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News items from the week’s daily and education press, covering the major education news stories of the week.

Culham St Gabriel’s is looking for a new CEO.

Our news

We are recruiting – Culham St Gabriel’s is looking for a new CEO


1st May 2019 or by arrangement

Culham St Gabriel’s is an endowed charitable Trust supporting broad-based Religious Education in UK schools. We are seeking a dynamic, knowledgeable and efficient CEO to implement our vision for change in RE through the strategic plan, report to Trustees and manage staff and consultants.

Oxford-based, with extensive travel

Salary range £60,000 to £70,000, full time with defined contribution pension scheme

For an information pack please see below. If candidates wish to discuss the role with a trustee, they should contact the Office and Operations Manager on

Information Pack

Please click on the following links:

Intoduction to Culham St Gabriel’s Trust and CEO post

CEO Job description and person specification

Culham St Gabriel’s Trust Strategic Plan

Culham St Gabriels comments on Commission on RE.

The Commission on RE and RE policy issues

The Commission on RE and RE policy issues

Culham St Gabriel’s Trust fully endorses the vision of Religion and Worldviews, and welcomes the direction of travel in the eleven recommendations. We believe that the subject currently called RE urgently needs to be rejuvenated. This should happen in ways that reflect the social, cultural, religious and secular realities of our nation. The subject should be defined by a statutory statement of entitlement. The DfE should make a significant investment in initial and continuing training, modernising the legal structures that support Religion and Worldviews.

As a Trust we are committed to investing in immediate change and improvement for Religion and Worldviews. We will continue to promote high standards of CPD and research, and continue to enable advocacy for better recognition and policy change. We will be pleased to work with partners and grantees who share our vision and work constructively to promote it. We congratulate the Commission on RE for an excellent, visionary report, which recognises the need for urgent action; and we look forward to a better future for Religion and Worldviews.

Chair of the Commission on RE has written to Secretary of State.

The Chair of the Commission on Religious Education, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, has written to the Secretary of State following his response to the Commission’s Final Report.

In his letter, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall expresses disappointment in the Secretary of State’s response but looks forward to an opportunity to discuss the steps that can be taken to ensure high quality RE for all school children, and suggests that the Secretary of State includes the RE Council in such discussion.

The letter from the Very Reverend Dr John Hall is available in full on the Commission Website.

Brexit protests bad lesson for pupils.

Young people are being taught "dreadful lessons" about behaviour by the angry rows over Brexit, says the principal of Gordonstoun - the private school in Moray attended by the Prince of Wales.

Lisa Kerr warns that scenes such as the protests against MP Anna Soubry are undermining efforts in schools to teach tolerance and respect for other views.

"It seems that simply taking part in a topical and important debate now makes you a target for abuse," says Ms Kerr.

She called for a more positive example.

"As well as being deeply depressing for us adults, this is teaching dreadful lessons to our children," said Ms Kerr, principal of the school that taught Prince Charles, his brother the Duke of York and their father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Read more.

Seven week summer holiday for Catholic Academy Trust schools.

Parents were left furious after a school trust announced pupils would be getting a seven week summer holiday instead of six.

The decision will see thousands of children enjoy a longer summer break throughout the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust in Teesside.

While the news will be welcomed by pupils, parents were said to be "up in arms" about the decision, which they say will amount of higher childcare costs.

However, the trust has explained that no extra holidays have actually been added to the school year- rather a week from the usual two week Easter break has been removed and added to the summer holidays.

January Prayer Diary.

Prayer Diary Jan 2019

Tue  1st

Thank God for a new year of opportunities, and for His presence and   leading

Wed  2nd

For those who have faced difficulties during the Christmas holiday

Thu  3rd

For the staff and pupils of your local primary school

Fri  4th

For Clive Ireson Director of ACT and Press Spokesperson

Sat  5th

For the work of ACT in resourcing members

Sun  6th

For ACT’s support of Christian teachers in Malawi

Mon  7th

For School Chaplains and their ministry

Tue  8th

For Christians on governing bodies

Wed  9th

For Education Secretary Damian Hinds

Thu  10th

For the staff and pupils of your local secondary school

Fri  11th

For Dawn Williams, Admin Assistant for ACT

Sat  12th

Give thanks for ACT’s faithful members, and pray for new ones

Sun  13th

For ACT’s representation to the RE Council of England and Wales

Mon  14th

For Christian visitors to schools leading Assemblies

Tue  15th

For those applying for, and allocating, primary school places for   September

Wed  16th

For Christians in school leadership

Thu  17th

For the staff and pupils of your local nursery

Fri  18th

For doors to remain open to the sharing of God’s word in schools

Sat  19th

For the development of ACT’s regional support for members

Sun  20th

That ACT will continue to have opportunities to speak out in the   media

Mon  21st

For Pray for Schools – that every school becomes a prayed for school

Tue  22nd

For Christian staff supporting young people through difficult issues

Wed  23rd

For Angela Rayner MP – Shadow Education Secretary

Thu  24th

For the staff and pupils of your nearest college/university

Fri  25th

For Barbara Bell, Chair of ACT

Sat  26th

For the ACT Board of Trustees meeting today

Sun  27th

For ACT’s representation to government

Mon  28th

For Christian Unions in schools and colleges

Tue  29th

For RE teachers

Wed  30th

For teachers struggling to be true to their Christian faith in their schools

Thu  31st

For those delivering and receiving home education


Northern Ireland online applications for primary places is launched.

The Education Authority (EA) says it received more about 6,000 applications on its new online school admissions process in its "first number of hours".

All parents or guardians of pupils due to start pre-school or primary school in Northern Ireland in 2019 can now apply for a place online.

The new system went live on Tuesday and people can apply via the EA website until 31 January.

EA said a small number of users had experienced some difficulties.

In a tweet the Education Authority apologised for "any inconvenience caused".

Read more.

Tuition fees uncertain for Northern Ireland pupils.

Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year still do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees.

That is because it is still not clear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit.

Non-EU students pay much higher fees than students from the Republic and the rest of the EU.

There are calls for the Irish government to provide clarity on the matter.

Read more.

Mark Prince awarded OBE for tackling gang crime in London.

A campaigning father whose teenage son was stabbed to death outside his school has been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List for his work tackling gang crime in London.

Mark Prince, whose son Kiyan was killed after trying to break up a fight, said the "tears started running" after learning he was being appointed an OBE.

The former champion boxer has worked to create an anti-knife and anti-gang culture in London's schools through the Kiyan Prince Foundation and giving talks to pupils.

Read more.

Will schools lose free milk under Brexit?

The proposals are to become effective in the event of a no deal where EU law would need to be transposed into UK law, to become effective on March 29, 2019.


Defra said it was not a commitment to either continue the scheme in the future or provide the same level of funding as currently available.


But those speaking to Farmers Guardian said they worried funding for milk would be devolved to local authorities which, under financial pressure, could decide to end the scheme.


Read more.

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