All bookings for conferences and courses are now managed online.

Please note that payment for all conferences will be requested by invoice.

For Conferences and Courses for High schools and Academies please click here.

For Governor  Training and Conferences and including Admissions Training please click here

 

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)

To book your place click here

Appeals Panel Training

For Chairs of Governors, Admission Committee Members, Head teachers & Appeal Panellists

Date: Friday 20th April 9.30am – 11.30am
Venue: Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE

We will be looking at how to prepare for an Appeal, how Appeals are conducted, and how Appeals are judged and decisions are made.

We would welcome head teachers, deputies and any Governors who are responsible for Appeals and may have to attend an Appeal Panel.

To book your place on this training please click here

Primary Head Teachers Twilight Meetings 2017/2018

For Head Teachers of Primary Schools and Academies in Blackburn Diocese.

These meetings will be repeated at four venues across the diocese. Please book into whichever venue is most convenient. This is an opportunity to keep up to date with current issues from the diocese and across the wider world of education as they affect church schools and academies.
Each meeting will begin at 4.00pm and end by 5.30pm

These meetings are free to schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools SLA. For non-members the cost is £45 per person.

To book your place click here and choose your date and venue for each term

Summer Term 2018

Content:

Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Venue: Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

or

Date: Thursday 24th  May 2018

Venue: Ribby Hall Hotel, Wrea Green PR4 2PR

or

Date: Tuesday 12th June 2018

Venue:  Leyland Hotel,  PR25 4JX

or

Date: Thursday 14th June 2018

Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

To book your place click here and choose your date and venue.

 

 

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

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.

This conference is for Senior leaders, RE leaders and Governors

To book your place, click here

 

School Buildings, Capital works and funding.

Friday 13th October 2017 9.00am – 12noon
Venue:
Samlesbury Hotel, Preston PR5 0UL

or

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 9.00am – 12noon
Venue
: Globe Arena, Morecambe LA4 4TB

Cost: £85 per school for one Headteacher and one Chair of Governors.  Additional places will be charged at £50 per person.
These costs are for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools SLA, £170 for all others

This half day conference is designed to explain all about capital building projects, from the use of consultants and what schools should expect from them, to how the LCVAP process and funding works, and where DFC, Barchester and Governor contributions all fit in.  We’ll discuss what schools can expect from being a member of the Building SLA Group, what Governor Responsibilities are for buildings, and where to turn to information, advice and guidance.
This course is suitable for Heads and Chairs of Governors/Chair of Buildings Committee particularly of VA Schools.

To book places and choose your venue click here

The New SIAMS Schedule

Thursday 10th May 2018 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue:
Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF

or

Friday 11th May 2018 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue:
Globe Arena Morecambe LA4 4TB

or

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 9.30am – 3.30pm
Venue
: Wrightington Hotel, Wrightington, WN6 9PB

Cost: £165 per person (for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools SLA, £330 for all others)

This training will introduce and explain the new SIAMS Schedule which will be effective from September 2018 onwards.

The content of this training will include an in depth look at the criteria and new grade descriptors, followed by how to update your SEF taking the changes into account.

To book places and choose your venue click here

Moving Towards Leadership

Target Audience – Deputy headteachers considering applying for headship and teachers applying for Senior Leadership posts.

Dates: Session 1 Wednesday 2nd May 2018 4.15pm – 6.15pm

Session 2 Tuesday 12th June 2018 4.15pm – 6.15pm

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

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

Session 1 will provide participants with the opportunity to

  • reflect on why they want to lead, particularly in a church school.
  • consider the key elements of a ‘good’ application
  • review their draft application, if you have one, with a view to writing a model application
  • review their leadership strengths and identify areas for development
  • identify how skills gaps can be ‘plugged’

Session 2 will focus on

  • getting the most from the school visit, pre-interview.
  • preparing for all aspects of the interview process.

To choose your date and book your place click here

Aspiring to leadership in a Church School

Primarily for teachers and Senior leaders working in Community Schools

Dates: Tuesday 21st November 2017 4.15pm – 6.15pm

or Wednesday 20th June 2018 4.15pm – 6.15pm

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

This conference is free.

This two hour twilight session is aimed at teachers and senior leaders, currently working in Community Schools, who may be considering applying for leadership positions in a Church School. This session will provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • Understand the differences between Church Schools and Community Schools;
  • Consider the key elements of the application and interview processes;
  • Identify the support available to Senior Leaders from the Blackburn Diocesan Board of Education.

