Rhythm of Life Is Here!!
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Mini Reflection and Training Series
This series of reflection pieces, with opportunities for training and 'digging deeper', are designed to support all staff in our schools and academies to explore further the distinctiveness of church schools and the difference they can and do make to the lives of our young people.
1: Faith at Home - Supporting the faith development, spiritual development and pastoral care of our young people
2: Building Communities - The theme of this issue is about ‘building community’. We would recommend the 'think piece' and it’s associated video, by Professor Barry Carpenter on developing a ‘recovery curriculum’.
3. Wellbeing - For many children and staff, our schools are the perfect places to provide this sense of belonging that is such a key foundation for well-being and good mental health. Church schools are founded on the idea of the intrinsic value of each individual and the passionate desire to see each of these reach their full potential. They are loving, nurturing communities that support everyone to grow and thrive.
4: Governance - As with any leadership role, the key to good governance is to set the tone from the top. The role of the chair is a critical one in any governing board. This short reflection piece aims to guide governors through some of the key principles of effective governance.
5: Support Staff - Every individual in your staff team plays their part in making school run smoothly and so enabling it to be a happy and healthy place for pupils to learn. Not only do they give commitment, but also compassion and a love of children and young people. This short reflection piece focuses on the real difference our support staff make to their schools and pupils.
6: Tackling Disadvantage - Pupil Premium can only ever be a proxy measure for disadvantage. Our church schools know this better than most and understand that disadvantage is not always captured by the ‘Pupil Premium’ measure. This reflection piece looks at some of the thinking around disadvantage and equity, the EEF research and the questions senior leaders may need to ask when considering how to tackle disadvantage.
7: Rhythm of Life - As we approach Advent it is a good time for us to reflect on the rhythm of our lives and if we are placing emphasis on the right things to support our wellbeing and those around us.
Our Bereavement Guidance Document for schools is now available via our website. The guidance offers practical and research based support as well as links to resources for schools whether you are dealing with bereavement in your school or supporting the wider community. Please don't forget that your named adviser and the local church will also be able to provide support.
The liturgical calendar, covering the academic year 2020 / 2021, indicates the festivals and seasons of the Anglican Church with their liturgical colours. It will be useful to schools as they plan their collective worship. In addition, there is also a table with key festivals of other World religions. Click HERE to download the calendar.
COVID -19: Suggested questions for governors at this time
In these unprecedented times governing boards have been restricting their initial business to that which is critical. It is still important that governing boards assure themselves that what is being delivered in and out of school is safe and appropriate. We thought it might be helpful to scaffold a range of questions that governors may wish to use over the course of their meetings this term. Click here to download the question prompts.
Collective Worship Guidance Under COVID-19 Restrictions
This guidance is to support schools in continuing to fulfill their statutory duties in ensuring an act of collector education for all pupil every day, even when we can't meet as one group together. Click here to download the short guide.
Ofsted Briefing - Autumn Term 2020
We held a briefing for Governors and School Leaders this term about Ofsted 'visits' this term and what to expect. Click here to download the key slides.
Supplementary Advice for Governing Boards - Autumn Term 2020
We have produced a supplementary advice document for Boards to help them consider what work they might fruitfully do this term with out adding to the presure already felt by school leaders. You can see the advice here. Mentioned in the document is one called Governance: Evaluating the Evaluating.