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Faith in Further Education – launch of new C of E report

On 29 April the Church of England launched their new report on the Church’s engagement with the Further Education sector… and we’re in it!  Vocation, Transformation and Hope recommends local churches take an intentional approach to partnering with their local college through chaplaincy or other forms of shared contribution to the life of the community.  It’s also recommended that Anglican dioceses build a strategy for FE into their strategic planning, and revitalise a network of paid or voluntary FE development officers – a bit like the WM’s own FE Chaplaincy Ambassador.

You can read a summary and download the full report here.

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ROUNDED – New SMSC Resource for 16-19s!

ROUNDED – Ready for Life  is WMCFEC’s new interactive, flexible format resource for exploring key character dispositions with 16-19s.  The resource covers six themes common to many religions and worldviews, from a broad Christian perspective, through a 10 minute ineractive PowerPoint film plus a suite of supporting activities that can be tailored to group size, time and space available.

ROUNDED has been created by Simeon Whiting, commissioned by WM Churches’ FE Council and designed by Mazo Creative Agency, with voice work from the Saltmine Theatre Company.

You can download ROUNDED here (link to Google Drive).

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Chaplaincy, Wellbeing and Faith Webinar

Recently 175 people participated in the webinar Chaplaincy, Wellbeing and Faith, with speakers including Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham, and Carol Wilson, Head of Spiritual Care for Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust.  You can watch the webinar here.  Thanks to Paul Chesterman and David Butterworth of Birmingham Methodist District’s Mission in the Economy team, for sharing this.  Their latest newsletter also includes a piece from WM FE Chaplaincy Ambassador Phil Metcalf.  Sign up for this newsletter by emailing paul.chesterman[at]birminghammethodist.org.uk.

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New Theos Report on Social Cohesion

The think-tank Theos have just published a new report on social cohesion, which will be interesting brain-food for college managers, equality and diversity officers, chaplains and others in the FE sector concerned with the creation of cohesive college environments.  There are some interesting reflections on the ways in which ‘faith’ has been understood within discourse on social cohesion. You can download the report here.  (Recommending you read it does not imply WMCFEC’s official endorsement – simply that it is good food for thought!).

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Faith Tutorials are back!

faithtutorials.co.uk is a bank of free-to-download, ready to use tutorial resources specially designed for FE Colleges, and created by the chaplaincy team at North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College over a number of years.

After a little gap, faith tutorials are coming back online, specifically in response to a growing number of requests from colleges looking for online material to use with students during the COVID-19 crisis.  There are 24 sets of material in all, covering major religious festivals, general moral/ethical topics, and designed for students of all faiths and none.

A new bespoke website will be launched later in the year, but for the moment you can access some of the materials from the St Peter’s Saltley Trust website here (with topics gradually being added, so keep watching the page).

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Integrating SMSC within Teaching and Learning in FE

Integrating SMSC within Teaching and Learning in Further Education is a new resource designed to giving FE teaching staff the confidence to draw out the spiritual, moral, social and cultural implications of their curriculum areas out of the content they cover.

Developed from a project involving three Midlands colleges, the centrepiece of the resource is a grid of discussion starter topics for many of the common curriculum areas colleges cover, along with a number of worked examples and a substantial introduction exploring how and why SMSC should be fully integrated within teaching and learning – not just left as a bolt-on extra for tutorial and enrichment time,

The resource has been written by Dr John Wise (former CEO of fbfe, the National Council for Faiths and Beliefs in Further Education), Dr Ian Jones (of St Peter’s Saltley Trust).  The discussion starter grid has been developed from an original idea by staff at Peterborough Regional College, and used with permission.

The report is available as a free download here.

 

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Our New FE Chaplaincy Films Launched!

We’re delighted to launch 5 short YouTube videos introducing Further Education and Chaplaincy. They’re ideal for showing to churches and groups of faith leaders interested in offering chaplaincy. Films 3 and 4 can also introduce to colleges what chaplains do.

The films have been produced by the talented people at Mazo Creative Agency, and have been made in partnership with 3 local colleges: North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, Halesowen College and Burton and South Derbyshire College. We’re very grateful for all their help!

Watch all 5 films here:

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Check out our latest E-News Bulletin!

The November edition of our e-news is hot off the e-press! Click here to read.

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Plumbing the Depths – New Reflective Resource for Chaplains from WMCFEC

Plumbing the Depths is WMCFEC’s new resource for chaplains and others working in Further Education to aid reflection on their work, calling and ministry.  Based on the biblical story of Jonah, it’s available for a suggested donation of £9.

Plumbing the Depths has been written by former WMCFEC members Sarah Brush and Toni Coulton, with additional material by Chris Polhill and 24 original illustrations by Si Smith.  The resource contains everything you need to run a day gathering for large or small group or a series of reflective sessions for 1 to 1 use, including handouts, images, audio-visual presentation and how-to-use guides.

You can order Plumbing the Depths by emailing us, or from the St Peter’s Saltley Trust website.

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New Prayer Resource for FE/Sixth Form – could you help?

Our friend Lahna Pottle, 16-19s specialist at SchoolsworkUK (part of Youthscape), is looking for student volunteers to help create a new prayer resource.  If you know someone who can help, read on!  Lahna writes:

“Hello everyone! I am currently in the midst of making an exciting new resource for Sixth Form and FE Colleges. The resource is based on nearly a years worth of research into 16-19 year olds engagement with faith, God and religion. One of the key findings from this research is ALL of the young people interviewed; christian/muslim/non-faith, have prayed at some point. So we are starting to create an explorative exhibition resource on prayer, that will allow students to explore more of what prayer is and can be.
For this resource I need a group of 16-19 year old students to get involved and am therefore asking if any of you know of any students who might want to be involved! It would mean writing an honest and authentic prayer/ sending in one they have already written and being willing to be filmed sharing their thoughts on prayer!”