Diocese of Exeter

There are 133 Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Exeter. Together, this family of schools, academies, trusts and federations educate over 28,500 children. We support these schools in developing and sustaining a Christian vision of education. To this end, through our services to schools, we provide a wealth of information, resources, support and signposting for headteachers, staff, clergy and governors.

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Philosophy for Children P4C

Philosophy for children (P4C) is a powerful educational approach that has been found to be highly effective in the dual aims of raising attainment and improving children’s enjoyment of learning.

Event Date 22-06-2021 1:30 pm
Individual Price £30.00
Foundation Member Training

Foundation members are an important part of academy governance. Increasingly it is recognised that a single annual meeting is simply not enough to allow members to fulfil their role effectively.

Event Date 30-06-2021 10:00 am
Individual Price Free
Understanding Christianity - the course is run over three parts

This course is for School Leaders, Teachers, Governors and Directors, and Church members and is in three parts.  Sessions are as follows:

Part one - 24th September 2021 from 09:30 - 13:00

Part two - 4th November 2021 from 13:00 - 16:30

Part three - 1st December 2021 from 13:00 - 16:30

Understanding Christianity has been written by RE Today and gives in-depth support to the Christianity sections of the new Plymouth, Devon and Torbay RE syllabuses. It aims to develop pupils’ understanding of key concept sin Christianity as a contribution to their understanding of the world and their own experience within it. This three session course will give teachers full access to this outstanding and nationally recognised system of learning in RE.

Event Date 24-09-2021 9:30 am
Individual Price £50.00 per delegate
Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE)

Audience: School Leaders, Teachers, Governors, Directors

This course will give an introduction to the Goodness and Mercy website, which has been set up to resource Church of England schools to deliver high quality RSHE resources. The resources and approaches offered on this site give expert guidance on health, relationships and sex education, and on wider issues in the PSHE curriculum.They have been written primarily for Church of England Schools, but are appropriate for all schools to use.

Event Date 28-09-2021 4:00 pm
Individual Price £30.00 per school
Introduction to SIAMS

Audience: School Leaders, Teachers, Governors and Directors

This course will introduce teachers and school leaders to the current SIAMS framework and self-evaluation form documents. It will offer guidance on what is inspected and how to prepare fully for a future SIAMS inspection. It is aimed at all staff and governors and will be an interactive, informative and enjoyable course. The course has been costed to encourage more than one member of staff/governor to attend.

Event Date 06-10-2021 9:00 am
Individual Price £50.00 per school
Vision, Prayer and Reflection

Prayer and reflection are powerful. Vision is energising. Combining these aspects enables a Church School to flourish. 

This course is aimed at School Leaders, Governors, Directors and RE Leads

Event Date 14-10-2021 4:00 pm
Individual Price £30.00 per school
Courageous Advocacy and Social Action

Audience: Heads of School / CEOs / School staff / Governors

This course will help schools to explore the concept of courageous advocacy and what that might mean in their unique context. It is important to move beyond simple solutions, like fundraising, to ask questions about why underlying injustices keep people poor and what can be done about it. We need to develop an understanding of the structural causes of poverty, looking at the complexities that cause injustice in order to tackle root causes,rather than simply soothing symptoms alone. Courageous advocacy can take a number of forms, and we will be exploring examples of the following:

  • awareness raising
  • community influencing
  • lifestyle changes
  • consumer power
  • engaging with decision-makers.
Event Date 18-11-2021 1:00 pm
Individual Price £30.00 per delegate
RE Updates for Church of England Primary Schools

Audience: Primary RE teachers and RE Leads

This meeting will explore current issues for primary teachers of RE including:

  • networking shared ideas;
  • curriculum planning;
  • worldviews and RE;
  • leading and monitoring across the school;
  • RE, Ofsted and SIAMS;
  • what should RE look like in a Church school?
Event Date 23-11-2021 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
RE Updates for Church of England Secondary Schools

Audience: Secondary RE teachers and RE Leads

This meeting will explore current issues for Church of England secondary RE teachers including:

  • networking shared ideas;
  • KS3/4 programmes and planning;
  • GCSE updates;
  • RE, Ofsted and SIAMS;
  • what is a worldviews approach;
  • what does RE look like in a Church school?
Event Date 24-11-2021 4:00 pm
Individual Price Free
Vision Led Collective Worship for Community Primary Schools

This is a two part course with the second session on 1st February 2021 from 13:15 to 15:45.

How can Collective Worship shape who we are as a school community, exemplify our vision and promote our ethos?

What are the characteristics of good Collective Worship and how well are we doing?

How can we best support staff, pupils, and volunteers to make the most of the time?

What resources are available that we can draw on?

How does Collective Worship link with Spiritual Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC), mental health and wellbeing, and the wider curriculum?

In this two-part course we will examine these questions in more detail and signpost resources to help you strengthen your provision.

Event Date 11-01-2022 1:15 pm
Individual Price £80.00 per school
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