Education and National Society

Welcome to the Church of England Education Office

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

Our Vision

The Church of England Education Office works in a variety of church and educational settings and seeks to promote an education that allows children, young people and adults to live out Jesus' promise of 'life in all its fullness'.  We believe this to be an education that enables every person to flourish in the widest sense: to grow in wisdom; to cultivate a wide-ranging knowledge that will help broaden life chances; to develop the spiritual, intellectual and emotional resources they need to live a good life; and to develop the character to live well together in community.   

Our Work

Children and Young People

  • Support and resource diocesan advisors, parishes and individuals in their work with children and young people in church and community settings.
  • Advocate for the full inclusion of children and young people in the life of the Church.
  • Develop and enable the Church of England Youth Council to be a voice for 14-25 year olds at all levels in the Church.
  • Integrate ministry among children and young people with all other areas of the Church's life and mission.


  • Working in partnership with the dioceses to support the 4,644 Church of England schools, and the 200 church schools in Wales. 
  • Negotiate with Government and other national agencies to maintain and develop the contribution of church schools to public education in England and Wales.
  • Support and advise diocesan education teams on technical issues, curriculum and religious education, collective worship and school character.
  • Develop, manage and quality assure the denominational inspection process (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

Colleges and Universities

  • Promote chaplaincy in educational settings.
  • Develop strategy and policy in Further Education.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership

  • Working to provide networks, programmes and research for leaders in education that will equip them to achieve our bold vision for education. 
  • Aiming to build a national movement of inspirational leaders equipped to transform education, so that it fosters wisdom, hope, community and dignity, and all children are able to flourish and experience life in all its fullness, regardless of their background or starting point.

You can find out more about the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership on their website



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