Training and Events

Our courses – and we run nearly forty every year focus around those aspects of education that are distinctive within a Church school setting. For the autumn term 2020, we will be running virtual courses and further details are provided below. 

A highlight of the course calendar is the Annual Church School Leaders' Conference. The date for this year's conference is provisionally Wednesday 18 November 2020.  For details of last year's conference, please see below.  Another highlight is the Diocesan Service of Celebration of Church Schools which will take place in the Summer term 2021. Please see further information below.

Courses 2020-2021

For an overview of our training provision for the autumn term 2020, please click here.

Upcoming courses in the Autumn term include:

Basics of RE - Wednesday 23 September, 9.30am-12.30pm

Being a Governor in Church Schools - Monday 28 September

Basics of Collective Worship - Tuesday 29 September, 1.30 - 4.30pm

New to Teaching RE - Tuesday 6 October, 9.30am-12.30pm

Diving Deeper in RE - Thursday 5 November, 9.30am-12.30pm

Working with your Headteacher: from appointment onwards - Thursday 12 November

For more information, please click on the course title.  

For any queries or bookings, please contact Jacqui Studd, tel:01473 298570.


Diocesan Service of Celebration for Church Schools 

The provisional date for our annual Diocesan Service of Celebration for Church Schools for the academic year 2020-21 is Sunday 18 April 2021.  The theme will be "I am the Resurrection and the Life".  Further details to follow. 

The last Diocesan service took place on Sunday 6 October and hundreds of pupils and parents filled the cathedral. The Dean welcomed med all the schools and the Ven Dr David Jenkins, Archdeacon of Sudbury and pupils from King Edward VI School led parts of the service. The theme this year was one of Jesus’ sayings in John’s gospel: “I am the vine”, and pupils from Barnham CEVCP School discussed this with the Dean during the service.  Pupils from Ixworth CofE Primary School performed a dance to Psalm 23, pupils from St Margaret's CEVAP School, Ipswich sang Let your Love Shine and pupils from Risby CEVCP School led the final prayer. There was also a reading of John 15 by Ella Bedford, Debenham High School and another pupil from the school, Polly Cox sang an acapella version of Amazing Grace. These annual services are always a joyful occasion, where we give thanks for the work of church schools. 

The date for this year's cathedral service is provisionally Sunday 11 October 2020.  For any queries, please contact Jacqui Studd.

Annual Church School Leaders' Conference 2019

This conference was held on Wednesday 6 November and over 50 people attended, most of whom are Heads, Deputies or foundation governors in church schools across Suffolk. Phyllida Hancock from Contender Charlie led an inspirational morning on influential leadership, drawing lessons on leadership from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Delegates reflected together on the key challenges facing our schools, including meeting the needs of pupils (particularly special educational needs) within significant financial constraints.

Pupils from Tattingstone CEVCP led an act of collective worship after lunch. Delegates heard how Walsham le Willows CEVCP had developed its school vision, resulting in a beautiful mosaic which reflects the village and Biblical themes of roots, living water and bearing fruit. We launched the Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award which helps to develop character and leadership skills in children and young people. Gill Mitchell, Headteacher at East Bergholt CEVCP, led a session on working with parents, which was full of practical advice. There was also a presentation by Wesleyan on financial support to schools.  All in all, a valuable day of networking and equipping our church school leaders. 

Jane Sheat, Diocesan Director of Education writes "It is always a joy to welcome heads and governors to our annual conference. We aim to provide a range of resources and support for church school leaders which helps them in their vital work.” 

Last updated 13 August 2020.