Developing the Christian Character of your school

On Monday, April 13th, over 150 staff from 33 of our family of schools gathered at St Joseph’s High Catholic and Anglican School for our first Diocesan whole-school INSET day.

Neville Norcross delivered a powerful and engaging INSET on “Developing the Christian Character of Your School”, with a wealth of tips, advice and practical examples on how to emphasise and deepen the distinctive nature of a Church school.

A copy of Neville’s presentation can be found here.

We also heard about the Living Wage initiative, for which some of our schools have already signed up, and an introduction to the “E-Cadets” (an internet safety service for children and young people). All participating schools were also gifted a copy of “Roots and Fruits”, a new resource for collective worship.

P1050066Tim Feak, the Diocesan Youth Officer, opened and closed proceedings with some thought-provoking reflections and stories. The staff at St Joseph’s provided outstanding hospitality and welcome, and one of the biggest rounds of applause of the day went to the chef who prepared everyone a fantastic Thai banquet.

Rosalind Williams, Director of Education and Lifelong Learning said “This is the first time that we have asked our schools to devote a whole staff training day to their Christian Distinctiveness, which allowed not only headteachers but all staff to attend. We are delighted that so many schools participated and have told us how affirming and valuable the day was.”

Initial feedback on the event has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to being able to announce the next event shortly. Keep your eyes open for updates!