All bookings for conferences and courses are now managed online.

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

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Head Teachers Conference 2018

‘Jesus Christ the same yesterday and 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 for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools £330 for all others

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

Secondary RE Network & Support Meetings

Thursday 27 September 2018

Venue: Whalley Abbey, The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9SS

Session 1: Heads of RE (RE-New), 8.15 am – 10.45am
Session 2: Worship Co-ordinators (RE-Praise), 11 am – 12.30 pm
Session 3: Chaplains & Christian Youth Workers, 1 pm – 2.30 pm

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Valuing All God’s Children

Date: Friday 19th October 2018, 9.30 am – 3.00pm (registration from 9am)
Venue: Globe Arena (Morecambe Football Club) Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe LA4 4TB
Cost: £165 per school for headteacher and one Governor for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools £330 for all others

This conference is suitable for both Primary and Secondary phases.

Following the publication of the ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ report this days training from the Diocese aims to support schools looking at dealing with issues raised in VAGC.

The day will include practical sessions on problem solving and resources.

The cost of £165 is for up to 2 people (one Headteacher and one governor) additional places will be charged at £165 per person.

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Christian Leadership Pathways 2018-2019

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.

Embracing Worship pupil conference

for Year 7 and 8 pupils

A pupil conference to explore creating and leading worship.  The sessions will also be of particular interest to staff who oversee Collective Worship in school.

Date: Tuesday 13 November 2018, 9.00 am – 2.30pm (registration from 9am)
Venue: St James’ Church, Stopes Brow, Lower Darwen BB3 0QP
Cost: £100 for up to 10 pupils and 1 staff member for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools,  £200 for all others

Booking will close on Tuesday 6 November 2018

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Primary Head Teachers Meetings 2018/2019

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

These meetings will be repeated at four venues across the diocese. In the Autumn Term the meetings will be held at 4.00pm – 5.30pm and in the Spring term they will be breakfast meetings beginning with a celebration of the Eucharist at 8.00am, these meetings will finish by 10.30am  there will be no meetings in the Summer Term.

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 2018 – All 4.00pm – 5.30pm

Date: Tuesday 13th November 2018

Venue: Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

or

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018

Venue: Leyland Hotel, PR25 2PR

or

Date: Tuesday 20th November 2018

Venue: Ribby Hall Hotel, Wrea Green  PR4 2PR

or

Date: Thursday 22nd November 2018

Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

Spring Term 2018 – All 8.00am – 10.30am

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2019

Venue: Leyland Hotel, PR25 2PR

or

Date: Thursday 28th February 2019

Venue: Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

or

Date: Tuesday 5th March 2019

Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe LA4 4TB

or

Date: Thursday 7th March 2019

Venue: Ribby Hall Hotel, Wrea Green PR4 2PR 

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

 

Developing Multi-Faith and Multi-Cultural Education

Date: Thursday 4th October 2018

Time: 4.15pm – 6.30pm

Venue: Room 3, Diocesan Offices, Clayton House, Walker Office Park. Blackburn BB1 2QE

The cost of this course is £45 per person per session for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of schools SLA.

This course will provide participants with an 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 on this training please click here

A morning with HMI
Getting the best inspection outcomes for your school

Tuesday 9th October 2018 9.00am – 1.00pm
Venue:
Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

Cost: £100 for up to two delegates per school.
These costs are for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of Schools SLA, £170 for all others

This course is suitable for Headteachers, Senior Leaders and Chairs of Governors.

The session will focus on the following areas:

Getting to grips with the OFSTED framework

  • Key changes across the inspection framework

Teaching over time and self-evaluation

  • Effective self-evaluation
  • Using documentation efficiently
  • Inspection meetings

Inspection as part of school improvement

  • Safeguarding is everyone’s business
  • Effective quality assurance

Having a coherent narrative about your school

  • Telling your story – Getting it right
  • Ofsted – Myths dispelled
  • The role of the Headteacher/Senior Leader during inspection

The role of Governors during inspection

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School Buildings, Capital works and funding.

Friday 12th October 2018 9.00am – 12noon
Venue:
Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa BB5 5JP

or

Wednesday 22nd May 2019 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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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: Thursday 11th October 2018 – Day Conference – Vision, Values and legacy –  Leadership in a Church School
Session 2: Tuesday 4th December 2018 – Building the Kingdom – school buildings
Session 3: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 – Admissions, Appeals and Governance
Session 4: Tuesday 26th February 2019 – Church School distinctiveness – progressing the journey
Session 5: Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 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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Moving Towards Leadership

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

Dates: Session 1: Wednesday 26th September 2018 and Session 2: Tuesday 6th November 2018 both sessions 4.15pm – 6.30pm

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

The cost of this twilight is £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 book your place on this training 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: Tuesday 16th October 2018  – Values, Ethos and Spiritual Development
Session 2: Thursday 7th February 2019 – Outstanding RE
Session 3: Thursday 2nd May 2019 – 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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‘Godly Play’ CPD

Date: Thursday 18th October 2018

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Room 4, Clayton House, BB1 2QE

Cost: £85.00 per person.

