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15th September 2022

This week's message from Andrew Teale, Diocesan Director of Education 

Lament with a Grateful Nation
We thought getting an earlier bulletin to you this week might just be helpful given the funeral on Monday.
I’m not sure there is much that I can add to what I said last week that will be helpful to you, except that I am increasingly aware of just how sad I feel about the loss of Her Majesty. I know I am not alone in that. I keep hearing it from different people. We are more upset than we thought we would be.
Lament is such an important part of the grieving process and we are certainly grieving as a nation. The images on television seem like history passing before our eyes. I get distracted by work demands for a time, but then there is a moment when I ‘tune in’ once again and reconnect with the sadness of the nation. It feels very similar to the loss of a loved one. Surprisingly so.
These days are also an opportunity to come together as a nation, in kindness and love. Archbishop Justin said as much while speaking to the people in the queue to pay respects in Westminster Hall.
I feel love too for our own Church of England, whose traditions, buildings and wonderful priests are helping the nation through this. I am thankful that our broad church can still serve the people and our whole society so powerfully while also serving Christ our Saviour.
May Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace and rise in glory.
A prayer on the death of Her Majesty The Queen
Gracious God, we give thanks
for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth,
for her faith and her dedication to duty.
Bless our nation as we mourn her death
and may her example continue to inspire us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Schools will be closed on Monday and we need to use that time, in our own way to reflect on the loss of someone who has served in the public eye for her entire lifetime, especially in the last 7 decades. I intend to watch the ceremony and I hope this will be helpful in enabling us all to absorb and process what has happened.
The Lord bless you and keep you in the days ahead as we navigate though the next week in school.
God save the King
Canon Andrew Teale
Diocesan Director of Education

Resources to support schools during the national period of mourning for HM The Queen  

The Church of England resources for collective worship have been updated to include the PowerPoint links and notes for responding to  HM The Queen’s funeral. Please find them here: Resources and liturgy on the death of HM The Queen | The Church of England
There are also additional reflection activities suitable for both primary and secondary schools, from Prayer Spaces in Schools. You will need to register to view the full resources.


Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, all SIAMS inspections are suspended until further notice.

Important SIAMS 2023 A National Update

Thursday 3 November from 10am to 11.30am or 6pm to 7.30pm –  All staff, governors, and clergy of Church of England and Methodist schools are invited to attend this national online session which will be led by the National Director of SIAMS. Dr Margaret James will set out the ways in which SIAMS will develop from September 2023, explaining what the developments will mean for schools. Registration is essential please see the flier for the links and further details

Diocesan Education Partnership Agreement 2022-23
and Training Schedule  

Last week we emailed this year's Partnership Agreement and Training Schedule to all Headteachers and Chairs of Governors.  The Partnership Agreement can be found on our Services to Schools webpage and all training can be booked online directly from our Education Training and Events page.  Please do get in touch with the Education Team if you wish to discuss the training and support on offer.

Forthcoming Diocesan Online Training
& Development Highlights 

New Headteacher or Senior Leader in a Church School/Academy (4 sessions): 23rd, 30th September, 14th October & 4th November 2022 1.30 - 3.00pm each session

New to Teaching in a Church School/Academy (2 sessions): 6th October and 3rd November 2022 3.30 - 5.00pm each session.

Please see our Education and Training Events page for a full list of our training courses dates currently on offer.
LOVE YOUR ENEMIES: Collective Worship
For the next few weeks we are exploring the ‘Teachings of Jesus’ as our theme for some of our collective worship sessions. This week we explored the teaching from Luke chapter 6 verses 27-36, where Jesus talks about loving our enemies. This is a difficult topic as often we want to get our own back on people that do wrong to us, but Jesus showed how to live a mercy-filled life.  Further activities to help pupils and families reflect on this theme can be found in the  reflection sheet which accompanies this video.
The video link and further reflections sheet will be sent directly to schools who have signed up to this year’s Partnership Agreement.  If you would like your school community to benefit from our weekly Collective Worship Videos, please contact the Education Team at  or call on 07539 372748 and we can talk through the Partnership Agreement options available to you.
National Day of Prayer for Schools - 22nd September 2022
We are hosting an online prayer gathering as part of the national day of prayer for schools on Thursday 22nd September at 8:00-8:30am, for those wishing to join this meeting for churches praying for their local schools,  please register here.
Forthcoming Prayers in Hereford Diocese for our School Communities:
Saturday 17th September: Local churches will be praying for all who work with children, young people and families, and all that helps connect our churches with the schools, nurseries, play groups etc that serve our communities. 
Monday 19th September: we will be praying for Eardisley CE Primary School.

Thursday 22nd September: we will be praying for Pembridge CE Primary School 

For further information and updates from the wider Diocese please see the regular bulletins issued by the central communications team.

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