IMPORTANT UPDATES – JANUARY 2018 It is essential that we maintain up to date information on all of our schools and therefore we would ask you to provide some basic essential information which will enable us to communicate better with all of our schools. Simply click on the following link: http://w.pfrms.co/64066
VA Schools Financial Check Thank you to all the schools that have already submitted their basic financial information for us to review. The intention is that we will identify those schools in need of additional support in dealing with financial challenges. If you have not completed this please ensure that you do so urgently through the following link: http://w.pfrms.co/dgeaf
Beautiful Artwork on Display at Don Bosco House A big thank you to the staff and students of Holy Trinity in Birmingham who shared their artwork with us at the annual conference. This has been transferred onto canvases and is now on display in Don Bosco House – or check out our home page on the website. http://www.bdes.org.uk/ We always welcome photographs or student artwork to share with schools across the diocese through our website or display at Don Bosco House. Please contact Charlotte Kirby on email@example.com
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation): An Introduction for Schools and Academies New legal changes are coming into force from May 2018. We have secured training to be delivered by our legal experts which is open to all headteachers at the forthcoming headteacher briefings. Please click on the link to book your place: http://w.pfrms.co/84raj Governor Training
12th February 2018 – Governor Induction Training – venue DBH 27th February 2018 – Director Induction Training – venue DBH
All bookings can be made through our online booking form: http://w.pfrms.co/84raj Thank you to all those in governance positions across the diocese for completing the skills audit. If you have not already done so please help us to identify your training needs by completing your own governor skills audit by clicking on the link below: http://w.pfrms.co/g4y7a We will analyse the results and arrange suitable training shortly.
Supporting Catholic Leadership Head Teacher Briefings Head Teacher colleagues are invited to sign up for their next Head Teacher briefing at the following link: http://w.pfrms.co/84raj As well as the usual updates from members of the DES team, there will be a brief presentation from Chris Quinn RSC at both Friday briefings and a very detailed presentation from Winckworth Sherwood on GDPR at all four briefings. This will help all schools move towards statutory compliance in light of new data regulations which come into effect in May 2018. Leadership Conference The DES is now accepting bookings for this Year’s Leadership Conference which takes place at the International Convention Centre on the 22nd June 2018. Each school is invited to book one free place for their Head Teacher and a second free place for their Chair of Governors. All other places are charged at £100.00 per delegate. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so Heads are asked to please book their place and that of their Chair now using the following link. http://w.pfrms.co/fyapg
Leadership Courses Day 3 of Induction Courses for new Head Teachers and Deputies are being offered at DBH this term along with 2 one day courses for aspiring leaders. Headteachers need to encourage those with leadership potential either in the immediate or longer term to attend . 7th February (Wednesday) for aspiring senior staff http://w.pfrms.co/84raj 13th February (Tuesday) for aspiring middle leaders. http://w.pfrms.co/84raj At Headteacher briefings in the autumn term names of staff with possible leadership potential were identified by those in attendance. These staff members will be emailed directly by the BDES to make them aware of the courses available. Headteachers are asked to be generous with these staff and to encourage them to sign up for available courses. The links for both courses are on the BDES website and applications are made directly via the website. Please ensure to sign up by Thursday 1st February 2018.
Academy Statement More schools had their Academy Orders approved by the Head Teachers Board just before Christmas: St. John’s, Banbury will be joining Pope Francis MAC and Our Lady and St. Werburgh’s, Clayton, Staffordshire will be joining Christ the King MAC. To ensure that the Diocese can give Governing Bodies the right level of support in the development of the Academy Strategy, we are asking all Chairs to submit an up to date questionnaire by 15 January 2018. Chairs have been emailed a link to the Pro-Forms document for completion. This form is much simpler than before and should only take a couple of minutes to complete. Should you wish to discuss the progress of your School towards becoming part of a MAC please contact Mark O’Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by telephone on 01675 464755 ext. 123.
