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SDBE Term 2 Update
This week, Bishop Stephen visited Winterbourne Earls Primary School in the second of his planned visits to hear what children and young people have to say about the world in which they want to live.  

When asked questions such as, “What things are important to you?” and “What kind of world do you want to grow up in?” children from Winterbourne and Sarum St Paul’s Primary School shared their hopes for a world in which fairness, safety, kindness, and the environment are top of people’s priorities. They spoke eloquently about their concerns around poverty, conflict and inequality and gave examples of ways in which schools, families and church could work together more to improve the environment and address needs of the local and wider community.

The session was facilitated by Lizzie Whitbread, the senior Children and Young People’s Adviser who is capturing the themes and recommendations that the pupils are giving in each of the five meetings that have been arranged.

“We want the arguments to stop.” “We want a big meeting with children in it.” “We want to be listened to.” Composting, food banks, community fridges, litter picks, reducing plastic waste, more public transport and vehicles that use clean energy, and especially making our communities places where people can be free to be themselves and feel safe - were just some of the ideas that were shared.

We are sure you will agree that from this one meeting alone, Bishop Stephen has already been given much to think about as he continues to meet with people across the diocese. If you would like to bring a small group of pupils to one of the other events that are being held, please get in touch with Marion for more details:

We thank you and thank God for the ways in which your schools and churches and their communities are places of hope and aspiration. Thank you for the difference you are making.
In this termly briefing you will find:
  1. Local and National Church of England News
  2. Religious Education
  3. Collective Worship
  4. Church, School and Community
  5. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
Local and National Church of England News
Called, Connected, Committed  - Have you read the latest Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership 'Called, Connected, Committed' mailout - Hope and Aspiration? If you missed it, you might want to catch up on Dame Alison Peacock’s piece about the importance of pupil voice and agency. Or you could explore the Growing Faith Report 1 (Sept 22) and/or Report 2 (Oct 22) with some children/young people and send the feedback back to the team. Or are you interested in vision driven inclusion? Then how about joining the national SEND network run by Lorraine Prince? There is plenty more in the mailing – do invest some time to explore it. 
CEFEL National Conference – Flourishing Together will take place on Friday 27th January in London. Here you can read details about the speakers and register for your tickets. CEFEL have secured funding to subsidise 10 secondary schools to bring 10 students each to the Student Leadership stream of the conference. To register your interest in that, please contact – CEFEL would love to welcome you to the conference, where they put young people at the heart of all that they do.
Could you write a Thought for the Week for us? We are seeking contributions of photographs and reflections for our Thought for the Week. If you could include ideas from children, young people, your family or have something of your own to share with us, please email for the guidance and template document. Thank you very much in advance and to everyone who has contributed so far! 
CofEPQH – Congratulations are due!  - Last term the advisory team had the pleasure of hearing from Cheryl Smith, Assistant Headteacher at Poole, Bishop Aldhelm’s CE Primary School. Cheryl has been one of the participants on the Church of England National Professional Qualification for Headship and she spoke of the impact of the programme on her journey of school leadership. The presentation was deeply valuable to us all, as it enabled us to think about our own vision-driven work and how we can listen, reflect and act to enable others. Our congratulations go to Cheryl for completing the programme which she has done through a pandemic and becoming a mum whilst on the course! We look forward to seeing her with her certificate showing the full CofEPQH once it is received. A wonderful achievement!  
Taking a path less travelled - In March 2022 the SDBE took a new approach to working with school Trusts. A new pathway was taken; a journey to developing a Programme for Church School Flourishing. The intention, to enrich and deepen the expertise of school trusts, enabling the flourishing of their church schools, their children, young people and adults. The impact has been clear and positive, Trust leaders are completing, absorbing and enacting the SDBE training provided. Just last week a Headteacher identified the helpful challenges brought by a Trust-led church school flourishing visit. If your Trust is yet to participate, please contact Steve Cowdery for more information.
Radically different, radically the same - Last week Dr Margaret James set out the future of SIAMS and the radically different approach being taking to church school inspection from September 2023 when there will be no grades and no grade descriptors. However, much of the content of what will be inspected from September 2023 will be very familiar: A Christian vision, RE, collective worship, courageous advocacy, dignity and respect all remain in the SIAMS Schedule documentation. If you have missed this national update, the webinar can be found here. See below for follow up CPD run by the DBE.
DBE SIAMS Support - Salisbury DBE are offering an opportunity, at no cost, to connect in initial training following the planned changes to SIAMS from next September. This will be through exploratory follow-up sessions, which start next week and can be booked now. Additional, in-depth and in-person training will take place later in the school year. 
A Prayer for Advent has been written for schools including input from Bishop Stephen, Dean Nick and Revd. Pete Atkinson from Salisbury Cathedral. A recording of the prayer being prayed by children will be sent to schools as soon as the editing has been completed. It will include how to ‘sign’ the prayer too. We’d love to hear how you are using it.
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Religious Education

