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,
- check the quality of education and formation being
offered to the ministers of the future
- help training institutions to enhance what they
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
From 2014, the framework is being developed in two
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
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
Baptist Union of Great Britain
Methodist Church of Great Britain - reports will be published
as inspections take place
handbook September 2016 - the comprehensive resource for
institutions preparing for periodic external review, and for
Periodic external review
criteria September 2016.
Annual self-evaluation (ASE)
documents: Section A
(formation and governance), Section B (taught
programmes), and introductory