’d have surely written different things on it!) Nor even, ‘What have we achieved?’, but actually, ‘What difference have we made to those we serve?’

Your answers to this question would be a host of the diverse, creative, innovative and compassionate practice seen across schools in this diocese. Everything from virtual sports days; to the headteacher who shares celebration worship on line and then runs to classrooms delivering certificates at the appropriate point; to parents’ tea and welcome sessions in small groups on playgrounds; to clergy hosting virtual ‘I wonder’ discussions for children; to walk and talk mentoring sessions. A vast range.

Matthew 5:13-16 says,
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Do not hide your light. Know that each action you take makes a difference. Each creative way through you find in this different context, each new route you plot to move forward. Celebrate them and be proud of them.
Many of us in education are sometimes more inclined to consider that which we have not yet done, that which still sits ‘on the list’ or on the school development plan. As we all look back across this academic year, let us share together that which we have all done to make a difference to those we serve.
Thank you for the gifts you’ve given me through which I can make a difference.
Help me to use them for your will.
Help me, Lord to recognise and celebrate each small step I take,
To spend more time rejoicing in that, than I do on dwelling on the list of that which is not yet done.
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Article 1 - SIAMS inspection update
The DBE has recently been informed of the following information which you might find helpful. 

We have been notified by the SIAMS National Team that SIAMS inspections will not resume before October 2021.  The Inspection Schedule will not be rewritten before inspections resume in the Autumn term so schools should continue to use the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule for guidance.

We would encourage you to list any specific outworking of your Christian vision during the pandemic within your SIAMS SEF or as a separate attached document.  
If you need any help or support with the above, please do contact us at the SDBE.
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Article 2 – Trust and SDBE project work 
At the SDBE our work is focused on the flourishing of Church Schools in partnership with schools and MATS. One aspect we have explored this academic year is the growth and development of aspiring Church School Leaders. To explore this crucial aspect of school succession planning we developed a piece of pilot work with Wimborne Academy Trust and through a series of CPD opportunities; including virtual presentation, online discussion, HT presentation and bespoke coaching, worked with 25 teachers considering what it means to be a Church School Leader. The work was planned and delivered jointly by DBE advisers and an academy leader for church schools as part of the shared learning of both organisations. Through the activities, delegates explored their ‘why’ of education and considered if this calling could connect and flourish in a church school. The engagement from our pilot work has been exciting and the feedback very encouraging one delegate stated: ‘Really thinking about my 'why' has been a great learning experience for me and is helping me to define my personal direction - thank you’.
We look forward to watching the career path of this cohort develop as they grow to become called, connected and committed church school leaders of the future.
Further opportunities to extend church school flourishing partnering with the strategic thinking and working of SDBE are in development and will be shared through the planned series of conversations in the Autumn term.
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Article 3 – Collective Worship and Creationtide
Season of Creation - Creationtide is the period in the annual church calendar, from 1st September to 4th October, dedicated to God as Creator and Sustainer of all life. Don’t leave your planning to do on your own in the holidays! How might you involve children and young people at this early stage?
Here are our Top Five Resources to support your school’s planning for next year’s collective worship:
  1. CEFEL ‘Climate Justice’ Called Connected Committed Mailing and Faith at Home Season Three Social Justice collective worship planning including Climate Emergency resources.
  2. Go Team (Bath and Wells Youth Ministry) ’10 ideas for Summer’ including a Scavenger Hunt, Hope Garden and a list of resource suppliers that aim to be more eco-friendly.
  3. Prayer Spaces in Schools – log in to the new website and search ‘nature’ for many interactive ideas that have been used successfully in schools.
  4. Christian AidLetters for Creation Project will launch in October. Could your pupils use their creative skills to develop a ‘think piece’ on the beauty of the natural world and the importance of climate justice?
  5. Fairtrade Ideas for summer picnics. Could your pupils design a Fairtrade, low waste outdoor meal to have during Creationtide?
Please share with us what your school decides to do by emailing
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Article 4 – The Environment
The SDBE has been working with Dorset Council who were successful in achieving a SALIX grant via the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (Phase 1) looking at heat decarbonisation projects across a number of Voluntary Aided school.  St Gregory’s, Marnhull has been awarded funding to install a ground source heat pump, which his fantastic news and Dorset Council and now taking another 13 Voluntary Aided school through their feasibility model with the hope of allocating grant funding for heat decarbonisation projects, such as installing pv panels, LED lighting, improving insulation and upgrading building control systems to optimise the operations of the buildings.  This is amazing support from Dorset Council for our family of schools, as we all work towards our net zero target.
Young people walking from G7 to COP26 - In the run up to the November Glasgow climate change talks (COP26), the Young Christian Climate Network (YCCN) are completing 750 miles from the G7 venue in Cornwall, to the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November. This is to raise awareness of the urgent need for action, not words, in caring for God’s creation.

The relay arrives in our diocese in Trowbridge on 19th July making its way to Salisbury via West Lavington and Shrewton on 20th to 23rd July. Look at the route here. There are likely to be five young people as the core group of walkers for this section.  Others (of all ages) are welcome to come and walk with them, cheer them on their way, provide refreshment and provide accommodation.  

If you are interested in taking part, please register at www.yccn-uk
How might your school follow the journey in the autumn? Or support and encourage the leg of the journey this term?
School and Church Eco Stories wanted - Has your school, church or youth group done something amazing to combat climate change or to protect nature? The Church Times, in collaboration with members of both the Church of England and Roman Catholic environmental working groups, is looking for inspiring church initiatives which protect the planet.

The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 21 July 2021. Your story could be included in a specially commissioned video — The Showreel — to be launched during the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow at the start of November. Read more here
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National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) – Express your interest or apply now. The Church of England (in partnership with the Catholic Education Service) is a national provider of the full suite of NPQs to teachers and school leaders.
  • NPQEL - Executive Leadership
  • NPQH – Headship programmes
  • NPQLTD - Leading Teacher Development
  • NPQLT - Leading Teaching
  • NPQLBC - Leading Behaviour and Culture
  • NPQSL - Senior Leadership
Have a conversation with your team, CEO or Chair of Governors. Applications for NPQ 2021-22 can be made online – click the blue button at the bottom of this page.
(All applicants who work in schools in the top 30th percentile for Pupil Premium are eligible to apply for full scholarship funding for all NPQ programmes and if you are a headteacher in your first 24 months of headship you may also be fully funded. Check your eligibility for funding here.)
Applications are now Open!
  • Deadline for November 2021 Cohort: 25th September 2021 
  • Deadline for February 2021 Cohort: 14th January 2022
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A Prayer For You

The Lord be with all of you.

Closing Statement
The SDBE would like to thank you for your dedication to your children, staff and communities in which you serve. We sincerely hope you have a wonderful summer holiday and that you find the space and time to relax, have fun and to be you.  
Happy summer holiday!  

With our Very Best Wishes
Debbie, Emma and Nicola
Debbie Heritage
School Improvement Advisor & Strategic Lead for SIAMS
Emma Waters
Education Services Assistant
Nicola Coupe
School Improvement Adviser
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