CPD & Training

Please find event details and links to each booking form below:


Diocesan Headteacher conference
17 November 2017: 9:15am -3:30pm - Cranage Hall, Crewe
‘Thriving, not surviving: the church school of the future’. The focus of this year’s conference is emotionally and spiritually healthy schools. Keynote speakers: Chris Penn, newly appointed DDE of the Diocese of Chester. Chris will explore the leadership vision set out in the ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’ report, alongside featuring the work developing Spirituality from two Chester diocesan schools: one Primary and one Secondary. Keith Simpson, Head teacher of Middlewich High School and Chair of Cheshire East Emotionally healthy schools project, will share the ground breaking multi-disciplinary work of the Emotionally Healthy schools project.
£100 for Family of Schools members. £150 for non-members.
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Diocesan Deputy Headteacher / Senior Leader conference
23 January 2017:
  9:15am -3:30pm - Cranage Hall, Crewe
‘The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional , spiritual  as well as physical . In response to the 2016 report: ’Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’, we will be exploring how we can ‘sustain, renew and improve’ our vision for leadership and develop Spirituality alongside emotional well-being in Church of England schools. The conference will provide practical examples of how this can be implemented in church schools.
£100 for Family of Schools members. £150 for non-members.
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Preparing the SEF for a church school
Thursday 25th January: 9am -3.30pm - Church House, Daresbury
Practical advice and support in writing a SEF for a church of England school. The course will be led by our diocesan consultant and retired former HMI, Brian Padgett.
Please be advised that numbers are limited for this course.
£100 for Family of Schools members. £150 for non-members.
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Aspiring to lead in a church school
Tuesday 13th February: 9am -3.30pm - Wrightington Hotel and Country Club
Tuesday 6th March: 9am -3.30pm - Cranage Hall
Explore and reflect upon distinctive Christian leadership. Listen to a church of England head teacher share their leadership journey. Gain some practical ideas for RE and worship within a leadership role and practical advice in applying for posts.
This is a one day course with the offer of two venues across the diocese.
£100 for Family of Schools members. £150 for non-members.
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Growing spirituality in a church school
Friday 9th March: 9.15am -3.30pm - Foxhill Conference Centre
Friday 15th June: 9.15am -3.30pm - Foxhill Conference Centre
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31)
One day at Foxhill will provide the opportunity to reflect and explore ways to further develop spirituality when leading a Church School community
£100 for Family of Schools members. £150 for non-members.
Booking Form - 9th March 2018
Booking Form - 15th June 2018


Christian Leadership Course
The Christian Leadership Course is an innovative and exciting programme for aspiring leaders in Church of England schools. It was designed and is led by officers, advisers and professional colleagues from the five North West dioceses. We aim to develop a clear, coherent vision for the leadership of church schools and explore ways in which church schools can provide ‘Life in all its fullness’. We also look to affirm the role of spiritual leadership in the school community and beyond. Due to the popularity of the course, the 2017-2018 course is full. We have opened a waiting list for the 2018-2019 course and beyond.
Please email your name, school name and contact details to Sandra Reynolds as soon as possible (sandra.reynolds@chester.anglican.org)


