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Education Services

What does the Diocesan education team do?

School Effectiveness

  • attendance at Ofsted feedback sessions where possible
  • classroom observations and work scrutiny, learning walks
  • advice on school improvement strategies
  • brokering school to school support
  • action planning
  • pupil perception interviews
  • training on enhancing the role of TAs
  • special projects such as the art project in the autumn term 2018

Wellbeing/ Resilience

  • wellbeing support including an annual resilience (wellbeing) day for church school Headteachers on 5 July 2019
  • resilience events for senior staff, governors and administrative staff (new this year)

Leadership and management

  • attending and advising on headship shortlisting meetings and interviews
  • leading pre- and post-NPQH days for aspiring Headteachers
  • handling the appointment and resignation of foundation governors
  • governor training
  • supporting partnerships between schools
  • general management advice to Headteachers on school improvement, staffing and wellbeing
  • Leading a church school training (new this year)
  • support in working effectively with parents (new this year)
  • annual church school leaders’ conference (on 6 November 2019 this year)

Small schools

  • a Small Schools Forum for Headteachers and governors, next meeting at 4pm on 1 July at Coddenham (new this year)

Admissions

  • advice on admissions policies 
  • attendance at admission appeals and advice on writing the statement required

Academisation

  • information and advice for those schools which are considering academisation

RE and Collective Worship (CW)

  • supporting a network of RE subject leaders
  • termly ‘basics’ courses on RE and collective worship for heads, SLTs and governors
  • training and resources on RE, collective worship and distinctive Christian values
  • induction of NQTs in RE and CW
  • in-depth support for RE and CW elements of SIAMS
  • strategies for strengthening SMSC / British values
  • developing links with local clergy and faith communities
  • support for the implementation of the Emmanuel Project for RE (EYFS to Y6) – see Resources for Sale

Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS)

  • co-ordinating the inspection of church schools
  • training and support prior to SIAMS inspections, including reviewing SEFs

Buildings

  • managing the LCVAP programme which supports building projects in aided schools
  • managing DFC on behalf of aided schools
  • researching school site ownership
  • support at academy conversion, and assistance in dealing with site acquisitions/disposals/transfers/leases

Communications

  • newsletters twice a term
  • RE and Collective Worship newsletters