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May 2016

News and Resources

You will soon be able to book courses online.
Our new system goes live this Friday, 13 May - courses will be available via our 
Schools menu and Courses page. An illustrated Step by Step guide is available in each case: video instructions will follow.
To celebrate HM The Queen’s 90th birthday and her role as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, every parish church and church school is being encouraged to organise
festivals, exhibitions, celebrations or activities for the weekend of 10-12 June 2016. Ideas and resources can be found here. If you have any plans, especially joint school and parish events, we’d love to hear about them. Email us or ring 01722 438651. Do email the Church of England, too. Your event might be in the news!
‘The Servant Queen and the King She Serves’ is a gift book celebrating the Queen’s Christian faith in words and pictures, with a foreword written by Her Majesty.
The print run has been doubled by popular demand!
Info and ordering here.
The DfE Character Awards 2016
The awards seek to identify, recognise and celebrate those leading the field in character education. Several Church of England
schools won awards last year, and it would be great to ensure that the fantastic work happening around our network is properly celebrated at national level. Schools and organisations are invited to submit entries here. More info here.
Seeking inspirational education stories!
Education Sunday, which takes place 11 September this year, is a national day of prayer and celebration for
everyone who works, volunteers and prays for education in all its forms- Sunday school leaders, receptionists in educational settings, school leaders, university lecturers, adult educators, school governors and so on. If you, or someone you know, has an inspirational story to share, please click here.
Grant for disadvantaged schools
Thomas Betton’s charity awards an annual grant, currently £7,500, for activities or resources
additional to those usually funded through the school budget. The selection criteria includes schools located in area of significant disadvantage, excellent Headteacher providing strong leadership, and ethos based on principles of the Christian faith.
This charity is currently looking to add two new schools to its list. If your school – or one you know of – might benefit from this support and meets the criteria, please contact
Springs Dance Company specialises in RE through dance and helps young people learn about - and learn from - the Christian faith.
‘Get Fit Go Green’ features energetic, action packed dance workshops that help children think about climate change and improve their fitness. Ideal for use as part of PE and the sports premium funding. Also links to RE, PSHE / Citizenship and Drama. Flyer here.
The Peaceful Path Project offers workshops in primary schools, introducing children to the labyrinth as a tool for exploring spirituality and wellbeing. More here
Paul Alexander's 'Francis' Tour
One man: an extraordinary life.
Strikingly simple and true to the spirit of Francis of Assisi,
this one man show needs no props, no scenery, special lighting, amplification or stage setting. It is powerful, deeply moving and suitable for all age groups and any type of audience, religious or otherwise. Venue bookings are now being taken, with a sliding scale of payment for smaller venues such as schools and churches. More info here.

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The RE Quality Mark has been developed to celebrate high quality religious education, giving a framework for excellence in practice. There are three award levels: bronze, silver and gold. Schools applying for the REQM highlight where they think they meet the criteria and, after application, an assessor will visit the school, interview learners and meet the subject leader and a member of the senior leadership team. The cost is £475 per school: funding may be available.
Click here for a briefing and how to apply.

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