Education E-news  :  November 2021

Learning with meaning and purpose - to know God and shape the world

Diocese of Chichester Education Department Update.
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ (Romans 15:13)
Trevor Cristin DDE
Diocesan Director of Education
Dear Colleagues

I hope you had a refreshing half term break and managed to find time away from school and the demands of leadership.  The next half term is a busy but hopefully, joyous time for school communities but it will still be demanding for headteachers, staff and governors.  So I urge you to pace and look after yourselves as you immerse yourself in the excitement of this time of year.
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We are pleased to let you know that our virtual training is up and running.  All training and network meetings can be booked through Eventbrite.   Information about each course can be found following the link on the diocesan Eventbrite booking page to the relevant course.

RE Primary Network Meeting,
Thursday 18 November 16.30 – 18.00 via Zoom
Moving Forward as a Church School, Session 1 Tuesday 23 November
10.00 – midday via Zoom
What Does it Mean to Get Better at RE, Friday 26 November 10.00 – 16.00
Church House, Hove

Managing Anxiety course: Online course. To access it , click on this link and then click on ‘Guest’ without the need to register. Once you have accessed the programme, click on the green dot next to “An Introduction to CBT” which will take you into the course content.


2022 Leavers Celebrations
Venues and Dates:
Chichester Cathedral 27 July am and pm
Chichester Cathedral 28 July am and pm AM now Full
All Saints Church, Crowborough 30 June am and pm
St Matthew's Church, St Leonards 1 July am and pm
Lancing College Chapel 4 July am and pm - AM now Full
St Andrew's Church, Eastbourne 6 July am
Christ's Hospital Chapel 7 July am and pm - NB this replaces Worth Abbey

Please fill in this booking form as soon as possible and return to

If your school has one of the Bereavement Boxes - There is still one missing - please email in order to arrange their return.

Foundation Governors and Clerks Information

All training to be booked on Eventbrite

Introduction to SIAMS for Governors,  Monday 29 November 18.00 – 19.00 via Zoom

Please remember to notify us of any changes to the Chair of Governors; Clerk to Governors; or any Foundation Governors including Ex Officio Foundation Governors

Growing Partnerships Webinar Recording To watch this video log in as a Guest

Admissions Update for July 2021

Admissions and Church Attendance: Guidance when churches are open with COVID19 restrictions

Following several questions on how any criteria relating to attendance at worship might be applied. Here is a guidance covering the main issues that have been raised which we hope will help those completing any supplementary forms, please share the link with any clergy who have questions on this. If you have any further queries, please contact Cathy Slow.

Here is the link to the updated version of the Diocese of Chichester’s Brief Guide to Federation 2021

Link to the updated Foundation Governor Removal Policy agreed by the Diocesan Board of Education 26.02.2021
The latest Keeping Children Safe in Education January 2021 can be found here.

The DfE have released the latest update on the "Governance Handbook".  The October 2020 update can be found here. 
Requesting minutes and papers for Governing Board meetings
Here is the latest Foundation Governors Appointment Process - May 2021

Foundation Governors - Making an essential difference Video link Serving as a Foundation Governor can be a hugely rewarding vocation.  For more on this go here.

Christian Distinctiveness and
School Effectiveness

As you will be aware a new Church of England Education Office (CEEO) team has taken over all the administration and management of SIAMS from this September.  Inspections resume this term and the names of those schools who are likely to be inspected have been published on the CEEO website.  The national team have revised the Evaluation Schedule and some policies and written several new documents to reflect the changes they have made. We have links to all these documents on the SIAMS page of our website. We have also produced new DOC SIAMS templates and guidance documents which are available to download from our website. We recommend you visit our website and familiarise yourself with the current SIAMS information and key documents.

New Resources
The Church of England Education Office have released their new guidance on Collective Worship in schools: Church of England - Inclusive Invitational Inspiring -CW Guidance May 2021

Resources on our website: Collective Worship, SIAMS, RE, RHSE and School Effectiveness

The 'Bullying and Belief Toolkit' is now available here : It address the issue of bullying linked to belief and includes lessons and assemblies.

RE Training - see Diocesan Training above.  Book through Eventrbrite

We would like each school, where possible, to have a generic 'Head of RE' email address to combat the bounce backs from staff/name changes of Head of RE/RE Co-ordinators. Please send these email addresses to Yasmin Heasman.
School Assets
VA Capital Funding - School Condition Allocation (SCA - formerly LCVAP)
All VA schools should complete the Capital Premises Development Plan form annually and submit it to the diocese. If you are seeking SCA funding you will also need to complete the section regarding the maintenance and suitability projects which you would like to be considered for SCA funding in 2022/23.
If you have any queries please contact Heather Broadbent at  heather.broadbent@chichester.anglican.orgPlease return your plan by November 8th
Condition Data Collection
Please be aware that the DfE’s consultants have now started tranche 2 of the Condition Data Collection 2 visits. Find out if your school is in tranche 2 click here. The Condition Data Collection informs the DfE on the condition of your school buildings and the rating they apply following the visit affects the amount of School Condition Allocation capital funding provided to either the Diocese for VA schools or the LA for VC schools.

Please note the DfE expect all schools to have an Estate Vision, Estate Strategy and Asset Management Plan  - further information can be found here through GEMS (Good Estate Management for Schools).

