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by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2019 01:16 PM
"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!"- Anne Frank
300,000 children to get Prayer Map

300,000 children to get Prayer Map

by Michael Ford 27 February 2019

Hundreds of thousands of school children will receive a free ‘prayer map’ as part of a new national commitment to children and young people’s ministry within the Church of England, which will focus on building confidence for families to pray at home.

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Heads in 'First of a Kind' Commissioning

Heads in 'First of a Kind' Commissioning

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

School Leaders new to role in the last 18 months were commissioned into the Diocese in a ‘first of its kind’ service at the Diocesan Education Centre.

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School Church

School Church

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

‘Should it be Church School or School Church?’ was the question asked at a Workshop at Diocesan Synod on Saturday [16 February 2019].

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Bulgarian Shoe Box Appeal celebrates a big anniversary

Bulgarian Shoe Box Appeal celebrates a big anniversary

by Michael Ford 18 February 2019

To mark ten years since the Trussell Trust founded the Foundation for Social Change and Inclusion (FCSI) in Bulgaria and started their Shoe Box appeal, they are holding a charity concert at St Paul’s Salisbury.

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Talking Positively About Mental Health

Talking Positively About Mental Health

by Michael Ford 12 February 2019

Manor Park CE First School, Dorchester, held its first Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week from Monday 4 to Friday 8 February.

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MATs are our future

MATs are our future

by Michael Ford 5 February 2019

Our Diocesan Director of Education has welcomed the Education Secretary’s suggestion that faith leaders should convert more of their schools into academies.

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Open the Book is 20!

Open the Book is 20!

by Michael Ford 29 January 2019

This year sees the 20th anniversary of the national Bible story telling programme ‘Open the Book’. To help celebrate this, our schools have been telling why they love this way of telling Bible stories.

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Small but Mighty

Small but Mighty

by Michael Ford 23 January 2019

Five Lanes Primary School girls’ football team beat all comers to win the County title.

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Faith and Fitness

Faith and Fitness

by Michael Ford 22 January 2019

The work of a pioneering Sports Ministry Coach, who has been inspiring pupils in the Diocese is being featured on BBC Songs of Praise.

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Celebrating the Difference

Celebrating the Difference

by Michael Ford 16 January 2019

Year 5 pupils at St Martin’s Primary School, Salisbury learnt first-hand what it was like to be part of the young traveller community when they spent the day with the Diocese’s Chaplain to Gypsies and Travellers.

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Grow Your Fiver Into A House!

Grow Your Fiver Into A House!

by Michael Ford 14 January 2019

Money might not grow on trees, but a school project called “Grow Your Fiver” is hoping to help raise the funds needed to build a new Community Club House at Chilton Foliat Primary School.

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A Showstopping Charity Event

A Showstopping Charity Event

by Michael Ford 10 December 2018

Staff and pupils at Shaftesbury School have created their very own Advent Bake off Competition as part of learning more about community charity work.

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Seventeen Schools' Wishes Are Granted

Seventeen Schools' Wishes Are Granted

by Michael Ford 4 December 2018

Pupils at seventeen schools in the Diocese of Salisbury have received £3000 worth of new Christian books.

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Exploring War, Faith and Reconciliation

Exploring War, Faith and Reconciliation

by Michael Ford 19 November 2018

Sixth-formers from across the Diocese explored war, faith and reconciliation during a recent Education Day at Salisbury Cathedral.

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Christmas and School attendance at local churches rises in the Diocese of Salisbury

Christmas and School attendance at local churches rises in the Diocese of Salisbury

by Michael Ford 14 November 2018

More people than ever before are coming to Christmas church services, while record numbers of school children are using their local church here in the Diocese of Salisbury.

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St Peter’s Officially Opens

St Peter’s Officially Opens

by Michael Ford 28 November 2018

St Peter's CE Primary Academy, Salisbury, was officially dedicated by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, on Thursday 18 October.

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#HelloYellow at St Martin’s

#HelloYellow at St Martin’s

by Michael Ford 7 November 2018

Students at Salisbury St Martin’s Primary School prepared for World Mental Health Day by taking part in the national #HelloYellow campaign and making a short film.

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Learning About Others Teaches Us About Ourselves

Learning About Others Teaches Us About Ourselves

by Michael Ford 24 September 2018

Visits to places of worship of other faiths provide us with a mirror as well as better understanding of others.

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A New Era in Education

A New Era in Education

by Michael Ford 28 November 2018

The first new school in the Diocese of Salisbury in 14 years has opened its doors.

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Dorset Spiritual Garden Opens

Dorset Spiritual Garden Opens

by Michael Ford 11 July 2018

A new spiritual garden at Shillingstone CE VA Primary School has been blessed by the Bishop of Sherborne.

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On the Up and Up

On the Up and Up

by Michael Ford 12 June 2018

Great Bedwyn CE Primary School has scored an ‘Outstanding’ result in a recent inspection.