Your school’s local RE Network Hub is meeting this month and your Hub Lead Practitioner will have been in touch with you about the date and venue. We really hope you have been able to sign up and attend. Being together in person again is such a gift! Go to this page of the website and find the PDF Download to see the most up to date details of the networks, and the free RE and CW Forums for Middle and Secondary schools. Do email your RE Network Hub Leader or with any questions. Book on the virtual update on 6th December if you were unable to attend in person.

BWET Grant application bids are welcomed until 9th December 2022. The information you need to bid for up to £3,000 to support Religious Education and schools is on the DBE pages of the website here

CREative, REinspiring Virtual RE Conference is on Tuesday 21st March 2023. It will have a focus on Curriculum, RE Assessment, The Hindu Worldview Tradition and People of God and Kingdom of God in Christianity. Thanks to a financial subsidy from Sarum St Michael’s Education Charity it is only £50 per person. (PSA schools have already got a free place as part of your subscription - so get your cover booked!) Book it here.

Want to feel more confident in your subject knowledge in RE? In response to Ofsted’s requirement for teachers to access high-quality subject knowledge training, RE Today is running a series of webinars covering the six main religious worldviews in the UK as well as non-religious worldviews. Book here. How could you share your learning with a colleague?
The RE Xchange event took place last term and now you can watch the short, 40-minute recordings. See the full list at the bottom of the page found here. Or pick one or two from these: a) NATRE Curriculum Symposium report that includes primary work on oracy and vocabulary and secondary reflection on the importance of personal knowledge
b) The story tent recording about scriptural reasoning
c) Hear Jen Jenkins and teaching colleagues talk about making sense of worldviews (Hermeneutics)
Which will you watch? What will you do as a result?
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Collective Worship

Collective Worship CPD This week, two of the three regional collective worship sessions have taken place and it was great to be in person again. We truly valued having school and church collective worship leaders together in the same space and have learned such a lot from one another. The final session is at the end of the month in Semington Air Ambulance Centre, Wiltshire. If you have not yet booked on one and can make this venue, please sign up here. Session 2 is virtual on Zoom. It is aimed at school pupil worship leaders. If you have something you are doing that is inclusive, inspirational and invitational with the young people in your school, please do consider offering to share into this new approach to CPD. It would be a 3-5 minute slot. Nicola is also keen to plan the Summer term Session 3 around what you need.  Do email to let her know - 