GEMS (Good Estate Management for Schools) was launched last year and provides some useful guidance, tools and checklists for schools to assist in the management of the school buildings.
This compliance tracker helps ensure that routine inspections and checks are undertaken as required and other DfE tools and checklists can be found here.
The DfE expect schools to managed asbestos in schools effectively and provides guidance here.  Asbestos management will also be covered in the Condition Data Collection visits as will GEMS.  
It is of course always good practice for premises managers and SLT to undertake frequent visual checks of all school buildings and grounds to ensure that there are no obvious issues with roofs, windows or pests.
News from Our Schools
We would love to share some of your exciting ideas and happenings with others. Send them through to Vanessa Vollebregt.
Church of England Information
Guidance on Growing Partnerships : School and Parish

    If @ChiDioEducationany of our schools are on
    Twitter, please don't forget
    to follow our Twitter feed

To acquire a Parish Boundary Map for your school follow the process attached.

SIAMS 2021-2022
A list of all schools likely to be inspected in the academic year 2021-2022 has now been published on the Church of England Website.  All Diocese of Chichester schools on this list have been notified by our SIAMS administrator.
All schools who are on the current inspection list should read the Diocese of Chichester (DOC) SIAMS Essential Information Factsheet (September 2021) and read the CEEO Information for Schools September 2021.



Kristin Stevenson of the Bible Society
Sat 27 Nov 10:00 - 13:00, Church House, Hove
To book email:  Irene.Smale

Kristin is the Children and Family Development Lead for the Bible Society.   Kristin will be sharing resources and also ways we can strengthen the links between churches, schools and families.
Celebrate Christingle
The Children's Society couldn't be more excited about the chance to reunite with friends, family and the local community this Christingle. You can now order from their newly updated range of resources and get planning your brightest Christingle yet.
Picture News  Many of you incorporate Picture News into your collective worship planning. Please find attached some helpful and important advice about using Picture News effectively as a church school.  For those schools who have not seen Picture News, you might like to take a look.  As with all resources, Picture News should be used wisely, as one element that can add to the richness of your daily collective worship along with other materials.

Children's Society's Talking about Friendship - Resources for Children and Teachers
Friendship guide
Teachers’ leaflet

Your Space Therapies is a tailor-made service and is totally flexible to the needs of individual schools. They provide therapists to work in schools for anything from one hour per week on a time-limited basis or from two hours per week to full-time for a whole academic year, meaning that you have a specialist consultant and child mental health expert in your school’s professional team all year round contributing to your school community. For 2021-2022 Training and Conferences go here.


Christ's Hospital School Bursary Applications open for September 2022.  To find out more go here.
Springs Dance Company - PARABLE is a curriculum-based adventurous and interactive performance and workshop that reimagines religious stories, based on the parables that Jesus told, giving children an exiting opportunity to encounter and overcome creative challenges togther, whilst social distancing.  For more information visit PARABLE
(It can be delivered several times throughout a school day for small bubbles of children to be Covid-safe)
Global Neigbours School Accreditation Scheme
Christian Aid has partnered with the Church of England in order to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and confidence to act against inequality and work towards a world free of poverty. To find out more go here.

God and The Big Bang sessions give students from Year 6- Year 11 an exciting opportunity to discuss and debate the compatibility of science and faith.

The Historical Association  has some very good materials for both Primary and Secondary schools when they become members. 

The Good Childhood Report 2020
Modern life has been chipping away at children’s happiness over time. The Good Childhood Report 2020 finds this toxic trend continues.  Read the key findings here.
More Resources >>>

Funding Opportunities

Armourers & Brasiers : Support for Science in School
Primary and secondary schools in the UK can apply for funding to purchase equipment so that students can enjoy practical science, to run science enrichment projects in schools, or to enable students to participate in science events and competitions. 

Funds are finite and will be allocated on a first come first served basis in each year starting on 1 April each year until all the funds are exhausted.

Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme New appications from October 2020
State funded schools as well as dedicated schools that do not have or want to improve their libraries can apply for funding of between £1,000 and £10,000 through the Foyle Foundation Schools Library Programme.
Classics for All
State schools in the UK can apply for grants to develop the teaching of the classics such as Latin, Greek, classical civilisation and ancient history. Previous grants awarded have ranged in size from £100 to £15,000 supporting everything from the establishment of an after school Classics club to training for teachers in 20 schools to introduce Latin or Classical Civilisation at Key Stage 2 and 3, GCSE or A level. Applications can be submitted at any time.
Blue Spark Foundation
Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to support the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other projects. Of particular interests are projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people. Applications can be submitted at any time and must be made online on BlueSpark Foundation's standard Application Form.

HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust
for the Conservtion of Wildlife and the Environment (England and Wales).
Monthly grants are made to support the conservation of wildlife and the environment by the HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust.

Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme
The Institute of Mathematics has announced that individuals working in Schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can apply for funding of up to £600 to run or attend an educational activity relating to mathematics.  For more information go here
Applications from primary schools are also welcome, but due to the aims of the Institute, primary schools should work in partnership with a secondary school, FE or HEI. Priority will be given to applications from members of the Institute.  If the applicant is not a member of the Institute the name of a co-applicant who is a member must be given.  Applications can be submitted at any time.
More Funding >>>
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