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Spring Newsletter 2018

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Derby Cathedral School – Update  2018

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Derby Diocesan Academy Trust – Updates 2018

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Spring term musing 2018: Pass Go and Collect £200

January 2018 and the start of another lap around the seasonal calendar. Our time of waiting and hope during 2017 advent has past. We have once again celebrated the promised arrival of Christ circa 2000 years ago.

And yet; as we start the new year we have not merely rotated like the hub of a wheel. The whole vehicle has moved forward and we are in a different place entirely. In the world of education, we often refer to the spiral curriculum, gradual rotation and revisiting with much needed change, growth and development with each loop. However, there can be comfort remaining with the familiar and resistance to change is a norm. Most school leaders will know the killer call from the weary, “we’ve tried this before, it didn’t work.”

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Learning from the past is vital to understand our present part in God’s plan. As we annually relive the life of Jesus in our festivals we remember and learn from our heritage. Advent is the celebration of the arrival and coming of God as man. Jesus did arrive and this changed everything. In the book, “How God became King” Tom Wright asserts that God’s kingdom can be, “on Earth as it is in Heaven” -here and now.

Earth and Heaven may not yet be fully united and for now we await the second advent, which like our spiral curriculum, overlaps the first. As Christians, we still hope and pray for the promised second arrival and coming of Christ when all things will be put right, completely and for ever.

“I always give thanks to my God for you because of the grace he has given you through Christ Jesus. For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, including all speech and all knowledge. The message about Christ has become so firmly established in you that you have not failed to receive a single blessing, as you wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be faultless on the Day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1: 4-8

We are called to remain rooted in Christ, learning from the past and enjoying the many blessings of the present. But the present is not all we have. We work to a glorious future. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:28 

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Key documents from the Church of England

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The Church School of the Future Review. March 2012

A Diocesan Board of Education for the Future. July 2013

Making a Difference? A Review of Religious Education in Church of England Schools September 2014

Working Together. The Future of Rural Church of England Schools. October 2014

Valuing All God's Children Guidance for Church of England Schools on Challenging Homophobic Bullying

Valuing All God’s Children
Guidance for Church of England Schools on Challenging Homophobic Bullying. May 2014

Memorandum of Understanding between CE and DfE regarding Church schools academies April 2016

Memorandum of Understanding between CE and DfE regarding Church schools academies

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