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 2017
‘Stand Firm’

For Head Teachers of Schools and Academies in Blackburn Diocese.
Date: Friday 29th September 2017, 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

Last year our theme was ‘Grow in Grace’, this year we are responding to that with
Stand firm based on 1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know labour for the Lord is not in vain.”

our Keynote Speakers will be:
The Right Revd Stephen Conway  – the Church of England’s Lead Bishop for education in the House of Lords and chair of  the Council of the National Society.
Stephen Whittaker – Director of Education (Blackburn Diocese)
Lisa Horobin – Adviser to Primary Schools (Blackburn Diocese)

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Primary RE Syllabus Launch Conferences 2017

For Blackburn and Liverpool dioceses.

Dates and venues – please choose whichever is most convenient:
All will run from 9.30am – 3.30pm and include lunch.

Thursday 19th October 2017, at  Wrightington Hotel, Wrightington Wigan WN6 9PB
Wednesday 8th November 2017, at  Premier Suite, Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn BB2 4JF
Friday 17th November 2017, at  Holiday Inn Haydock, Lodge lane, Haydock WA12 0JG
All the above venues are now fully booked.
There are limited places available at the Morecambe venue.
Wednesday 15th November 2017, at  Globe Arena, Christie Way, Morecambe LA4 4TB
Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – Wrightington Hotel, Wrightington, Wigan WN6 9PB – Additional Conference 
Cost: £250 for up to three delegates from any one school. This could include Headteacher, RE Coordinator, vicar, governor etc…

The newly revised primary RE syllabus accompanied by the brand new resource Understanding Christianity will be presented and fully explained at these conferences by Lisa Horobin.  At the conference each school will receive a new syllabus and a copy of the Understanding Christianity resource along with a new Picturing Christianity Photograph Pack from RE Today Services. Throughout the day delegates will receive training on how to use the new syllabus and Understanding Christianity in both theory and practice. The new syllabus Introduces a new pedagogy of exploring God’s big Bible story and the big concepts in Christianity. This is an exciting time for RE in our primary schools as the new syllabus promises to move us forward and be even better at what we are already very good at!

As in the past all schools will receive a new syllabus as part of their SLA, however these will not be distributed to those who do not attend the launch conferences until December. Schools will only receive an Understanding Christianity resource if they attend the conference as this resource must be accompanied by training.

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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

Autumn Term 2017

Content:.

Date: Tuesday 14th November 2017

Venue: Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

or

Date: Tuesday 21st November 2017

Venue: Ribby Hall Hotel, Wrea Green PR4 2PR

or

Date: Thursday 23rd November 2017

Venue: Leyland Hotel,  PR25 4JX

or

Date: Tuesday 28th November 2017

Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

Spring Term 2018

Content:

Date: Wednesday 21st February 2018

Venue: Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

or

Date: Tuesday 22nd February 2018

Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

or

Date: Tuesday 27th February 2018

Venue: Ribby Hall Hotel, Wrea Green PR4 2PR

or

Date: Thursday 1st March 2018

Venue: Leyland Hotel,  PR25 4JX

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 for each term

 

Introduction to Admissions

Friday 22nd September 2017  10.00am – 12noon ( refreshments from 9.30am)

Venue: Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Blackburn BB1 2QE

Cost: £45 per school (for up to three delegates) for schools who pay into the Blackburn Diocesan Family of Schools SLA . £90 for all other

Managing and administering the admissions process is one of the most important roles of a Governing Board in Voluntary Aided Schools.  The Admissions Process is a two-year process that starts early in the Autumn Term and can be a complex and time-consuming activity.  This course is for Heads and Chairs of Governors who are not familiar with the Admissions Process, or who want to consult on changes to Admissions Criteria, or those who want a refresh on the whole area of Admissions.

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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.

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Aspiring to leadership in a Church School

Primarily for teachers and Senior leaders working in Community Schools

Dates: Tuesday 21st November 2017

or Wednesday 20th June 2018

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.

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Preparing to lead in a Church School

This is for Deputy Headteachers considering applying for Headship, and teachers applying for Senior Leadership posts.

Dates: Wednesday 27th September 2017 (session1)  and
Tuesday 7th November 2017 (session 2)

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

This conference is free.

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.

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Headteachers and Incumbents Day Conference

Wednesday 7th March 2018 9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: The Abbey Suite, Mytton Fold Hotel, Langho BB6 8AB

Cost:  £165 per school for one headteacher and one incumbent, additional charges will be made for extra places

This conference is for headteachers of our church schools and the Incumbent.

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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

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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

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Be Prepared – SIAMS Inspections

A Half Day conference to prepare you for your SIAMS Inspection. This is only relevant to schools who will be inspected on the existing SIAMS Schedule during the academic year 2017/2018.

Date: Monday 25th September 2017, 9.30am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Samlesbury Hotel, Preston PR5 0UL

Cost: £85 per person for school who pay into the Diocesan family of Schools SLA. £170 per person for all others.

The Conference will be led by Neville Norcross

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Be Prepared – Writing your church school SEF

A Half Day conference which will give you all the information you need to write an effective church school SEF. You will have the opportunity to update your existing church school SEF.  You will need to bring with you a fully charged Laptop.This is only relevant to schools who will be inspected on the existing SIAMS Schedule during the academic year 2017/2018.

Date: Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 9.30am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Samlesbury Hotel, Preston PR5 0UL

Cost: £85 per person for school who pay into the Diocesan family of Schools SLA. £170 per person for all others.

The Conference will be led by Neville Norcross

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Primary Pupils’ RE Conference – Wednesday 14th March 2018

Venue: Mytton Fold Hotel and Golf Club, Whalley Old Road Langho, BB6 8AB
Time: 9.30 am – 2.30pm

This conference is free 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.

2 (Year 5 or Year 6) pupils and one adult per school

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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.

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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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Autumn Term 2017

Dates
Monday 20th November 2017 – Lisa Horobin
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Wednesday 29th November 2017 – Lisa Horobin
Thursday 30th November 2017
Monday 4th December 2017 – Lisa Horobin
Tuesday 5th December 2017 – Lisa Horobin
Venues
Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy
Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School
Burnley Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
Lancaster Christ Church C of E Primary School
Leyland Methodist Junior School
Blackburn the Redeemer C of E Primary School

Spring Term 2018 – these form part of th Understanding Christianity Training Programme

Dates
Tuesday 6th March 2018 – Lisa Horobin}
Thursday 8th March 2018 – Lisa Horobin
Monday 12th March 2018 – Lisa Horobin
Tuesday 13th March 2018 –  Lisa Horobin
Monday 19th March 2018 – Lisa Horobin
Wednesday 21st March 2018- Lisa Horobin
Venues
Burnley Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
Lancaster Christ Church C of E Primary School
Blackburn the Redeemer C of E Primary School
Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School
Leyland Methodist Junior School
Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy

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 28th 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.

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Advent Quiet Day

Friday 1st December 2017  9.30am – 3.30 pm

Venue: Whalley Abbey

A day of reflection for senior leaders and anyone who may benefit from a quiet day away from school. There is no charge.
This day will be led by Fred Kershaw

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