The Archbishops’ Young Leader Award have a four weeks of Advent resource for schools to use this term. Follow the Star – Advent Journeys enables schools to explore the journeys in the Christmas story and how these can inspire us to reach out and make a difference to others in our communities this Advent and into our lives. The resource can be used in Collective Worship or individually. Do let us know how you use it.
The Bible Society have a number of resources on their webpage here. Including some video animations of ‘The Christmas Poem’ and ‘Amazing Days’ written by Bob Hartman.
Engage Worship have some links to free material to support seasonal worship on their webpage. See here for Remembrance and Peace themes, here for Christmas/Advent, plus here for a five week reflection for adults called ‘Worship in the Waiting’.
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Church, School and Community
Sherborne Children and Young People led Sherborne’s town Council first ever networking event for youth organisations. School and Church leaders, using the diocese’s Community Hub model, supported young people to genuinely lead the presentation of issues and to table the discussions that followed. Their passion, vision and enthusiasm helped galvanise the room! The young people will now choose three priority projects to take forward to make Sherborne a more, “young person friendly town”. They will also liaise and advise the committee that is forming to support them as they work on other issues such as, ‘Warm Spaces’ that arose as priorities in the meeting. Ian Bartle, Head of Sherborne Abbey Primary school said, “I just felt it was amazing to allow and enable the children to help develop the direction and future of their own town, and to see democracy in action.”  Read more here.
Bath and Wells Diocese have released Series 3 Chat Mats. This series has been designed with young people and teenagers in mind. The Chat Mats feature 14 issues that young people are keen to talk about and engage with within the church. They allow you to read the Bible and have conversation together, while exploring a challenging issue. As with Series 1 and 2, the sheets can be coloured and doodled on, allowing everyone to respond in their own way. Click here.
Hymnpact!® is a subscription-based resource for primary schools and churches, providing hymns and songs that are appealing to children and adults alike. Produced by The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), the music is suitable for use in school (in worship and curriculum settings) but are also appropriate for church congregations of all ages. Hymnpact bridges the gap between the hymns and songs commonly sung in schools and the range of hymns sung in church. Our diocese is a pilot for this project. If you want to join the pilot, you will be able to avoid the £50 subscription cost. Please contact with your expression of interest by the end of November.
The Young Leaders Award team have updated their website since joining the Church of England Education Office. See their free resources that support you in building leadership opportunities for young people. Here are the links for their November Webinars in understanding how to bring the YLA to your school. Suitable for pupils in KS1-KS4.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Clewer Initiative has produced useful resources which could be used by churches and schools to explore modern day slavery. In the resources you can find a ‘Take the Pledge’ set of letters as well as the ‘Hear my Voice’ art project that involved schools last year in Ely Cathedral.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has recently launched new resources to help schools prevent hair discrimination. The Equality and Human Rights Commission draw attention to court cases which indicate that hair-based discrimination disproportionately affects girls and boys with Afro-textured hair or hairstyles. They point out that race is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010, which means a person must not be discriminated against because of their hair or hairstyle if it is associated with their race or ethnicity.

An Angel Just Like Me Advent resources were kindly shared in 2021 by the Dioceses of Portsmouth and Winchester. In addition to supporting collective worship and RE, they also begin to address some of the issues stated in the ‘From Lament to Action’ report.

This mini project for Christmas has been developed from a now out-of-print but significant book by Mary Hoffman ‘An angel just like me’. Included is a project booklet with pages of activities, ideas and links to RE curricula, and an accompanying Worship PowerPoint presentation that links to Mary Hoffman reading the book.

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Share your news!

We look forward to hearing about your school news stories and sharing them through social media and on the diocese’s news page. 150-250 words and a royalty-free image with all necessary permissions is all that we need. See examples from some of our schools here and here and here. Please email your stories to
Parting Gift – an extract from
‘Hope was heard Singing’ by Sally Foster-Fulton

Remember who we’re waiting for
At the advent of Advent, it’s worth remembering who we are waiting for…
Not a child in a manger,
all swaddling clothes and innocence,
but a man on a mission
– with an uncompromising agenda –
one that gives the whole world to the meek;
one that asks us to give up all that the world tells us is important;
one that says that true power can be found
housed in the frailty of forgiveness,
the virtue of vulnerability
– that says there is freedom in saddling ourselves to the needs of others.
We are waiting for a rebel.
So get ready.
Because if you acknowledge his birth,
 if you are on your guard,
if you lay a stake in his claim
that God can burst through and change the world,
then he’ll have no choice…
but to begin that change in you.
Remember who we’re waiting for.
Nicola and Elspeth
Nicola Coupe
School Improvement Adviser
Elspeth McNicol
Education Services Assistant
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