NEW North West Dioceses Middle Leader Course                    
The Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders in Church Schools is a 5-day programme that has been specifically designed in collaboration with the five north west dioceses and Liverpool Hope University to support aspiring, and newly appointed, middle leaders working within a Christian school context. The programme will enable participants to explore and articulate their personal values and mission to have a better understanding of the distinctive mission and vision of Church of England schools and the role of middle leaders in these settings. It will provide participants with the opportunity to critically engage with leadership and management theories/research and how these relate to, and support, the understanding and development of personal leadership capabilities and practices.
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RQT reflect and review on life in a church school
Friday 12th January 2018: 8.30am -12.30pm - Church House, Daresbury
An opportunity to meet together for an afternoon with colleagues from other diocesan church schools to discuss and share good practice, to explore the place of Christian values in a church school and the importance of teaching RE.Please note: a buffet lunch will be provided
£25 for Family of Schools members. £50 for non-members.
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Primary NQT welcome
Monday 13th November 2017: 9am -3.30pm - Church House, Daresbury
Monday 20th November 2017: 8.30am -3pm - Tarporley C of E Primary School
We look forward to welcoming our NQT colleagues to the Diocese of Chester and will explore: Christian values, quality RE and what working in a church school means.
The two days are an integral part of the NQT course. As places are limited for the school-based day, it may be necessary to offer an alternative date.
Early booking is recommended.
£100 for Family of Schools members. £150 for non-members.
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Secondary NQT welcome                                                                           
Thursday 23rd November 2017: 2pm -6pm (sandwich buffet tea will be available) - Church House, Daresbury
We look forward to welcoming our secondary NQT colleagues to the Diocese of Chester and will explore what makes a church school distinctive: Christian values, ethos and what working in a church school means.
The course will be co-delivered by Mr Paul McAleese, Deputy Headteacher of Sir Thomas Boteler C of E High School.
£25 for Family of Schools members. £50 for non-members.
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Using the diocesan syllabus with the Understanding Christianity project - 2 Day Course
Friday 19th January:
9.30am -3.30pm - Church House, Daresbury
Friday 11th May: 9.15am -12.30pm - Church House, Daresbury
Please be aware that the deadline for bookings or cancellations is 19/12/2017 as materials must be ordered a month before
Attend both days
These two days will be helpful to delegates who haven’t previously attended the Understanding Christianity resource training but delegates who have attended the training last year may find it helpful to revisit the material and to further consider how the resource can complement the Diocesan syllabus.
Delegates must indicate on booking if they have already received the UC resource in earlier training so appropriate materials can be ordered if necessary.
NB Teachers who have previously attended the Understanding Christianity training may wish to attend to explore further links with the Diocesan syllabus.
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£150 per person for Family of Schools members
£200 per person for non-members
NB There is a £50 reduction on the course cost for those who have attended the UC Training before.
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World Religions Day                                                   
Wednesday 7th March:
Morning session: 9.15am -12.15pm (Islam)
Afternoon session: 1pm -4pm  (Hinduism)
Church House, Daresbury
This day session is designed for the non-specialist who is interested in improving their knowledge and understanding of how to teach two major world religions. Delegates can choose to attend all day or alternatively attend either the morning (Islam) or afternoon session (Hinduism). The two sessions will involve an introduction to good practice in each world religion and consider how to teach them effectively in the primary school.
There will be two invited guest speakers, Imran Kotwal (a popular Muslim teacher who runs workshops in schools) and Prajyoti from Pushpanjali Dance. A basic knowledge of these two world religions will be covered and there will be practical activities to show how RE can be taught creatively.
Time will be given to look at curriculum planning and delegates will consider how to adapt ideas to the Diocesan and Locally Agreed Syllabus they may follow. There will be opportunities to raise questions and discuss ideas.
Full Day: £150 per person for Family of Schools members. £200 per person for non-members.
Half Day: £75 per person for Family of Schools members. £100 per person for non-members.
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Assessment and the diocesan syllabus                                                   
Friday 8th June: 9.30am -12.30pm - Church House, Daresbury
This half day session is for any primary school teacher interested in improving their RE curriculum practice. The session will involve an introduction to good practice in ‘RE and Assessment’ based on a popular aspect of the RE syllabus.
The activities will be based on the diocesan guidance for assessment written in summer 2017 but added to over the course of this academic year. Teachers will discuss how to put guidance into practice and develop their own ideas and there will be opportunity to share good practice and raise areas of concern.
£50 for Family of Schools members. £75 for non-members.
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Early Years Group                                                                                             
Thursday 23rd November: 10am -12noon - Church House, Daresbury
The Diocesan EYFS group generally meets termly, often in one of our church schools. It is an opportunity to discuss current early year’s issues and draw on good practice from 10 different Local Authorities, which are part of the Diocese of Chester.  Newly qualified teachers and teachers new to early years are very welcome, as well as our more experienced practitioners.
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