The latest stories and resources from the Schools and Parish Team at *Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education

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May 2015

News and Comment

Joy Tubbs Gets Canonised!
Director of Education Joy Tubbs joined three other new Canons at Salisbury Cathedral on Thursday 7 May 2015.

The Vision Vessel
A collaboration between staff and pupils gives graphic results: SDBE’s vision in visual form.

Dynamite Inspiration for Sarum
Sixth Form pupils at Sarum Academy were joined recently by Novelist Jason Hewitt, author of 'The Dynamite Room', to explore the working practices of a published author.

What does it take to do more than pass an inspection?
These schools know: Speaking Highly of Great Cheverell...
Hitting the Mark at Sarum St Martin...
Okeford's Ofsted is good stuff!

Transforming RE
The Diocesan Board of Education are delighted to announce that they have been awarded a grant by Culham St Gabriel’s to be part of a small team of national experts developing models of progression and assessment in RE. This work will form part of the new National REC (Religious Salvation Council) guidance on Religious Education.

Schools and RE Coordinators are invited to attend either of two twilight briefings on developments in RE curriculum design and assessment.
8th June: 4:00 - 5:15pm at venue TBC
10th June: 4:00 - 5:15pm at the DEC
To reserve a place, please email Anna Tucker or ring 01722 746943.

What if learning...
Changed behaviour and values in your school?
We have been working with three schools as part of a national project and will be sharing this research and case studies during the Autumn term at a series of twilight meetings across the Diocese. Click here for a briefing, here for the website or email Verity Holloway to inquire.

From the Diocese

The Magna Carta Pilgrimage on 14th June is one of the key events in our Magna Carta celebrations in Salisbury. A once-in-a-lifetime fun day out for all ages! Schools and families welcome.
Details and map here.

Milton Abbey’s ‘Great Stare’ needs your help! The part of the diocese responsible for churches and clergy is developing a historic spiritual site.

The project team need to understand how schools might use the site, and how the site can benefit you as a school. What would you like to see and do there? What makes a site a great destination for a day out for your students? Please fill in a short questionnaire.
You can also click here for a summary or visit the developer's website.

Courses and events - save the date!

'Understanding System Leadership': the 2015 Headteacher Conference
with John West-Burnham.
23rd September, Salisbury Racecourse.
1 PSA credit or £120 + VAT per attendee. Details

25th November 2015
'Transforming RE, Collective Worship and Spirituality'

Collective Worship Conference; Roots and Fruits; Worship, Theology and Values.
Key Speaker Shahne Vickery will  introduce
the ‘Roots and Fruits’ resource and approach. A range of workshops will be offered during the afternoon. All inquiries to Verity Holloway.

Other courses and events

FREE Information Sessions on Teachers' Pensions: choose from 19th May and 23rd June
Details here.

Sacred Space Conference: 21 May
To inspire and equip parents, carers, teachers and clergy sharing faith in families. 1 PSA credit or £120 + VAT per attendee. Info

Church School Self Evaluation: 19th June.
1 PSA credit or £120 +VAT per attendee. More here

FREE DSAT Academy Conference: 22 June.
Why join DSAT, our multi-academy trust? What are the benefits?
Find out more.

'Take One Concept: Raising the quality of teaching and learning in RE': 24th June.
Fresh ideas for Harvest or teaching about Creation! 1 PSA credit or £120 + VAT per attendee. Details here

'Making a Difference: Religious Education in Church of England Schools' is a one day conference for subject leaders of RE, 25 June.

Keynote speakers:
Alan Brine, Mary Myatt, Deborah Weston
Effective Teaching of Christianity; achieving outstanding SIAMS; effective hub working; the RE Quality Mark, primary and secondary
The Hallam Conference Centre 44 Hallam Street, W1W 6JJ. Cost (including lunch): £145.00. Flyer here.
Use the booking form, email Jemma Adams,
or ring 020 7898 1491.


News from Schools
Venue Hire
Book the DEC here
Courses and Training
Visit our CPD section or
Click here for the brochure


From Church Urban Fund:
Poverty Sunday (21st June)

From RE Today:
If Peter Was A Tweeter
Mandir Visit

Spirited Music- Ten Ways To Get Started

Our colleagues at Church Schools East have just taken delivery of the second print run of Flippin' Praise. This approach heavily influences the SIAMS expectations for Collective Worship in church schools.
Get your copy here!

The Green Project
This series of inspiring workshops by Christian-based Springs Dance Company, in partnership with Tearfund, enables pupils to explore the environment and their impact on it. Teachers and parents love it!
Click here for a flyer.

Need inspiring, fun, relevant literature for children and young people? Dernier Publishing is well worth a look. They have a variety of titles for the 8-16 age range. The stories are told with a Christian worldview and have received some excellent reviews.

The latest title, from Weymouth-based author Mary Millard Weeks, has already been used successfully by a number of schools in the area. ‘A Pennyworth of Peppermints’ is a spy story set in WW1.
Ben and Sidney find a message in a bottle washed up on a beach. The message is written in rhyme - is it just a poem? Through a series of thrilling adventures, the boys, along with Sidney's sister, Vera, discover that there is much more to the message than meets the eye. This delightful story captures a little of what life was like for families at the time, and how faith in God can make a difference, whatever the circumstances.

Love Easter? Love musicals?
Sheila Wilson (‘Hosanna Rock!’) has a great range of Easter musicals for KS1 & 2, which teach the real, inspirational message of Easter. The songs are catchy and poignant, and end with joyful, hand-jiving, celebrations which children - and parents - love! Backing tracks make them easy to sing in assemblies, as a service with Bible readings between, or as an engaging musical with the versatile, simple plays. They’re also ideal to perform in the local church, or for a joint-schools Easter event.
Find the whole range at, where you can also listen to extracts. Email Sheila for advice or book her to teach the songs! See her recommendations below.

Ideal for KS1:

Ideal for KS1-2:
Ideal for KS2:
A handy Easter and Spring songbook:

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Michael Ford is our Newsletter Editor and Communications

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