Diocesan Director of Education


The Bishop of Derby and Bishop of Repton announced that Canon Carolyn Lewis will continue to serve in her role as Diocesan Director of Education from September 2023.  They write “Carolyn brings to the role a passion for the Church of England’s vision for education, and a deep commitment to the vision and priorities of the Diocese of Derby”.  Read the full announcement HERE.

St Philip’s Centre

Based in North Leicester

offer programmes including workshops, faith assemblies and full-day roadshows as well as a suite of e-programmes which can be delivered remotely.  For more details, see HERE.

Thy Kingdom Come 2022

Platinum Jubilee:

To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee and as part of Thy Kingdom Come 2022, the Church of England Education office has 500,000 free storybooks for primary school children. This small colourful book has a royal theme and is based on the Fruit of the Spirit – faithfulness. Faithfulness is like loyalty, trustworthiness and commitment rolled into one, and the Queen has set an excellent example of this. Schools can order here for free (including free P&P) https://cheekypandas.com/free-book/

They are also providing assembly plans, activity packs, and take-home sheets for those that want them. The book is linked to one of the 5 animated TV episodes that we are providing to resource children and families this Thy Kingdom Come. These programmes have been produced by BBC animators to help children and families grow in their faith and learn about the bible in a format that will engage them most at a critical age for faith formation. The TV series and accompanying resources will be released on www.thykingdomcome.global/cheekypandas in time for Easter.

Growing Faith Roles


The Church of England has 2 vacancies in the Growing Faith team.  Please click on the links below for more details.

Growing Faith Programmes Lead – Pathways | Pathways (churchofengland.org)

Growing Faith Networks Lead – Pathways | Pathways (churchofengland.org)

Easter Workshop

1 day enrichment workshop:

Follow the link for information on the workshop Easter in a Day!

Way Maker – Free Lent Resources

Available from ABYYT:

With 6 weeks of content, Way Maker takes pupils on a journey through Lent, reflecting on Jesus’ ministry and his example of being a ‘Way Maker’ and serving others. The 6 sessions help pupils to explore what it means to be: servant hearted, compassionate, accepting, bold, forgiving and a light in the darkness. Way Maker helps pupils consider what these examples mean for their own lives and the practical actions they can take to become way makers in their community.

This resource can be used in the classroom or in collective worship. Challenges can be done individually or as a group or class.  Each week includes introductions, Bible links, a video, questions & challenges, a prayer.

Resources can be accessed on the ABYYT website HERE.

Free Walk Through the Bible

Free programme to support the delivery of Understanding Christianity:

The programme, run by “Walk through the Bible” covers the key stories of both Old and New Testaments and is aimed at Upper KS2 children.   Click the HERE for more information and to book onto the programme.

Walk Through the Bible programmes have been officially accredited by Understanding Christianity for Upper KS2.

Free Easter Resources

Helping children understand Easter with PopUK:

Follow the link to access free resources for the Easter story –  Palm Sunday, Good Friday & Easter Sunday