Latest Education News

Latest Education news from the Education Office 


SIAMS Review Second Consultation

We are currently revising the SIAMS Evaluation Schedule.  The new Evaluation Schedule has been in development for nearly a year and feedback has been sought throughout the process both in consultation meetings and through discussion with a variety of SIAMS experts. 

The current draft is now open for public consultation and we are seeking feedback from a wide range of stakeholders.

We are seeking feedback from:

  • School/academy/MAT leaders and governors
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Clergy/chaplains
  • Diocesan officers (SIAMS managers, advisors, directors of education)
  • SIAMS inspectors

The current draft can be accessed here:

The feedback form can be accessed here:

All feedback received will be considered and used to shape the final version of the Evaluation Schedule.

Please note that we are aware that the grade descriptors require further development.  You are welcome to comment on the grade descriptors but please be assured that we plan to spend more time working to make them sharper and clearer.     

To provide feedback please fill in the form either electronically or hard copy. 

Forms can be returned to:

Jemma Adams
The Church of England Education Office
Church House
Great Smith Street

Please return your feedback before Monday 31 July 2017. 


Archbishop of York to lead schools pilgrimage to Taizé

 Taize 2018


Church of England MAT CEO Programme

Registration is now open for the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership's CofE MAT CEO programme, Manchester cohort. Registration closes 26th May. See for further details.

CofE MAT CEO Programme- Spring 2017 update

MAT CEO Flyer- Manchester 2017


Unlocking Gifts Project Report Published

The Unlocking Gifts Project, funded by the Jerusalem Trust, offered schools the opportunity to generate ideas on how to focus resources on relatively simple programmes to make a difference to the most disadvantaged groups.  This report shows how nine different projects were able to help pupils to achieve, be the best they can be, flourish and have 'life in all its fullness.'  Download a copy

Church of England launches new educational foundation

The Church of England is launching its Foundation for Educational Leadership on Saturday 4th February with a national conference.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership will provide leadership development training for those holding key roles in education, and is a major intervention by the Church in the education sector.

In advance of the launch, it has announced the names of the four trustees of the new charity:

  • Professor Joy Carter DL (Chair); Vice-Chancellor of Winchester University
  • The Revd Nigel Genders; Chief Education Officer for the Church of England
  • The Rt Revd Rachel Treweek; Bishop of Gloucester
  • Professor Bill Lucas; Acclaimed researcher and writer about education and learning

Speaking about the new trustees the Foundation's Director, James Townsend, said: "We are thrilled that the work of the Foundation for Educational Leadership will be supported by an experienced and visionary Board of Trustees, reflecting a powerful partnership between dioceses, universities and school leaders.
"I am looking forward to working with Joy, Nigel, Bishop Rachel and Bill as we seek to ensure that all leaders in education have access to the very highest quality leadership development - especially those serving pupils in rural and disadvantaged areas."

The Chair of Trustees, Professor Joy Carter, said: "The next few years will be an important time for our education system as we equip a new generation of young people to shape the values and priorities of our society, and contribute meaningfully to a complex and globalised world.
"To do this, we need to ensure our leaders in schools, Multi-Academy Trusts and diocesan education teams are fully supported in their development. The Board is committed to ensuring the success of the Foundation for Educational Leadership in doing so."

Further trustees will be recruited to the Foundation in due course.

The full press release can be found here

National Conference: 'Bringing the Vision Alive' - Saturday 4 February, Church House, London

Speakers include: Archbishop Sentamu…Prof David Ford…Prof Bill Lucas…Bishop Libby Lane…Revd Nigel Genders

plus 24 inspiring case studies from across the UK, helping you and your teams in

Leading Education with Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity

Click here to book tickets for this unmissable National Conference, and become part of the movement -

(£125 per person or £200 for 2 tickets from same organisation)

The conference will draw together key national thinkers to provide rich pedagogical and theological reflection, alongside great practical opportunities for school leaders to learn from one another, as they seek to educate for Wisdom, Hope, Community and Dignity. From its launch in September 2016, The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership has pioneered a range of networks, programmes and research to enable school leaders to engage in rich reflection on leadership, theology and pedagogy. This has included the CofEPQH and MAT CEO programmes alongside the innovative Regional Peer Support Networks in 3 regions of the country.

Supporting dynamic case study reports from a wide range of primary and secondary schools from across the country, keynote speakers confirmed so far for the day include:

  • The Most Revd John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
  • Professor David Ford, Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
  • The Rt Revd Libby Lane, Bishop of Stockport
  • Professor Bill Lucas, University of Winchester
  • The Revd Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer
  • Mr James Townsend, Director, Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership

Please join us for what promises to be an essential day in the development of the Church of England's Vision for Education, and for the pioneering work of the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. The conference is scheduled on a Saturday to support teams (from School/MAT SLTs or Governing Bodies, Diocesan Education Teams) of colleagues wishing to attend together.



The Church of England Professional Qualification for Headship (CofEPQH) provides a unique opportunity for professional, spiritual and personal development. Rooted in the Church's vision for education, this programme both provides rigorous preparation for leading a school and enables participants to support all staff and pupils to live 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10). The programme will resonate with educators looking for a genuinely pupil focused approach, ensuring excellent academic outcomes and nurturing the whole child.

