Quality Assurance in Ministerial Education

The Church of England is committed to maintaining and developing the quality of the initial training it offers its ordinands. licensed lay ministers/Readers and other related learners. Theological education and training is offered by training institutions which have been recognised by the House of Bishops. As a result, the training institutions are subject to the quality assurance and enhancement framework of the Church, which includes regular on-site inspection/review.

In the Church's quality assurance work, we:

  • check the quality of education and formation being offered to the ministers of the future
  • help training institutions to enhance what they offer

The Church of England publishes its inspection (review) reports on ministerial training institutions.

Every training institution, both Church of England and ecumenical, is fully reviewed once during each 6-year cycle in line with the published programme of reviews.

From 2014, the framework is being developed in two ways:

1.  Following the introduction of Annual Self-Evaluation, the six-yearly on-site inspection will be known as a Periodic External Review.  PERs will be carried out in dialogue with the annual self-evalutions of institutions.

2. The Ministry Division is working with Durham University (our validation partner for the Common Awards) to introduce an integrated approach to both annual self-evaluation ('resources' below) and periodic external review.

Follow the links below to read the reports of:

The Baptist Union of Great Britain

The Methodist Church of Great Britain - reports will be published as inspections take place


Quality assurance handbook September 2016 - the comprehensive resource for institutions preparing for periodic external review, and for reviewers.

Periodic external review criteria September 2016.

Annual self-evaluation (ASE) documents: Section A (formation and governance), Section B (taught programmes), and introductory guidance.