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ISSUE 2 - MARCH 2019 - DEMONSTRATING GENEROSITY

HOW CAN WE DEMONSTRATE GENEROSITY IN TIMES OF FINANCIAL CHALLENGES?

Dear colleagues,

Thank you so much for all your positive feedback about our first issue of ‘Called, Connected, Committed’ where we focused on ‘Rethinking Resilience’. It’s been great to further extend the sense of a national movement of leaders through our conferences, programmes, networks and work across so many Dioceses nationally.
Each month we’re going to focus on a different Leadership Practice, drawn from the Foundation’s Leadership Practices Matrix that we’re using to underpin our Programmes, Networks and Research. This month, we’re thinking about ‘Demonstrating Generosity’ and we offer a range of reflections and leadership development resources in this crucial area as we consider our stewardship and management of financial resources. There are no easy answers to the significant challenges we’re facing as school leaders – however, if ever there was an area of school leadership that needs to be affected and characterised by our Vision, then it is our use of money and stewardship of resources.
Do continue to connect with us through the website at www.cefel.org.uk or by email at cefel@churchofengland.org – or of course through Twitter at @CofE_EduLead – please do share this issue widely and as ever, we welcome your feedback and interaction!

Andy Wolfe
Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development)

Finance and Budgeting – Vision-driven reflections from the CofEPQH

As part of the Foundation’s NPQH programme – CofEPQH – we are working with 150 participants across 5 regions in 2019. We are committed to providing an amazing leadership development experience, which takes the core content of the NPQH programme and then goes deeper and broader as we think about the impact of our Vision, and Christian narrative in key areas. As part of this, we have written a range of resources for our participants, and we share this one here for your use. It unpacks a lot of useful budgeting and stewardship thinking, and sets it firmly within a Christian context and theological thinking. Read more... 

 
Reflection: Demonstrating Generosity – Paul’s Leadership Journey in 2 Corinthians

Last month we opened up our thinking on Paul’s leadership journey in his second letter to the Corinthians – you can find all those resources here.
It’s a letter in which Paul talks a lot about money! Each month we’ll be providing a leadership reflection in this area for you to use in schools with senior leaders, staff meetings or governors – designed as a way into thinking about the implications of the biblical narrative in your own leadership journey. You can download this month’s reflection here.
Why not use Ethos Enhancing Outcome resources to support your review and reflection on finances and resources?

To support leaders to connect the Vision for Education and their day-to-day reality and decision making, the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership published a suite of leadership development resources.  Each resource poses a series of deliberate provocative questions on key issues facing those involved in education today.  The resources support MAT Leaders, governors and school leadership teams in exchanging ideas about how the Vision for Education can be brought to life in the everyday interaction of school life.  

For example, when discussing Demonstrating Generosity...
MAT Leaders might consider the question... If wisdom includes 'discovering how to live before God in family, friendship, community and nation' in what ways does this inform budget setting priorities centrally and within our academies?
Governors might consider the question... In what ways is it possible to communicate 'blessing' through budget decisions?
School Leadership Teams might consider the question... We are living a 'shared life on a finite planet' - to what extent do our purchasing decisions reflect and model a deep concern for sustainability and care for the environment?


There are 3 Ethos Enhancing Outcomes resources now available to order at www.cefel.org.uk/visionresources.  In order for you to see how these resources could be used in your context, we have drawn together the sections on Budgeting and Stewardship which is available as a free download here.
It's not all about money - how else can you build an environment where people want to be?
Many working environments operate on a set of policies: staff conduct guidelines, standard work hours, annual performance targets. But what happens when a working environment looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.
Sometimes it's the little things that affect those around you the most...
We have all changed someone's life - usually without even realising it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives... in this case for the cost of a lollipop!
Demonstrating Generosity isn't just about how we use our finances, it's about the opportunities we create for all within our communities to impact on others
When she was 17, Natalie Warne learned about the Invisible Children Project - a campaign to rescue Ugandan children from Joseph Kony’s child armies. As an intern for Invisible Children, she led a nation-wide campaign for the project.  She successfully got the campaign featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, a victory that dramatically raised the profile of the movement.  Natalie now works as a film editor in Los Angeles. This video clip might spark someone within your community to make a difference. 

March Book Recommendation
Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017

In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive? Archbishop Justin challenges us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.  

News from the Networks
  • Our Peer Support Network (PSN) is now running in 4 main streams – Rural Schools (Dioceses of Lincoln, Truro, York/Leeds, Canterbury) with around 200 schools involved; MAT PSN (around 16 MATs nationally engaged – around 300 schools), NSLN (around 60 schools) and our Regional PSN groups (around 170 schools nationally). Please contact your Diocese or email cefel@churchofengland.org to get involved
  • We’re delighted that our National Secondary Leadership Network had its first gathering in London last week at Lady Margaret School – around 60 schools have joined this nationally, a great start and very encouraging to see such collaborative working. Our next event is in May, looking at Curriculum, and we’ll be joined by both Ofsted and Chartered College for Teaching for that one. 5 regional hubs are meeting in the coming 2-3 weeks to work on the Ethos Enhancing Outcomes resources in particular.
  • We’re thrilled to launch a new Peer Support Network in partnership with Cumbria County Council – which is a 2-year programme for 60 schools across the Lake District. This will involve a significant number of community schools alongside some Church of England schools, and will focus on two areas: Educating for Community & Living Well Together and Headteacher Wellbeing & Resilience. The Vision for Education is for all schools, not just Church of England schools, so we are delighted to see this getting going in Cumbria!
Upcoming Events and Opportunities

National Secondary Leadership Network (NSLN)
We’re delighted to have launched our new National Secondary Leadership Network (NSLN) with around 60 schools already part of this. The next events are:
3 May – Curriculum Design – looking at the key issues of curriculum joined by Daniel Muijs (Head of Research, Ofsted) and Dame Alison Peacock (Chartered College of Teaching)
10 July – Faith Development and Chaplaincy
For more details contact cefel@churchofengland.org
 
CofEPQH
There are over 150 leaders in our current cohort of CoEPQH, accredited by DfE as an NPQH, across 5 regions. The programme is recruiting aspiring and current headteachers for January 2020 start across 7 regional cohorts.  Find out more about the programme on our website and register your interest. Applications for 2020 programme open in May – for more information and to register your interest go to www.cefel.org.uk/cofepqh 

MAT Leadership Network.
Our next MAT Leadership Network event takes place on 21st May at Lambeth Palace, focusing on ‘Sustaining School Improvement’.  MAT CEOs, MAT Senior leadership team members and DDEs please book your place at www.cefel.org.uk/MATLeadershipNetwork
 
That’s all for this month – we’ll be back in April with more. Please share this with colleagues – we welcome your feedback too  - cefel@churchofengland.org
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