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Board of Education Election

Diocesan Synod will elect two persons, one clergy and one lay, to become members of the Diocesan Board of Education for the 3 year term commencing 1st January 2019.

The functions of DBEs are stated in the Diocesan Boards of Education Measure 1991. They are to:

  • promote education in the diocese, being education which is consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England;
  • promote religious education and worship in schools in the diocese;
  • promote Church schools in the diocese; advise governors and trustees on any matters affecting Church schools;
  • promote cooperation between the Board and other groups and agencies concerned with education in the diocese;
  • undertake functions assigned to the Board by the Diocesan Synod

Diocesan Commitment to Education

Transforming Church, Transforming Lives, the diocesan strategic framework identifies the nurturing of all those involved in education. Goal 8 affirms a commitment to education and the opportunities it offers, which is shared between the parishes, the Diocesan Board for Education and the Good Shepherd Trust.

“Together to improve the standards and develop the Christian distinctiveness of our church schools, wholeheartedly embracing our contribution to education across the diocese”

Education lies at the heart of our mission as a diocese – our church schools, of course, as well as our wider links within the education sector from nursery school to university and all points in between.

Membership of the DBE

In line with the framework previously adopted by Synod this is as follows:

  • a bishop or senior member of the clergy acts as Chairman;
  • there are two further Bishop’s nominees;
  • one member is elected from each deanery – clergy or lay;
  • two members are elected from Diocesan Synod--one clergy, one lay;
  • a further 4-8 co-options are available.

Accordingly, two members from Diocesan Synod will now be elected to serve on the DBE

Term of Office and Timing of Meetings

The new DBE will run from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2021

Meetings are currently held three times per year from 5-7pm at Church House, Guildford.

Members will be expected to serve on one of three Board committees: Executive Committee, Buildings and Estates Committee and Christian Distinctiveness Committee.

Guidance for Selection

The DBE need board members with experience and expertise (or part combination of) from the following:

  • Strategic development, financial experience, business acumen skills, politically aware, creative thinkers
  • School improvement; skilled teachers, head teachers, inspectors, governors, clergy with recent school or teaching experience
  • Buildings development, project management, legal, strategic planning
  • Corporate communications, marketing, PR and media management
  • Trusteeship or governance experience in the commercial or charitable sector
  • A thorough up to date understanding of education, widely read and knowledgeable about current issues and government policies
  • Committed Christians with a passion for education, a love of children and desire to support the disadvantaged

The committees will require members with expertise as follows:

  • Executive: Strategic thinking, Financial experience, business skills, political awareness, legal expertise and corporate communications
  • Buildings and Estates: building development, legal, strategic planning.
  • Christian Distinctiveness: Religious Education, Collective Worship, SIAMS inspection, Relationships and Sex Education, School and FE Chaplaincy

Election Arrangements

Diocesan Synod can elect two members from among its number to serve on the Board, one ordained, one lay. In the event that there is more than one nomination in Synod for either category a ballot will be held.  

Diocesan Board of Education Nomination Form

Completed nomination forms should be returned to the Presiding Officer at Church House, Guildford GU2 7YF by 12 noon on Monday 19th November 2018

Further information is available from Alex Tear, Director of Education
Tel: 01483 484900

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