The Church of England is the largest single provider of academies and MATs into the education system. Because of this engagement there is a developing level of experience and expertise from the Church nationally. Having converted around 40 schools to become academies and established or supported the establishment of nine Church MATs, the diocese is contributing significantly to the national Church understanding of the academy programme. Consequently it is also able to offer that experience and our developing expertise locally.
What We Have Done To Date – April 2016 to July 2016
The DBE has engaged in extensive information and consultation sessions across the diocese through thirteen Academy Roadshows. At these Roadshows the DBE has met with more than 700 people representing church schools in the diocese. The aim of the Roadshows has been to:
engage with and mobilise school leadership;
explain what an academy is, what a MAT is responsible for, and how a MAT is constructed;
provide clarity on the role of the diocese and the position of church schools, in line with the legal requirements for church schools and the Church of England’s Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between DfE and the Church of England;
identify MAT models and illustrate opportunities / limitations;
inform school head teachers and chairs of governors about the process to become an academy.
The DBE Academy Toolkit is now available to support schools in deciding if, how or when to proceed to apply for conversion to academy status. Please find the following documents below;