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Golden Values, Great Results

Golden Values, Great Results

by Michael Ford 16 May 2018

Whiteparish All Saints CE VA Primary School maintains its ‘Outstanding’ status in a recent inspection.

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Top Marks in Talbot Village

Top Marks in Talbot Village

by Michael Ford 9 May 2018

St Mark’s CE Primary School, Talbot Village, has been graded Outstanding across the board in a recent inspection.

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Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

Outstanding Living, Learning and Growing

by Michael Ford 25 April 2018

Trinity Church of England Primary Academy in Devizes has improved from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding’ in a recent inspection.

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When the Men Marched Away

When the Men Marched Away

by Michael Ford 11 April 2018

Students at St Osmund’s in Dorchester stage spectacular World War One Drama

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A Deeply Dippy Visit

A Deeply Dippy Visit

by Michael Ford 21 March 2018

Okeford Fitzpaine pupils visited Dorset County Museum to see Dippy the Dinosaur, the major attraction on the Natural History Museum’s ‘Dippy on Tour’.

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Excellence Never Stops

Excellence Never Stops

by Michael Ford 7 March 2018

Morgan’s Vale and Woodfalls Church of England Primary School has retained its Outstanding status in a recent inspection.

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Vision, Impact and Clarity

Vision, Impact and Clarity

by Michael Ford 21 February 2018

Salway Ash CE School is highly commended by a distinguished visitor.

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St Peter's Gets a Head

St Peter's Gets a Head

by Michael Ford 5 February 2018

Oliver Martindale is the Headteacher Designate of a brand new church school near Wilton.

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Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover

by Michael Ford 25 January 2018

Dorset schoolchildren come face-to-face with bikers!

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Winning Student Heads for Westminster

Winning Student Heads for Westminster

by Michael Ford 24 January 2018

Olivia Masding, a Sixth Form student at St Edward’s School, competes for Dorset in ‘The Great Debate’ at the Houses of Parliament in March 2018.

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Ofsted Praises Longford's Leadership

Ofsted Praises Longford's Leadership

by Michael Ford 19 January 2018

Staff, pupils and supporters at Longford Primary School, Britford, have been celebrating a ‘Good’ Ofsted inspection.

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Advent Journeying in Verwood

by Michael Ford 19 January 2018

Here are some lovely seasonal pictures from a church school in Dorset.

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Charities react to funding gap for trainee RE teachers

Charities react to funding gap for trainee RE teachers

by Michael Ford 24 July 2018

Tales of hardship prompt trusts to respond to ‘rank discrimination’.

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Award-Winning Dilton Marsh

Award-Winning Dilton Marsh

by Michael Ford 29 November 2018

Dilton Marsh CE Primary School is celebrating after winning the 2014 Environmental Youth Awards at The Bath and West Show.

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The Magna Carta Project

The Magna Carta Project

by Michael Ford 21 June 2018

Magna Carta has become an iconic document, a symbol of justice and rights for all.

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Trojan Horses and Church School Values

Trojan Horses and Church School Values

by Michael Ford 1 May 2018

Advice from Derek Holloway, Adviser for RE and Collective Worship in Dorset, January 2015

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100% Success at Sarum

100% Success at Sarum

by Michael Ford 21 June 2018

Year 13 at Sarum Academy are yet again celebrating a 100% pass rate for their traditional post-16 A level courses.

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MAT Spotlight: DSAT week 2

MAT Spotlight: DSAT week 2

by Emma Waters 15 January 2021

As part of a new Social Media Campaign we are spotlighting one MAT per month - this month is DSAT

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MAT Spotlight: DSAT week 3

MAT Spotlight: DSAT week 3

by Emma Waters 21 January 2021

As part of a new Social Media Campaign we are spotlighting one MAT per month - this month is DSAT - ART and MUSIC Flourishing in DSAT Schools

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Students bring Christmas Cheer to Care Homes

Students bring Christmas Cheer to Care Homes

by Emma Waters 21 January 2021

Students at St Osmund's School in Dorset brought some Christmas spirit to the residents of local care homes

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Supporting Bereaved Children and Young People from the Bridport Community Hub

by Emma Waters 25 February 2021

As the news about Coronavirus worsens and remains very high profile in the news bereavement, grief and death are issues that many children and young people will be experiencing or concerned about, and Bridport Community Hub has been working to help equip adults to feel confident in answering these questions.

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Acorn Education Trust MAT Spotlight

Acorn Education Trust MAT Spotlight

by Emma Waters 25 February 2021

As part of a new campaign, we are highlighting a MAT a month, and this month is the Acorn Education Trust!

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Poems, Snowdrops and Bluebells

by Emma Waters 5 March 2021

Inspired by Robert Macfarlane's Lost Words, pupils at Longford Primary School have been using poetry to help spread some joy

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Maths at DSAT

by Emma Waters 5 March 2021

The Diocese of Salisbury Academy Trust has been working to encourage a love of maths amongst both teachers and pupils at their schools

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