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Head Teachers Conference 2018

‘Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever’

For Head Teachers of Schools and Academies in Blackburn Diocese.
Date: Friday 28th September 2018, 9.30 am – 3.30pm (registration from 9am)
Venue: Jack’s Lounge, Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn BB2 4JF
Cost: £165 per person

Our Keynote Speakers will be:
The Very Reverend Dr John Hall  – the Dean of Westminster and previously the Church of England’s Chief Education Officer prior to which he was Director of Education in Blackburn Diocese.
Lisa Horobin – Adviser to Primary Schools (Blackburn Diocese)

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Christian Leadership Pathways 2018-2019

Dates: to be advised

Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education in conjunction with colleagues from our neighbouring North West Anglican Dioceses run the extremely popular Christian Leadership Course.

in response to the ever-increasing demand for courses on church school leadership, the North West Dioceses, in conjunction with Liverpool Hope University, are pleased to offer a bespoke Middle Leaders Courses for colleagues in Church Schools. To download the Christian Leadership Pathways Brochure click here.

As with Christian Leadership Course places will be limited. Please contact Helen Sage for further details before Thursday 5th July 2018



Illuminating Pathways – Steps along the way – for High Schools and Academies.

This conference is now full.

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths Psalm 25:4

Launch conference for the revised RE framework study units and Understanding Christianity.

Venue: Wrightington Hotel, Moss Lane, Wrightington, WN6 9PB

Date and Time: Tuesday 19th June 2018 from 9.30 am – 4.00 pm

Cost: £250 per school for up to 3 delegates. Additional delegates will be charged at £50 per person.
At the conference you will receive the RE framework and the Understanding Christianity Resource.

Chester Diocese Only – Morning Sessions 1 & 2  £165 for up to three delegates

This conference is for Senior leaders, RE leaders and Governors

Primary RE Cluster Meetings

Primary RE Cluster meetings are for RE Coordinators and those with responsibility for RE. These meetings are informal gatherings where resources, updates, training and good ideas are shared. These meetings will be led by outstanding experienced RE co-ordinators. Lisa Horobin will also attend one cluster meeting at each venue during the academic year as noted below. These meetings are free to schools who pay into the Blackburn Diocesan Family of Schools (SLA). £25 per person for all others.

All meetings start at 4.00pm and finish by 5.30pm

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Summer Term 2017

Tuesday 12th June 2018
Thursday 14th June 2018
Monday 18th June 2018- Lisa Horobin
Tuesday 19th June 2018
Wednesday 27th June 2018
Thursday 28th June 2018
Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School
Lancaster Christ Church C of E Primary School
Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy
Burnley Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
Blackburn the Redeemer C of E Primary School
Leyland Methodist Junior School





Godly Play CPD

Date: Thursday 28th June 2018  9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Room 4, Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park. Blackburn BB1 2QE

Cost: £85 per person per session for schools who pay into the diocesan family of schools SLA

Facilitator: Anne Aspden  (Diocesan Associate Adviser)

Godly Play is a method of Christian Bible Storytelling that aims to develop childhood spirituality, by creating sacred spaces, developing a deeper understanding of religious language, symbols and rites and preparing children to join in the worship and life of their faith community.

It is hoped that this half day course will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • understand the principles of Godly Play
  • experience some of the Godly Play activities
  • access a range of Godly Play resources
  • consider how to use these activities and resources in your school

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Primary Schools Collective Worship Conference

Date: Tuesday 3rd July 2018 9.30am – 12noon

Venue: St James Church, Stopes Brow, Lower Darwen, BB3 0QP.

Cost: £85 per person for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of schools SLA (£170 for all others

This course will be led by Lisa Horobin and is for Collective Worship Coordinators and those who have responsibility for Collective Worship in Primary Schools.  It will provide new ideas, new resources and new songs to enliven and enrich your worship.

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Developing Effective Parental Engagement

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2018 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park. Blackburn BB1 2QE

Cost: £45 per person for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of schools SLA

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to

  • review current practice in relation to contact with parents and carers
  • consider some of the barriers involving parents
  • explore how parents can support the attainment of pupils
  • look at examples of how schools have worked to engage and listen to parents
  • plan next steps and actions to establish and strengthen parental partnerships
  • consider how to evaluate the impact of partnerships on learning and attainment

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