The programme is aimed at current headteachers (in post for two years or less), senior school leaders and aspiring headteachers. The programme is open to Church of England and community primary and secondary schools.

Please contact for an application form. Places are limited so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Closing date for applications is 16th September 2016.

CofEPQH flyer:


NB: During the pilot year, the programme is available to schools in the following areas: North West (Carlisle and Liverpool Diocese), South East (Chichester, Canterbury and Rochester Diocese) and South West (Bath and Wells, Exeter and Truro Diocese).


Why heart, soul and mind education matters to us all

One in ten children develop a mental health problem by the age of 16. Mental Health Awareness Week focuses this year on the importance of relationships to the well-being of individuals and their communities. In an excerpt from a new book, Schools for Human Flourishing, Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, says young people are crying out for an education that draws out their creative gifts and energies.

For some time, an individualistic and consumerist conception  of success and the good life has been common, and has fostered a utilitarian approach to education, geared towards maximum economic output. But this has not been healthy. As Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argue in their book; The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone,…further improvements in the quality of life no longer depend on further economic growth: the issue is now community and how we relate to each other'. Read more

HM the Queen's 90th birthday - resources

To celebrate HM the Queen's 90th birthday and her role as the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, every parish church and CofE school is being encouraged to organise a festival to mark the Queen's official birthday on the weekend of 10-12 June 2016.  The Church of England Education Office has produced some resources to help schools plan their celebrations- from a school assembly to street parties there are plenty of ideas and guidance to help you organise an event to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

HMQ90 Introduction

HMQ90 Festivals and Street Parties

HMQ90 Exhibitions and Local History

HMQ90 The 90 Years Challenge

HMQ90 Celebration Assembly

HMQ90 Celebration Assembly  PPT

HMQ90 Arts and Crafts

You can also find additional resources for schools and parishes on the Church Care website.


Safe places to talk about God

Talking about God at school is crucial to ensuring children can know themselves and each other. There are some who feel religion has no place in school. I think this is a dangerous idea. The answer to the great challenges of ignorance and intolerance is to bring the reality of belief, in all its forms, into the daily lives of children. Encountering belief is part of shaping identity and fostering understanding of wider society. We do not exist in a vacuum, but in community. Through encountering our own traditions and histories, and those of others, we find a greater depth of maturity and expression. Read more


Leadership development for CEOs of Multi-Academy Trusts

Following on from our successful Executive Educators CEO programme, the Church of England Education Office is inviting pre-course registrations of interest for our next Church of England CEO programme which will start in the Autumn Term of 2016. Please click here for further details. Please contact to register your interest and join the waiting list. Further information on dates, venue, cost and course content will follow.


Education Sunday- Share Inspirational Education Stories

Education Sunday, which this year takes place on the 11 September, is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education.

We are working with Churches Together in England as part of an ecumenical steering group made up of representatives from eight member churches in order to create resources to help churches and schools take part in Education Sunday.  As part of these resources we want to collect stories of how education changes lives, and we need your help with this.

  • stories of where teachers and others in education have made a difference to people's lives
  • stories of where education has pulled people back from the brink
  • stories where education has changed lives and allowed empowerment and human flourishing
  • stories where being an educator, or someone who works in the setting of education, has changed their own life
  • stories that demonstrate this year's Education Sunday theme of 'All Are Welcome' - stories that demonstrate the hospitality of education
  • stories that highlight people's vocation to work/volunteer in the world of education

Education Sunday is a day not just for teachers and students but for everyone who works, volunteers and prays for education in all its forms - Sunday school leaders, administrators in educational settings, school leaders, university lecturers, those involved in adult education, school governors… the list goes on.  Education Sunday is a day to celebrate and affirm that service and bless those who work hard to bless others.

If you, or someone you know has an inspirational story to share, please email  We would like to hear from all sorts of different people and we are happy to receive anything from a long account to a short sentence summarising a life-changing experience of education.


Delivering the Core Christian Concepts:
Sharing the Best of Diocesan Practice

One day conference for subject leaders of re in primary and secondary schools
Thursday 30 June 2016

The Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam Street, W1W 6JJ

Keynote session- Stephen Pett
Main author of the new Understanding Christianity Project. Ths will be the first chance for schools to hear in detail about this project and how it will set the expectations for church school RE.

Workshops - Speakers so far confirmed

Lorraine Abbott
Steven Gallears
Gillian Georgiou
Verity Holloway
Olivia Seymour
Kathryn Wright
Jane Chipperton
John Seymour

Booking form details click here



Winner announced for competition to design a logo for the Church of England's celebrations in honour of Her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday.

Queen's birthday logo

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the logo competition is Lucas Salinger, age 10, from Potten End Church of England Primary School in Hertfordshire.

Lucas, whose design was picked from over 1000 entries said: 'I feel amazed that my design was chosen.  I feel lost for words!'

The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations will take place on the weekend of 10-12 June 2016.  Every parish church is being encouraged to hold a festival to mark the event, and we want to encourage all Church of England schools to link up to these events and celebrate in partnership with their local church and community.

Download the logo here

To read more about the winner and winning entry click here.

To find out more about the national Church of England celebrations click here.