Schools and Education
The Diocese of Worcester is committed to work in schools and tertiary education. It is also involved in adult education, children's work and youth work.
The diocesan area includes three Local Authorities, Worcestershire, Dudley and Sandwell. There are 100 Church Schools in the diocese and the diocese also offers programmes and resources to all schools in the area. See the related links and attachments below.
Mission Statement of the Diocesan Department for Education
Our task is to:
- encourage and enable,
- challenge and develop,
- ask the pertinent questions;
- sometimes to be directive and even prophetic
We acknowledge that education is not solely through words nor through instruction and transmission but by serving, learning and loving together.
We work in the company of others seeking to plan jointly from the start
We pursue interdependence rather than independence
We seek to be inclusive unless there is a particular reason to be selective
We work in partnership with other organisations in the church, schools and the community unless there is good reason not to do so.
We acknowledge the different parts of our work and service but keep an overall view of the wider developmental work of the Diocesan Department for Education.
We recognise and affirm that children and young people have a ministry in their own right and will encourage each person to exercise their ministries.
We will not exploit, manipulate or bully children, young people or our partners.
- take stock
- set aims
- share good practice and pass it on
- look ahead and break new ground
- and be adventurous
All this by God's grace, in God's service and in pursuit of the DBE / DDfE Vision Statement, the Diocesan Coherence Plans (2007), the Bishop of Worcester's Priorities, Going4Growth (National CofE Youth and Children's Strategies) and the Every Child Matters agenda.
We acknowledge the foundation work of Hereford DBE's 'Golden Guiding Principles' in the formation of this Mission Statement.
Vision For Our Schools
We share the vision for schools as set out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, that our schools are: "Not just about acquiring skills and good examination results." They are about forming people who have the moral strength and spiritual depth to hold to a course and weather ups and downs.
(They are) about forming people who know that economic competition is not more important than family life and love of neighbour, and that technical innovation is not more important than reverence for the beauty of creation. It is about forming people who, however academically and technically skilful, are not reduced to inarticulate embarrassment by the great questions of life and death and the meaning of truth."