RE and Catholic life updates - Secondary Information Religious Education
Please note the dates and locations for the upcoming RE Partnership Meetings: 10/01/18 – Coventry and Area RE Partnership- St Thomas More, Nuneaton 11/01/18 – South Diocese RE Partnership St Benedict’s, Alcester 16/01/18 – Birmingham RE Partnership at Don Bosco House 18/01/18 – Black Country RE Partnership- St Edmunds, Wolverhampton 25/01/18 – Stafford RE Partnership- St Joseph’s College, Trent Vale 30/01/18 – Oxfordshire RE Partnership – Blessed George Napier, Banbury
The second Head of RE conference is due to take place on Friday 23rd March at Don Bosco House. We are delighted to announce that Greg Baker will be hosting this day as an A Level Conference. Greg has been working alongside many of the exam boards and with a vast amount of practitioners to help teachers meet the new demands of the A Level. It promises to be an excellent days INSET, so please ensure you book onto the day. Schools are entitled to 2 delegates.
Catholic Life Following on from the huge success of the PICCLS Conference, this term we will be hosting at Don Bosco House our PICCLS partnerships. These meetings begin at 8:30am and finish with lunch.
28/02/18 - PICCLS Partnership at DBH, Coleshill (Blackcountry & Coventry) 08/03/18 - PICCLS Partnership at DBH, Coleshill (Oxford & Birmingham) 13/03/18 - PICCLS Partnership at DBH, Coleshill (Stafford & South Diocese)
In addition the DES secondary team can provide Catholic life and RE INSET to meet individual school’s needs. In you wish to discuss this further please contact Daniel Vince on email@example.com
Section 48 January 2018 Update Please note that schools will be inspected against the new revised Section 48 Framework for Inspection from January 2018. The new Framework and School Self-Evaluation Forms are available on the Birmingham Diocesan Education Service Website at http://www.bdes.org.uk/section-48.html Training for Section 48 Inspection is available each term on the following dates.
Section 48 Training for Headteachers and Senior Leaders Thursday 1 March 9.30am - 2.30pm Don Bosco House Section 48
Section 48 Training for Governors Thursday 1 March 6.30pm - 8.00pm Don Bosco House Section 48
Section 48 Training for Headteachers and Senior Leaders Thursday 19 April 9.30am - 2.30pm Don Bosco House Section 48
Section 48 Training for Governors Thursday 19 April 6.30pm - 8.00pm Don Bosco House Section 48
Section 48 Training for Headteachers and Senior Leaders Thursday 21 June 9.30am - 2.30pm Don Bosco House Section 48
Section 48 Training for Governors Thursday 21 June 9.30am - 2.30pm Don Bosco House Section 48 It is highly recommended that headteachers and RE subject leaders/PICCLS attend this training together.
Chaplaincy News Please look out for the exciting information that will be coming in the post to you in the next week regarding the SYNOD Events. As mentioned at the CASH meeting, our launch event with Archbishop Bernard is at Oscott College on March 1st. Archbishop Bernard warmly invites 10 young people from every secondary school (year 11-13) to join him for an exciting day filled with world class speakers, innovative workshops and a chance for young people to have their voices heard. Pope Francis is keen to hear from as many of our young people as possible and our 18 month program of events kicks off on this exciting day! To book your places contact Beccy Roseman on firstname.lastname@example.org
A great opportunity for Spiritual Guidance training! This FREE course will take place at Oscott College from 29th- 31st January 2018. This course is sponsored by the English Benedictine Congregation in collaboration with the National Office for Vocation of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales and organised by the Diocesan Vocations Office and The Kenelm Youth Trust. If you work with young people and want to gain skills in how to listen effectively, guide in discernment and support in their faith journey, this is the course for you! To book your FREE place please email B.email@example.com The next Lay Chaplaincy INSET Day will take place on Tuesday February 6th. It will be held at Don Bosco House from 9-3pm and it is a great chance for Lay Chaplains to receive professional training and development with national speakers and share good practice with each other. These INSET days are an important part of our work with Lay Chaplains and so we hope to see as many there as possible. Please contact Beccy Roseman with any requests for INSET or support on firstname.lastname@example.org
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