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Training & Events

Our programme of training events is designed to support schools in realising their distinctively Christian vision firstly through the provision of excellent religious education.  

You can view the full programme for the 2022/23 academic year by clicking HERE. 

Booking Conditions

Where the course is divided into several sessions, the prices is for ALL sessions.  Unless indicated, the same participant is expected to attend all of the sessions.

The DBE require 10 working days’ notice of a cancellation.  Refunds may be possible in exceptional circumstances.  Before cancelling, always consider whether another person could benefit from attending the event in your place.

Invoices are usually issued 1 week before the course/1st session is scheduled to take place.  Invoices should be paid within 30 days of the date of issue.

The DBE reserve the right to cancel any event should there be insufficient bookings to make the event viable.  Where this is the case, participants will be notified and a refund will be issued for any fees paid.

Programme of Events 2022-23

Over time, our training and development offer will extend to support collective worship, SIAMS and leadership in a church school. 

Understanding Christianity

Led By Fiona Moss from RE Today

The publication “Understanding Christianity is an excellent resource to support good quality teaching and can be used within the requirements of your syllabus guidelines. The Statement of Entitlement for RE for church schools asks you teach about Christianity using theological concepts which is what this resource does. Derby Diocese strongly recommends the use of this resource.  

This course is suitable for those who are new to the Understanding Christianity resource and for those who are looking to refresh their training.

Incarnation Thursday 13/10/22, 13:00 – 16:00

Kingdom of God Thursday 16/03/23, 09:00 – 12:00

Creation & Fall Wednesday 24/05/23, 13:00 – 16:00

Fee (all sessions): Schools in PA £40 / Non PA Schools £85

Monitoring Collective Worship Live Webinar

You will explore diverse ways to evaluation and monitor collective worship and the roles of school leaders, pupils and governors. Both webinars will run from 5.30-7pm.

Attendees should select one date

  • Wednesday 23/11/22   or
  • Tuesday 20/06/23

Fee: Schools in PA £25 / Non PA Schools £40

Head Teacher Briefings

Informal get-togethers with the Director of Education and/or the Deputy Director of Education and Headteachers.  These sessions are held virtually every month and offer the opportunity to chat about topical issues and share best practice.  Details of how to join will be sent to all headteachers.

Free of charge

Initial Teacher Training

Led By Fiona Moss from RE Today

These 3 virtual sessions will support trainees with RE subject knowledge. 

RE- What? Why? How?  Tuesday 08/11/22 ,16:00 – 17:30

Subject Knowledge: Teaching About Religious and Non-Religious World Views Wednesday 01/03/23, 16:00 – 17:30

RE & other curriculum aspects: Collective worship, British values, Cultural capital and SMSC Tuesday 09/05/23, 16:00 – 17:30

Fee (all sessions): Schools in PA £30 / Non PA Schools £90

Early Career Teachers

This programme is essential for all new teachers, whether starting a teaching career in a CofE school or community school. The recent OFSTED RE research report and the ECT framework are clear on the essential nature of subject knowledge CPD. RE is often a subject that teachers feel less confident teaching and this programme of CPD will improve both RE subject knowledge and confidence.

There is also the opportunity to complete gap tasks for a short self-study course through Teach RE. Timings have been carefully considered to try and allow staff to travel home for the virtual sessions. If possible, we politely request that staff are allowed to leave slightly earlier on this day so that they can access the training at home.

If you have attended these sessions previously, it will still be relevant to access the sessions below this academic year.

The Intent of The RE Curriculum                              Thursday 12/01/23  16:00 – 18:30

Subject knowledge in RE/Religion and worldviews Wednesday 19/04/23  16:00 – 18:30

Fee (per year): Schools in PA £40 / Non PA Schools £120

Governor Two-Part Training Programme

These sessions will be led by the Deputy Director for Education and Fiona Moss from RE Today along with a serving SIAMS inspector

Thursday 24/11/22 & Tuesday 25/04/23

Sessions are held online 18:00 – 20:00

This programme is essential for all new governors and for those who have not accessed DBE training for a while and would benefit from refreshing their knowledge of what it means to be a governor of a church school. This course will give you the firm foundations you need to carry out your role effectively as well as networking and discussion time with other governors in the diocese.

Through the programme you will explore:

  • What a church school is (and is not)
  • The importance of ethos and vision
  • RE in a church school
  • Collective Worship

This is for ANY governor of a church school not just foundation governors.

Fee: Schools in PA £125 / Non PA Schools £250 (fee is per school not per attendee, and is for both sessions)

Primary RE Development Training

Led by Fiona Moss from RE Today

These sessions are aimed to support RE subject leaders in their roles; learning can then be cascaded to staff back in school.  Meetings are held once a term to discuss key issues and share best practice.  This programme is useful for subject leads and also any member of staff who will be teaching or helping to deliver RE.

Friday 09/12/22 AM Hartington or PM Derby

Tuesday 07/03/23 AM Hartington or PM Derby

Thursday 08/06/23 AM Hartington or PM Derby

Fee (all sessions): Schools in PA £40 / Non PA Schools £85

Help! I’m the new RE Subject Leader

Led by Fiona Moss from RE Today

This course is ideal for new subject leaders.  It will take place during three online sessions: one session in each term. This gives great support to a new subject leader in a community or a church school during their early days of leading the subject.   

Tuesday 29/11/22 14:00 – 17:00 Venue TBC 

Thursday 23/03/23 16:00 – 17:30 Virtual

Tuesday 04/07/23 16:00 – 17:30 Virtual

Fee (all sessions): Schools in PA £95 / Non PA Schools £135

SIAMS Networking Group (Online)

During these networking sessions Headteachers, RE Leads and Collective Worship Leads will be invited to share their school’s vision and associated values and support others in the group in their development and review of the effectiveness of their school’s Christian vision.

Attendees should select one group

Group A: Wednesday 30/11/22 & Wednesday 15/02/23

Group B, Thursday 30/03/23 & Thursday 29/06/23

Fee: Schools in PA £25 / Non PA Schools £40

Recorded Webinars

We also have several recorded webinars available this year.

  • Exploring Children’s Spirituality
  • Planning & Leading Collective Worship
  • What Does it Mean to Work in a Church School?
  • SIAMS Briefing 

The 4 webinars are free to schools who subscribe to our Partnership Agreement and £25 each for other schools. 

Each webinar has an optional follow-on session to support your learning.  Please contact us at for more information.

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