12 June 2017
Diocesan education directors are being offered a formal training
programme for the first time in a new initiative drawing on lessons
from training for headteachers.
The dedicated leadership development programme for Diocesan
Directors of Education (DDEs) has been commissioned by the Church
of England Foundation for Educational Leadership, working closely
with the Association of Anglican Directors of Education (AADE).
The 18-month programme will be designed to support the formation
and development of senior leaders in the full range of their roles.
It will be rooted deeply in Christian theology and will support
aspirant and newly-appointed Directors of Education as well as
those with significant experience in post.
The Rev Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer of the Church of
England, said: “We are delighted that the Foundation has secured
funding for this programme, and look forward to working in
partnership with DDEs, supporting their vital work for the Church
of England’s mission of serving the common good.”
With nearly a quarter of all primary aged children attending a
Church school, and more than 200 secondary schools, the work of
Diocesan education teams and their respective Boards of Education
is critical in ensuring the Church is able to offer a vision of
human flourishing for all which embraces the spiritual, physical,
intellectual, emotional, moral and social development of children
and young people.
Championing the vision, which sets excellence and academic
rigour within a wider framework, requires senior teams to work in
partnership with schools, local churches, government agencies and
The education leadership programme will therefore support
Directors in leading across multiple organisations, negotiating,
influencing and building consensus in order to bring about an
improving education system.
It will also support senior leaders to reflect on their own
leadership characteristics and develop their own leadership
capacity in order to resource them to face the day-to-day
challenges of the role.
The Foundation is inviting interested parties to submit an
outline proposal, summarising their approach to developing and
delivering the programme.
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