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