Facilitator: Ann Aspden, (Associate Adviser)

‘Godly Play’ is a method of Christian Bible storytelling that aims to develop childhood spirituality, by creating sacred places, 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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Developing outdoor prayer areas

Date: Thursday 8th November 2018

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Room 4, Clayton House, BB1 2QE

Cost: £85.00 per person.

Facilitator: Anne Pickup, (Associate Adviser)

It is hoped that this session will provide participants with the 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 R.E curriculum;
• Plan next steps.

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Developing a ‘Worship’ Group in your School

Date: Monday 12th November 2018

Time: 4.30am – 7.00pm

Venue: Room 4, Clayton House, BB1 2QE

Cost: £45.00 per person

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 on this training please click here

Questful RE and Understanding Christianity – Final Launch!

Friday 16th November 2018 9.30am – 3.30pm

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

Cost:  £250 per school for up to three delegates, if you did not attend one of the previous launch conferences and therefore need an Understanding Christinity Pack.

or £165 per delegate for schools who attended one of the launch conferences in  2017.

This conference is primarily for schools from Liverpool and Blackburn Dioceses who missed the Launch conferences for Questful RE and Understanding Christianity in the Autumn Term 2017. This conference will be a repeat of those conferences.

However if other schools wish to send delegates who were unable to attend the launch conference last year (eg new RE Coordinators or new members of staff) places may be available. Priority will be given to schools attending for the first time.

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Advent Quiet Day 2018

Friday 23rd November 2018 9.00am – 3.30pm

Venue: Whalley Abbey, The Sands, Whalley, Clitheroe BB7 9SS

Cost:  This Quiet Day is free to members of Blackburn Diocesan Family of Schools

This day of reflection and stillness will be focusing on the themes within the season of Advent.  The day will be led by Fred Kershaw and is for senior leaders, governors and anyone who may benefit from a quiet day away from school.

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Headteachers and Incumbents Day Conference

Thursday 14th March 2019 9.30am – 3.30pm

Venue: Jacks Lounge, Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn, BB2 4JF

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 of the associated parish.

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Making the Links: Christian Values and British Values

Thursday 22nd November 2018 4.15pm – 6.45pm

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

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

This course will provide participants with an 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 school’s current practice in terms of progressing Christian Values and British Values;
• Share effective practice;
• Explore how promoting Christian and British Values can also support delivery of the key pillars of the Church of England’s Vison for Education.

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Be Prepared – SIAMS Inspections

A Half Day conference, repeated on three occasions, to prepare you for your SIAMS Inspection. This conference will look at the new SIAMS Schedule. It is recommended that you also attend the corresponding ‘Writing your church school SEF’ conference (see below).  Each conference will begin at 9.30am and finish at 12 noon

Date: Wednesday 7th November 2018
Venue: Samlesbury Hotel, Preston PR5 0UL

or

Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019
Venue: Leyland Hotel, Leyland PR25 2PR

or

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019
Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe LA4 4TB

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

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Be Prepared – Writing your church school SEF

A Half Day conference, repeated on three occasions,  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 in line with the new SIAMS Schedule. You will need to bring with you a fully charged laptop.Each Conference is from 9.30am – 12 noon

Date: Wednesday 14th November 2018
Venue: Samlesbury Hotel, Preston PR5 0UL

or

Date: Friday 1st March 2019
Venue: Leyland Hotel, Leyland PR25 2PR

or

Date: Tuesday 21st May 2019
Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe LA4 4TB

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

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Primary Schools Collective Worship Conference

Date: Thursday 24th January 2019  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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Primary RE Co-ordinators Day Conference

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 9.30am – 3.30pm

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

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

For all Primary RE Coordinators

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Primary Pupils’ RE Conference – Wednesday 6th March 2019

Venue: Lacks Lounge, Northcote at the Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn BB2 4JF
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 12th June 2019

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 2018

Dates
Thursday 1st November 2018
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Thursday 8th November 2018
Monday 12th November 2017
Wednesday 14th November 2018
Wednesday 21st November 2018
Venues
Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School
Burnley Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
Lancaster Christ Church C of E Primary School
Blackburn The Redeemer C of E Primary School
Parbold Douglas Primary Academy
Leyland Methodist Junior School

Spring Term 2019

Dates
Monday 4th March 2019
Tuesday 12th March 2019
Thursday 14th March 2019
Wednesday 20th March 2019
Thursday 21st  March 2019
Tuesday 26th March 2019
Venues
Blackburn The Redeemer C of E Primary School
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
Leyland Methodist Junior School.

Summer Term 2019

Dates
Tuesday 14th May 2019
Wednesday 15th May 2019
Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Thursday 23rd May 2019
Monday 10th June 2019
Tuesday 11th June 2019
Venues
Burnley Holy Trinity C of E Primary School
Barton St Lawrence C of E Primary School
Parbold Douglas Church of England Academy
Lancaster Christ Church C of E Primary School
Blackburn the Redeemer C of E Primary School
Leyland Methodist Junior School