Teachers’ CPD or INSET days

Christ Church CathedralCPD: Full or half day sessions available:

Come on an INSETday to Christ Church Cathedral. 

We organise special CPD opportunities on specific themes for teachers to meet colleagues from different schools, but you can also come, as a whole staff, to see behind the scenes at Christ Church, and develop your planning or refine your RE curriculum or collective worship.

Opportunities for Teachers and Teaching Assistants to:

- discover the hidden meaning of church buildings, their stories, signs and symbols.

- examine how sacred spaces can contribute to children’s learning across the curriculum.


Teacher Feedback about CPD events at Christ Church

At Christ Church, our CPD events for teachers, and other education professionals have proved successful. Thanks to our inspirational and experienced guest speakers, we have enjoyed the opportunity to discuss important educational themes and discover exciting new approaches to pedagogy.

I would just like to reiterate how much I enjoyed the conference yesterday at Christ Church Cathedral. The speakers were wonderful, the College extremely hospitable and the Cathedral magnificent! We learned a great deal…’

‘Lots of ideas to take back to school! Thanks!'

‘Very interesting, very practical, very powerful’

Thank you very much for a very stimulating CPD day and especially for sending the links through, which will be very useful. Thank you for the brilliant way you looked after us all and the very interesting tour of the cathedral.’


Holocaust Education Days

At Christ Church, we mark Holocaust Memorial Day each year with an educational event for adults, including teachers. We invite distinguished speakers to contribute to our awareness of the key issues and consider how we can best help the next generation learn the lessons from the past.

Thank you for last week's session to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. It was inspirational. I have fed back to colleagues at school in both History and RS with ideas and suggestions. It was a very interesting and helpful event, and great to meet others.’ (RS Teacher, Oxford)

‘Time and space to discuss issues like this is invaluable to teachers. There was rich discussion, having a range of participants at the session and some good take-aways from the event, such as reading list and further information.’ (History Teacher, Oxford)


Art workshopAdult Courses, e.g. Iconography at Christ Church

We have organized one-day study events, where we have learned about Icons, but we have also run a very successful full-week Iconography course, led by professional iconographer, Dr Irina Bradley of the Prince’s Trust, where participants have ‘written’ their own icon.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed the icon study day. It was great to learn more about icons from such experts.’

‘Thank you for an excellent overall experience that will stay in the mind.’

‘ A fantastic, valuable and interesting event.  I feel I have learned so much in a very short period.  Irina was so brilliant and generous in sharing her knowledge and time that was a humbling experience.’ 

There will be another five-day Iconography course with Dr Irina Bradley in May 2020. Dates to be confirmed. 

To enquire about a CPD session or Iconography courses, please contact the Education department by email via education@chch.ox.ac.uk, or call the Cathedral Education Officer 01865 286003