Board of Education

Vision Statement

The Vision of the Diocesan Board of Education for the schools in its care is that:

Affirming Diocesan priorities for working with children and young people and the General Synod’s resolution that Church schools ‘stand at the centre of the Church’s mission to the nation’, the Diocese of Liverpool seeks to ensure that, through its Church schools and academies it offers children and young people a high-quality education including the experience of belonging to a Christian community and a knowledge of God.

Strategic aims 2014 – 2019

This vision is reflected in the following Strategic Aims of the Board:

  1. To ensure the provision, in partnership with Local Authorities (LAs), other denominations and education partners, of effective and viable Church of England schools and academies in the Diocese
  2. To ensure that the Diocesan Board of Education and its Education Department respond appropriately to the Government’s agenda for education, that the needs of Church schools in this new context are identified and that they are supported as far as possible
  3. To ensure that all Church of England (CE) schools and academies, Foundation and Trust schools in the Diocese maintain and develop a strong Anglican ethos through the effective teaching of Religious Education, imaginative worship and curriculum based on Christian Values
  4. To ensure, in partnership with LAs and other education partners, that the overall performance of Church of England schools and academies in the Diocese is monitored effectively, helping to ensure that pupils in all our schools receive the high quality of education to which they are entitled and that appropriate action is taken whenever this is in question
  5. To ensure an effective relationship between individual churches and schools in their parishes
  6. To support the wider ministry of the Diocese with all schools
  7. To work with the other North West dioceses and the Diocese of York to develop DBE Services to support the work of each Diocesan Board of Education (DBE)
  8. To support the mission of the Church of England chaplain in Higher and Further Education (HE/FE) institutions in the Diocese.

Key Tasks 2014 - 2019

In order to achieve these Strategic Aims, the Board has agreed to the following Key Tasks:

Strategic Aims   Key Tasks
1 1.1 To develop and maintain in the light of current legislation and educational developments, an effective working relationship with schools and academies.
  1.2 To ensure that schools buildings are well maintained, designed and capable of meeting the demands of the curriculum in the 21st Century, in a changed funding context under the Coalition Government.
  1.3 To maintain and develop, on a commercial basis, Diocesan services to Church schools.
  1.4 To support and encourage the establishment of new C.E. schools and academies, where appropriate with other dioceses and denominations and to work with LAs and governing bodies to ensure sufficient provision to meet Basic Need demands.
  1.5 To develop and maintain effective working relationships with Local Authorities.
2 2.1 To ensure that the Board responds appropriately to proposals for Church Schools to become academies, or for other schools to become ‘free schools’ with Diocesan support.
  2.2 To work with DBE Services to ensure that Church schools receive, as far as possible, support in areas no longer  provided by Local Authorities.
  2.3 To implement the recommendations of the Diocesan Education Review.
3 3.1 To ensure implementation of the Diocesan R.E. Primary Syllabus – improving the quality of R.E. in schools.
  3.2 To support implementation, in conjunction with other North West dioceses, of the Secondary RE Framework.
  3.3 To support and encourage the work of schools to develop a curriculum based on Christian Values.
  3.4 To monitor, analyse and support C.E. schools and academies through Section 48 (SIAMS) Inspections.
4 4.1 To monitor the overall performance of CE schools and academies in the Diocese, using Ofsted and SIAMS reports, other published performance data and ‘local intelligence’ and to report this to the Board on an annual basis.
  4.2 To establish a system to follow-up actual and potential issues  of under-performance by schools and academies in a way that is supportive of them and engages appropriately with LA and other partners.
5 5.1 To support the work of clergy in Church and Community schools.
  5.2 To support, and where necessary strengthen, the relationship between each Church school and its parish church community.
6 6.1 To develop links with non-church schools in the Diocese.
  6.2 To maintain and develop links with the Education Department in Liverpool Cathedral.
7 7.1 To engage the ongoing support of DBE Services as a robust organisation serving our schools.
  7.2 To work with partner dioceses to ensure that the further development of the company is undertaken to reflect the changing national education scene.
  7.3 To continue to support, actively promote and expand DBE Services’ Total Property Management scheme whilst having particular regard to the changing needs of schools and the present economic climate.
8 8.1 To support the ongoing mission of the existing chaplains in HE and FE institutions.
  8.2 To identify, and advocate within the Diocese, potential areas for development in chaplaincy work in HE and FE  institutions.


Implementation of Strategy 2014 - 2019

The detailed implementation plan for this strategy in the coming year will be contained in the Board of Education Management Plan 2014 -2015 which is monitored by the Diocesan Board of Education at its regular termly meetings.


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