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Education Services

What does the Diocesan education team do?

School Effectiveness

  • attendance at Ofsted feedback sessions where possible
  • training and support prior to SIAMS inspections, including reviewing SEFs
  • 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
  • wellbeing support including an annual wellbeing events for church school Headteachers, senior staff, governors and administrators

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


  • advice on admissions policies and admission appeals
  • training for Appeal Presenting Officers (bi-annually)


  • information and advice for those schools which are considering academisation
  • Academies workshops

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)


  • 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


  • newsletters twice a term
  • RE and Collective Worship newsletters