Education & National Society News Bulletin

Education Bulletin Latest Issue - 8 April 2014
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Opportunity to influence new schools data system
The Department for Education is currently designing a data management system to replace RaiseOnline. The Church of England has been offered a small number of places on the reference group overseeing the development process - a fantastic opportunity to ensure that the new system will serve the needs of Church of England schools. Those interested and who would be available to attend a meeting in Sheffield on 24 April 2014 should e-mail The DfE are particularly interested to hear from those involved in running MATs.

Blackburn Catholic School to become a Church of England school BBC reports
Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Lynwood Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, it will no longer come under the control of the council, and will be sponsored by the Cidari Trust, set up by the diocese as reported by BBC

Fairer Schools Funding
The Department for Education has proposed an overhaul of the school funding formula. They guarantee that no schools will face a decrease in their allocation, but that certain groups will receive a large slice of additional funding. The National Society will be making a submission, and would be grateful to hear views from across our network on the impact of the proposed changes. Government consultation:
Please respond to the National Society here

Home to School Transport
The Department are consulting on changes to guidance on school travel and transport. Their proposals keep  the fundamentals of the current position - that the Local Authority holds responsibility for providing transport. However, the proposed new guidelines attempt to accommodate implications of academy freedoms, e.g. to adjust the timings of the school day. We would value any particular contributions around: 
- How the guidelines could be improved; 
- Case studies where arrangements are/aren't working well currently.
Please respond to the National Society here

Bishop of St Albans highlights the challenges for Roma pupils in schools
On 2 April the Bishop of St Albans spoke in a House of Lords debate to mark International Roma Day. Drawing on the experience of schools in his own diocese Bishop Alan explained that "Roma pupils have the lowest attainment rate of any ethnic group at GCSE and the highest rates of formal and legal exclusion."
Paying tribute to the work of teachers across the country, Bishop Alan called for greater co-ordination of the support from government for Roma communities, to ensure that no pupil is left behind.
The full text of Bishop Alan's speech can be found in Hansard here



Faith in Research 2014: The role of the Church in Society
Wednesday 4 June 2014  9:30am - 16:30pm
Novotel, 70 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HT
Chaired by the Bishop of Manchester
This exciting conference will provide you with insights from keynote speakers Dr Chris Baker (Spiritual capital - the role of the church in a post secular city), Dr Tim Ling & Dr Mike Clinton (Leadership and Growth: new insights from the 2013 Experiences of Ministry Survey) and Tom Sefton & Bethany Eckley (Credit where credit's due: the Church of England's credit union initiative).
For more information visit:
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Transformation through Learning  - Adult Education Conference
There is still time to book for this year's adult education conference at the 'early bird' reduced rate if you book before the end of March.  The conference takes place from 15 - 17 July in Swanwick.  
What adult education approaches and skills contribute to enabling change and transformation for individuals and for communities?  This AAEN conference (Anglican Adult Education Network) conference is also a key networking opportunity for all involved in roles involving adult education, lay and parish development, and lay ministry roles in the church.  More details

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