To choose your date and book your place click here

Developing a Worship Group in your school

Date: Wednesday 9th May 2018 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Room 4 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

It is hoped that this twilight session will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • understand the difference between a Worship Group and an Ethos Group
  • consider the purpose of a worship group
  • hear from a school that has set up a worship group that engages and empowers children
  • explore how to evaluate success
  • plan next steps for your school

To book your place click here

Making the links: Christian Values and British Values

Date: Tuesday 19th June 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm

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

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

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to

  • understand their statutory requirements in relation to promoting/teaching British Values
  • appreciate the difference between British Values and Christian Values
  • understand the theological background to Christian Values
  • consider how promoting Christian Values can be used to support the promotion of British values
  • review your schools current practice in terms of progressing Christian Values and British Values
  • share effective practice
  • explore how promoting Christian and British Values can also support the delivery of the key pillars of the Church of England’s vision for education.

To book your place click here

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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Developing Multi-Faith and Multi-Cultural Education

Date: Monday 18th  June 2018 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Room 3 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

  • understand why multi-faith and multi-cultural education is important in a church school.
  • review what you currently do to educate your children about faiths other than Christianity and other cultures
  • explore examples of good practice/resources
  • identify how you can enhance your current ‘offer’
  • plan how you will take the work forward in your school

To book your place click here

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.

To book your place click here

Developing Outdoor Prayer Areas

Date: Wednesday 16th May 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: 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 Pickup  (Diocesan Associate Adviser)

It is hoped that this session will provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • assess the potential for developing outdoor prayer areas in their school
  • hear what other schools have done to create and maximise the impact of outdoor prayer areas
  • explore how outdoor prayer areas can be used to support the RE Curriculum
  • plan next steps.

To book your place click here

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

To book your place click here

Induction Course for new Head Teachers and new Deputy Headteachers

An introduction to leadership in a Church if England/Methodist Primary School within Blackburn Diocese
This course is free to schools who pay into the diocesan family of schools SLA. For non members the cost is £85 per person per session,

The programme, consisting of two day conferences and 3 morning sessions will provide professional support for newly appointed head teachers and deputy headteachers within a church school. The programme is led by members of the Diocesan Board of Education team.

Session 1: Tuesday 10th October 2017 – Day Conference – Vision, Values and legacy –  Leadership in a Church School
Session 2: Thursday 30th November 2017 – Building the Kingdom – school buildings
Session 3: Tuesday 23rd January 2018 – Admissions, Appeals and Governance
Session 4: Tuesday 20th February 2018 – Church School distinctiveness – progressing the journey
Session 5: Thursday 26th April 2018 – Day Conference – Courage to lead – Church, Community and School

All sessions will be held at –St James Church, Stopes Brow, Lower Darwen, BB3 0QP. Sessions 1 and 5 will be from 9.30am – 3pm, Sessions 2-4 will be from 9.30am – 12 noon

To book your place please click here.

Induction Course for Newly Qualified Teachers or teachers new to Church Schools

The three sessions aim to deepen participants’ understanding of the distinctive nature of a church school in the areas of values, collective worship, religious education and children’s spiritual development. It is expected that the participants will attend all three sessions, however booking for individual sessions can be made. The programme will be led by Lisa Horobin.

This course is free to schools who pay into the diocesan family of schools (SLA). For non-members the cost is £45 per person per session

Session 1: Thursday 23rd November 2017  – Values, Ethos and Spiritual Development
Session 2: Thursday 8th February 2018 – Outstanding RE
Session 3: Thursday 24th May 2018 – Collective Worship

All sessions will be held at St James Church, Stopes Brow, Lower Darwen, BB3 0QP. from 9.30am – 12 noon

Online bookings are no longer being taken for the NQT induction programme. If you have a member of staff who you feel would benefit from this course please e-mail carole.garner@blackburn.anglican.org

 

Primary Pupils’ Collective Worship Conference – Wednesday 13th June 2018

Venue: Jack’s Lounge, Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn BB2 4JF
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm

The cost for this conference is £100 per school for 2 (year 5 or Year 6) pupils and one adult for each family of schools SLA Payment (£350 for all others)
Additional places will be charged at £50 per person.

To book please click Here

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

To Book on the Primary Cluster Meetings click here

 

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Summer Term 2017

Dates
Tuesday 12th June 2018
Thursday 14th June 2018
Monday 18th June 2018- Lisa Horobin
Tuesday 19th June 2018 – Lisa Horobin
Wednesday 27th June 2018
Thursday 28th June 2018
Venues
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

Primary RE Co-ordinators Day Conference

Thursday 21st June 2018  9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Jack’s Lounge, Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn BB2 4JF.

This conference will be Led by Lat Blaylock

This will be the final session of the Understanding Christianity/Questful RE Training.

To book click here.