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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 2023/24 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 2023-24

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.

Gospel Thursday 30/11/23, 13:00 – 16:00

God Tuesday 23/04/24, 13:00 – 16:00

Fee per session:

Schools in PA £40 / Non PA Schools £85

Other World Views Subject Knowledge Training

with Fiona Moss from RE Today. This programme is useful for teachers, subject leads, support staff and any member of staff who will be teaching or helping to deliver RE. 

Non-Religious World Views  

Friday 29/09/23, 12:30 – 15:30 



Wednesday 28/02/24, 13:00 – 16:00 



Wednesday 05/06/24,13:00 –-16:00 


Fee per session: Schools in PA £40 / Non PA 

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.

Fee: Free of charge

Understanding Christianity Refresher

This is an in-person event for any schools already using the Understanding Christianity resource. This is a useful session for any teachers who need a refresher or an introduction to using the resource.

Tuesday 21/05/24, 09:30 – 15:00 

Venue TBC  

Fee: Schools in PA £80 / Non PA £120 

Early Career Teachers

This programme is essential for all new teachers, whether starting a teaching career in a church 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 to allow them to 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.  

ECTs are also encouraged to access the webinars available.

Why RE? Knowledge rich, creative, thoughtful and rigorous RE  

Wednesday 10/01/24, 13:00 – 15:00  


 Subject knowledge – teaching Islam and Christianity  

Wednesday 17/04/24, 16:00 – 18:00 



Fee for both sessions: Schools in PA £60 / Non PA £120 (per school) 

Governor Two-Part Training Programme

Sessions are held online 18:00 – 20:00  

Part 1 will be repeated on 3 dates – please attend only one session.  

Monday 27/11/23 

Wednesday 28/02/24

Wednesday 26/06/24

Part 2 Thursday 16/05/24 

This programme is essential for any 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.  

These sessions will be led by the Deputy Director for Education and Fiona Moss from RE Today 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 
  • SIAMS 
  • Collective Worship  


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

Fee for both sessions: Schools in PA £125 / Non PA £250 (per school) 

Schools in PA £25 / Non PA £40 (individual governor) 

Primary RE Development Training

This programme is useful for RE Subject Leads, teachers, support staff and any member of staff who will be teaching or helping to deliver RE. These are delivered in person by Fiona Moss RE Today. 

3 dates / venues are offered for each session (the content is repeated so you only need attend 1)  

Session 1 – Autumn Term 

Wednesday 22/11/23, 13:00 – 16:00, Chapel en le Frith CE Primary School 

Thursday 23/11/23, 09:00 – 12:00 Hartington Village Hall 

Thursday 23/11/23, 13:30 – 16:30 Derby Church House 


Session 2 – Spring Term 

Wednesday 20/03/24, 13:00 – 16:00 Chapel-en le Frith Primary School 

Thursday 21/03/24, 09:00 – 12:00 Hartington Village Hall 

Thursday 21/03/24, 13:30 – 16:30 Derby Church House 


Session 3 – Summer Term 

Monday 01/07/24, 13:00 – 16:00 Chapel en le Frith Primary School 

Tuesday 02/07/24, 09:00 – 12:00 Hartington Village Hall 

Tuesday 02/07/24, 13:30 – 16:00pm Derby Church House 


Fee per session: Schools in PA £40 / Non PA £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.   

This course needs attendance at all three sessions.  

Tuesday 28/11/23, 13:00 – 16:30  

Venue TBC – location central to all attendees will be booked

 Tuesday 12/03/24, 16:00 – 17:30  


 Wednesday 03/07/24, 16:00 – 17:30 


 Fee for all 3 sessions: Schools in PA £95 / Non PA £135  

SIAMS Framework for 2023 Training

This training is useful to any member of staff or governor in your school. It is a 2-hour session and explains the whole of the new framework and what to expect in terms of the practicalities of a SIAMS inspection. It will look at the SEF and monitoring and evaluation, as well as giving you an opportunity to think about what your action points may be for each of the inspection questions.  

This training is useful for anyone who wants to be able to get to know the new framework better or for anyone who is new to the SIAMS process.  

Please note that all the sessions below are the same, different times have been offered to make it as accessible to as many people as possible. 

Thursday 26/10/23, 15:30 – 17:30  

Monday 12/02/24, 13:00 – 15:00  

Tuesday 07/05/24, 16.30 -18:30  

Fee: Schools in PA £25 / Non PA £40  (per person)

Recorded Webinars

We also a lot of recorded webinars available this year.

  • SIAMS Framework 
  • What does it mean to work in a CofE school  
  • Exploring Children’s Spirituality 
  • Planning and Leading Collective Worship 
  • Appeals and Admissions 
  • Help! A new SIAMS Framework  
  • Buildings 
  • Governance  
  • Clerking in a CofE school 

All of these webinars are FREE to schools who subscribe to our Partnership Agreement.

If you have not subscribed to the Partnership Agreement, you can purchase webinars at a cost of £25 each.   Please contact us at

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