Welcome to our information and resource pages for schools:
RE and Collective Worship ideas, training opportunities and reference materials.

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How can churches and schools work together?
Our new site has ideas, resources and contacts to help.

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Communion bread and wine

Exploring the admission of children to Communion?
We offer Diocesan guidelines and can discuss the issues with you.

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For school teachers, heads and governors.
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This is a useful starting point for many discussions about how we value different life forms and how we decide which are better than others. It takes the form of a knockout table – and I have never known this activity not to work in a classroom as a platform for a fantastic heated fun discussion!

These materials for KS3/4 students aim to provide local RE – to show how some people of faith in Bristol have lived out their conviction “to welcome the stranger”.

This year's joint Bristol and South Gloucestershire SACRE conference for RE teachers was a great success once again with great feedback on the quality of speakers and their ideas (as well as the food and venue!). Here are the resources to download from each speaker and workshop.

Out of the Box Worship is a brand new pattern for classroom worship in Key Stage 1.

A fantastic new resource, Home Schools Values helps schools communicate their Christian values to their parents or guardians and communities. It encourages engagement with key principles underlying Christian distinctiveness and ensures that stakeholders are on borard with the moral compasses that lie at the heart of Church schools.

A Wet and Windy Harvest for Puddles is a must to support topic work on Harvest celebrations in school or nursery settings. It is designed to capture the interest and imagination of children through the adventures of Puddles – a very mischievous cat.

On 2 September, the new Fishponds Church of England Academy in Bristol became the first Academy sponsored by the Diocese, opening its doors for the first year of its new status.

The Autumn newsletter has the latest news from the Department as well as a focus from Katy Staples on RE and Collective Worship. Read it here.

Bristol and Swindon LAs have revised their guidance for Collective Worship. The new guidance should improve Ofsted outcomes in this field and can be downloaded here.

This presentation was given by Revd Canon David Hoyle at the Diocese Headteachers' Conference on 6 May 2011.

Foundation Governors have a vital role in supporting Church of England schools, preserving and developing their Christian ethos.

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