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

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.

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

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: 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

To book click here.

Moving Towards Leadership

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

Dates: Session 1: Wednesday 8th May 2019 and Session 2: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 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

A Morning with HMI

Getting to grips with the new Ofsted framework

Dates: Wednesday 26th June 2019

Target Audience: Headteachers, Senior Leaders and Chairs of Governors

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Best Western Garstang Country Hotel, Bowgreave Drive, Preston, PR3 1YE

The cost of this session is £100.00 for 2 delegates for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of schools SLA.

The session will focus on the following areas:

Getting to grips with the new OFSTED framework

  • Key changes across the inspection framework
  • What the changes mean in reality

Effective self-evaluation

  • Using documentation efficiently
  • Inspection meetings

Inspection as part of school improvement

  • Effective quality assurance

Having a coherent narrative about your school

  • Telling your school’s story – Getting it right
  • The role of the Headteacher/Senior Leader during inspection
  • The role of Governors during inspection

To book your place on this training please click here

Developing outdoor prayer areas

Date: Wednesday 13th March 2019

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.

To book your place on this training please click here

Headteachers and Incumbents Day Conference

Talking about gender in church schools

Exploring some of the issues raised in All God’s Children. Looking at the church view, the school’s view and action planning for schools.

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.

To book click here.

Developing Multi-Faith and Multi-Cultural Education

Date: Wednesday 5th June 2019

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

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

Facilitator: Liz Agbettoh

Cost: The cost of this course is £85 per person per person for schools who pay into the Diocesan Family of schools SLA or schools can use their SLA session and two members of staff can attend.

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 they currently do to educate children about faiths other than Christianity and other cultures
  • Explore examples of good practice/resources
  • Identify how they can enhance their current ‘offer’
  • Plan how they will take the work forward in their school

To book your place on this training please click here

Review your Website in a Day

Date: Monday 18th March 2019

Time: 10.00am – 3.30pm

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

Cost: £150.00 per person

The course will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • review their school’s website against DfE compliance guidance;
  • understand what SIAMS inspectors look for when reviewing school websites prior to inspection;
  • evaluate their school’s website in line with National Governance Association guidance;
  • explore examples of good practice.

Participants are asked to bring with them a fully charged laptop.

To book your place on this training please click here

Making the links: Christian Values and  British Values

Date: Thursday 21st March 2019

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Room 4, Clayton House, BB1 2QE

Cost: £85.00 per person

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
  • 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 Vision for Education.

To book your place on this training please click here

Developing a ‘Worship’ Group in your School

Date: Thursday 13th June 2019

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

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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Be Prepared – SIAMS Inspections

Date: Thursday 9th May 2019 9.30am – 12 noon
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.

A Half Day conference 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). 

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Be Prepared – Writing your church school SEF

Date: Tuesday 21st May 2019 9.30 am – 12 noon
Venue: Globe Arena, Morecambe LA4 4TB

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.

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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School Buildings, Capital works and funding.

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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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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Developing Children’s Spirituality

Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Venue: Room 4, Clayton House, BB1 2QE

Cost: £85.00 per person or 2 delegates if taken as SLA support session

This course will provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • understand what we mean by the term ‘spiritual development’
  • consider how Ofsted and SIAMS inspections evaluate spiritual development
  • review what you currently do to develop spiritual awareness
  • consider different spiritual styles
  • explore examples of good practice
  • plan next steps

To book your place on this training please click here

‘Godly Play’ CPD

Date: Wednesday 19th June 2019

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.

To book your place on this training please click here

Year 6 Leavers Celebration Service

Dates:  Tuesday 9th July 2019 (Fully Booked)
Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Venue: Blackburn Cathedral

A service for all Year 6 pupils to celebrate their time at primary school and encourage them as they journey on to high school.

The format of the celebration will be decided when numbers are known, but it will be a time of lively and exuberant praise and celebration. More details will be sent in the summer term to all schools who book.

All celebrations are now fully booked. Perhaps next year we will do more!

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 your places and choose venue and dates please click here

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