Our department is here to serve and support schools and parishes across the diocese to provide the highest quality of education for children and young people of all faiths and none. We base our work on the Church of England Vision for Education, deeply Christian serving the common good, which itself reflects our diocesan education vision based on Jesus’ words in John 10.10 ‘I have come that they may have life in all its fullness.’
The C of E Vision for Education clearly articulates the Church’s involvement in education as we all seek to meet the challenges and opportunities which have arisen over the past few years. This vision embraces the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children and young people. It offers a vision of human flourishing for all, one that embraces excellence and academic rigour whilst setting them within this wider framework. The vision is worked out theologically and educationally through four ‘pillars’:
In order to ensure our work reflects the four pillars, we offer a diverse range of services, activities, resources, courses, advice and guidance to the equally diverse range of schools, MATs (multi academy trusts), colleges, universities, chaplaincies, youth groups and parishes that exist across the Diocese of Bath and Wells.
Our department is staffed by an exceptional and experienced staff group with a vast skill set and knowledge base. No question is too large or too small. We strive to work in partnership with those we serve, listening to needs and responding appropriately.
The department is divided into three teams:
- The School Effectiveness Team: leadership, vision, values, pedagogy, impact.
- The School Organisation Team: governance, buildings, partnerships including academies, legal and admissions
- The Go Team: connect parishes and schools, children + youth opportunities
All three teams work within an archdeaconry based model so as to be able to offer a coherent and bespoke response to the needs of each community we serve. Our aims are that, by 2023, all of our church schools will be acknowledged as Good or better by Ofsted and through SIAMS; that all schools will offer or signpost pathways to regular, distinctly Christian activities or support through chaplaincy, parish networks or ecumenical partners.