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ENABLING FLOURISHING: DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

Dear colleagues

As we continue to journey through this season together, we are delighted to share some further resources and insights to support you in your leadership journey through this week’s ‘Called, Connected, Committed’. There’s certainly a lot going on! And in the midst of this, we pause to think about what it means to enable flourishing together in this week’s resources. I was really pleased to sit down with Serdar Ferit and Penny Rabiger from Lyfta to talk about this really important issue and hope that you find the podcast useful and inspiring – I certainly did! We talked about the nature of flourishing and how it relates so strongly to our understanding of diversity and inclusion. Do check out the excellent opportunities and resources from Lyfta – some quite remarkable experiences for your students indeed - https://www.lyfta.com/ - all focused on flourishing, resilience, empathy and an amazing global perspective.

It's a busy season for the Foundation too – with a number of key events and opportunities coming up. Firstly, we’d like to thank all schools and Dioceses who have got involved in our National Younger Leadership Groups over the past few weeks. We have run events for Secondary, Primary and FE students from around the country, and welcomed nearly 200 young leaders to this exciting programme. Next, we have our inaugural Research Conference taking place online Tuesday 17 November – with all details at www.cefel.org.uk/visionintopractice - do click on and register. There are some fantastic papers being given, and range of inspiring keynotes from Professor Bill Lucas, Dr Ann Casson, Dr Lynn Swaner and Professor Paul Miller – it’s not too late to join us for one or more of the sessions.

Finally, some exciting news for small and rural schools. As you know, the Foundation offers the NPQH programme, and for the cohort that is about to start from January 2021, we are delighted to share that we have acquired some specific funding to support the participation in the course for leaders from small/rural schools – any school with 210 pupils or under is eligible for this discount, which takes the price down to just £730+VAT. All the details are at www.cefel.org.uk/cofepqh - so do check that out and get involved in a great opportunity to invest in your school’s leadership development for 2021.

Flourishing is at the heart of our Vision for Education, and it can sometimes feel (especially perhaps when we’re so busy!) that it is an individual endeavour – something we have to succeed in ourselves, and a measure of our personal effectiveness. However, the vision for enabling flourishing is something we can only really pursue effectively together – and so as we enter another week with all its twists and turns, challenges and opportunities, may you centre on enabling flourishing together not simply completing the inevitably ever-lengthening to do list. Even in the challenge, the promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ is there for each of us – we perhaps just need to stop and notice it together.

Andy Wolfe - Deputy Chief Education Officer (Leadership Development)

Enabling Flourishing: Diversity & Inclusion Reflection & Conversation (Audio Version) - click here to listen
This week, our reflection is read by Serdar Ferit and Penny Rabiger from LYFTA.
Penny and Serdar then discuss Enabling Flourishing in conversation with Andy Wolfe.
Find out more about LYFTA
  here and below.
Enabling Flourishing Reflection (Extract)
Effective leaders set up systems, policies, budgets and structures to enable the flourishing of the children in their care. However, there will be few contexts where there are flourishing children without flourishing adults - and especially those in the senior staff team. The pursuit of human flourishing, in adults as in children, is multi-dimensional, including the interwoven domains of the academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural.
This is
life in all its fullness, and a thirst for it is at the heart of our vision for education.


To read the reflection in full visit:
https://www.cefel.org.uk/flourishingdiversity/

Suggested resources to reflect on Enabling Flourishing: Diversity & Inclusion where you are
'The pursuit of human flourishing, in adults as in children, is multi-dimensional, including the interwoven domains of the academic, spiritual, moral, social and cultural.'

In this week's podcast, you'll hear all about the work of LYFTA and what it can offer you in school.
'Lyfta is an award-winning immersive learning platform where teachers can easily build or curate powerful, interactive and curriculum-aligned lessons that bring learning to life.

Through powerful and engaging films, which tell stories from all around the world, it gives children the opportunity to experience life in a huge range of countries. Thus they can develop their sense of being global citizens, and exercise their curiosity, empathy and enquiring minds to wonder about people whose lives are different to theirs.
Which country will you explore first to draw more diverse real-life experiences into your classrooms?

'Leaders recognise the challenges and limitations of short-term... and pursue a broader vision of flourishing for their teams.'
Stacey Abrams, whom you might have heard about last weekend for her efforts to galvanise almost a million extra voters in Georgia for the US Presidential Election, speaks here about the 3 questions she always asks herself.
Her personal and professional journey towards belonging for all shows what can happen with a BIG vision. What is it that you would like to see change?
'We flourish not for our own sake, but so that we can look outwards and give.'
St Augustine of Hippo is known (especially by students of A Level RE!) for his substantial contribution to our modern-day theology.
But did you know, he was born in Algeria (at the time a Roman colony)? In fact, he is sometimes known as the African Bishop - although stained glass window images of him don't generally make that clear!
This quote of his reminds us that we may not personally be able to enable everyone to flourish, but we do have opportunities to do good to those we are connected with - whether physically, or in these strange times, virtually.
Who are you paying 'special attention' to today?
'Leaders in education cherish diversity and inclusion.'
Jake Isaac's song 'Brother' was inspired by this powerful image taken in London this summer:
'Maybe times they are changing
And this is history making
Either way, when I get up
I'll do the same for my brother.'


Who might need your hand right now?

Featuring Guvna B, Bianca Rose and Joshua Luke Smith

A Prayer for School Leaders

They will be like a tree planted by the water
Heavenly Father, Source of all life,
We ask for your life-giving water to refresh our weary souls
We ask that you particularly nourish those who feel hurt,
Broken, alone or despondent
Drenching them in your love and grace
Enabling them to flourish - in and out of season
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

They do not fear when heat comes
Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer,
We ask for your strength in difficult times,
We ask that you particularly embolden us to look outwards,
To those who struggle to belong
Embracing them with the compassion you have shown us
Enabling them to flourish - in and out of season
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

They never fail to bear fruit
Holy Spirit, Inspirer of our souls,
We ask for your breath to sustain us long-term,
We ask that you particularly empower us to bring freedom,
For those who have known oppression
Liberating them to know life in all its fullness
Enabling them to flourish - in and out of season
Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer

Amen

'Leaders hold their doors open to people from all backgrounds and traditions'
London Community Gospel Choir sing:
'All of God's children take your place.'
Do you always feel you belong? What about those around you?
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