From Frances Bartlett, September 23rd  2020

Dear Colleagues,

I do hope the term has continued to flow smoothly. The week of beautiful sunshine has at least been a blessing and an opportunity to take a little time in the great outdoors for adults and children alike is wonderful.

I write as the latest RE Newsletter, for the autumn term, is published. Our RE Adviser, Anne Andrews produces these newsletters termly and I do hope they continue to be of use to you and your school teams including your church. In this edition there is information with booking links about upcoming RE training for this autumn term. We have moved to make all this training virtual and Anne is becoming very practised at the intricacies of Zoom! There will be further development, training and support for RE as the year progresses. We are waiting, hopefully, for permission to hold more events in person – whenever that may be. The training events for RE are also available on the training page of our website.

One further piece of news in case schools in the Dorchester Archdeaconry are not aware – Bishop Colin retires in October. Many colleagues will know Bishop Colin’s commitment and energy for the schools and young people he serves. He has been a huge presence in this area, working with colleagues in the Local Authority and across the sectors. I am sure he has held an Act of Worship at a school near you some time recently! Bishop Colin will be fondly missed by the ODBE team as he has continued to support our work and to sustain our adviser team. Owing to the current restrictions, there will not be a face to face opportunity for Bishop Colin to say goodbye to education colleagues and headteachers. However, if you would like to send a message or tribute to us here at Church House (ODBE, Church House Oxford, Langford Locks, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GF), we would be very pleased to pass this on. Please do this by the end of September to give time for us to pass things to Bishop Colin.

With all good wishes


Frances Bartlett | Deputy Director| Oxford Diocesan Board of Education