The Church of England’s Additional Support Offer (ASO) provides a personalised learning journey for headteachers during their first two years in post, prioritising their wellbeing and personal development as a school leader and supporting them through local networks. The ASO is for new headteachers, within the first two years of headship who have either already completed the NPQH or are now undertaking the revised NPQH.
Church School Leaders Induction Day
Following the success of last year, our New Church School Leader’s Induction Day will again be held remotely. The session on 29th September 2021 will run from 9.30 – 13.30. During the morning, new leaders will have the opportunity to explore a range of leadership practices that will be underpinned by the Church of England’s vision for education. During each session, new leaders will be presented with a range of helpful documents and resources that will be supportive in this year of leadership and beyond.
To attend this event please register here
Governors for schools conference
Join the first Governors for School Conference, taking place from 20th – 24th September 2021. Across 5 days, we’ll host over 20 free online sessions to watch live, with key voices in the sector and expert panellists sharing their insight.
5 days of talks and workshops for governors, schools, and partners
Each day will explore a variety of topical governance and education related issues, from skills development, to the future of the role itself.
Find out more about each session and book your place to attend from the programme below.
The session names on the programme are linked, so click the title to sign up via Zoom.
Church School Governors – National Virtual Conference
An opportunity for church of England school governors from across England to begin the new school year together
Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell,
Rev Nigel Genders, CofE Chief Education Officer
Dr Margaret James, National Director of SIAMS
Rev Mary Hawes, National Growing Faith Advisor
Cheryl Govier, Go Team Advisor, Diocese of Bath & Wells
Date: Wednesday 22nd September
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
For more information or to book, please click here
As we move to step 4 of the government’s roadmap, the team have considered how we can best reduce risks related to COVID-19. I write to outline some considerations you may wish to make when deciding to meet with your allocated CDA.
As social distancing measures have now ended in the workplace, LDBE officers will no longer be instructed to work from home. However, as the HSE guidance identifies, you can help reduce transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your premises by:
- limiting visitor times to a specific time window and restricting access to required visitors only
Your designated CDA will contact you to discuss how you would like to plan your visits. Each CDA will ensure that the programmed visits across the Autumn Term are balanced across the week. The CDA Team can visit six or more schools in a week. Therefore, I would like you to consider whether you wish for a remote or virtual visit to your school.
Each CDA will undertake twice weekly home tests until the end of September, when this will be reviewed in line with the schools COVID-19 operational guidance. Any positive testing will follow the PCR guidance, and all schools with planned visits will receive communication to request a change of visit date.
Physical or remote visits beyond the Autumn Term.
As well as reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19, I would welcome you to consider the wider benefits of a blended approach to working with your CDA. Clearly there are both time and environmental benefits that can be achieved when working remotely. The travel time that is saved this year, will be used by each CDA to offer further training, and develop additional resources that can be used in school.
There will, of course, be a need for physical visits to resume. The entire team have missed not being with you in school and are very much looking forward to meeting you all again.
The revised SIAMS Evaluation Schedule (September 2021) is now available on the SIAMS webpage. You will also find an annotated version of the Evaluation Schedule, so you can see clearly what changes have been made. In addition to the amended Schedule, you will find revised and new policies that will help schools to prepare for the resumption of inspection. These are the COVID-19 Policy, the SIAMS Inspection Deferral Policy, and the SIAMS Appeals and Complaints Policy. An Information for Schools document is also included. This is designed to provide schools with a digest of the most pertinent information about the SIAMS process.
Called, Connected, Committed
This is the CofE’s Foundation for Educational Leadership monthly Leadership Development resource. Previous issues are all available on the Foundation website at: