Education & National Society

Welcome to the Church of England Education Office

An introduction to our work with Schools, Children and Young People, Adult Education, Further Education and Higher Education can be found below. For more details, please follow the links or use the left hand navigation menu.


The Church of England has a long and successful history of involvement in education and schooling. As a statutory provider of schooling, the Church has built a very strong and respected position in England and Wales.

Key facts:

Church of England schools are highly effective

75% of CofE Secondary schools are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. That is 4% higher than the national average for non CofE schools. And 84% of CofE Primary schools are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, which is 3% higher than the national average for non CofE schools.  (Ofsted Summary of Latest Judgements accurate as of 31 March 2014)

Church of England schools are inclusive

At CofE secondary schools, 15% of CofE Secondary pupils are eligible for Free School Meals. This is in line with the national average for non CofE schools which is also 15%. (2013 School Census, Department for Education)

Pupils at CofE schools come from a wide variety of backgrounds. 25% of pupils attending CofE Secondary schools are from Black or Minority Ethnic backgrounds (Non-CofE 26%) (2013 School Census, Department for Education)

Church of England schools are distinctive

Church of England schools have a distinctive identity and ethos, popular with parents and families, where the development of social, spiritual and emotional intelligence is as important as academic achievement.

92% of CofE Primary schools and 90% of CofE Secondary schools are rated 'Good' or 'Outstanding' under the SIAMS inspection framework, which assesses levels of spiritual and pastoral support

Voluntary Activities

The Church of England is also a major provider of voluntary activities and training for those working with children and young people within the Church and the wider community.

Adult Education

Adult Education offered by the church aims to grow God's people, and to encourage all to develop as disciples of Christ.

All God's people are on a Lifelong Journey. The church can offer informal and formal opportunities for Lifelong Learning.

Further Education

Chaplaincy in Further Education is a growing ministry and the church promotes involvement in this important work, meeting the needs of young people 16-19 and many adults.

There are also opportunities for the Church to work in partnership with local FE colleges.

Higher Education

The Education Division's work in Higher Education is concentrated on supporting Chaplaincy in universities, Higher Education policy issues and Anglican Universities and University colleges.

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