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.
Welcome to Education in the Diocese of Worcester
As explored in the Church of England's Vision for Education, Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good (July 2016), the Church has a biblical mandate to be an active partner in the education offered to the nation's children. Whilst recognising that no education system can be neutral in its ideology or philosophy, the Church of England roots its vision and purpose for education in the biblical exhortation to 'live life in all its fullness' (John 10:10). It acknowledges the breadth, depth and richness of an education designed to enable children to flourish in their potential as unique individuals made in the image of God. We, in Worcester's Diocesan Education Team, shape all aspects of our work with schools within this Christian philosophy for education.
The Way Ahead (Dearing 2001, Archbishops' Council) and The Church School of the Future (Chadwick 2012, Archbishops' Council) reports set out how the Church's work in education has two major purposes:
- Christian nurture of children and their families, in recognition of the fact that church schools stand at the centre of the Church's mission to the nation.
- Christian service in responding to the educational needs of young people, including a commitment to putting faith and spiritual development at the heart of the curriculum and ensuring that a Christian ethos permeates the whole educational experience.
There are 100 church schools in the diocese, which covers Dudley and Worcestershire Local Authorities. The diocese offers programmes and resources to all schools in the area: further information is available on the following pages.
The overarching vision of the work of the Diocesan Education Team sits within the Worcester Diocese's Kingdom People vision and is expressed in the words To Love, To Learn, To Serve. We seek to contextualise our work with our 100 church schools within this vision.
The Worcester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) and the Diocesan Education Team exist to promote Christian education of the highest quality in all our schools and academies, as we see them as being at the centre of the mission and ministry of the diocese. Church schools and academies have their foundation in the Christian Gospel, and daily life in a church school or academy will reflect that foundation throughout the whole of its curriculum and ethos.
Please navigate the website to access further information on our work with schools. To contact us please call 01905 732 821, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church School Headteachers and Senior Leaders from across the Diocese gathered for their annual conference on Friday 19th October 2018. This year, the theme was 'Good Mental Health and Wellbeing for All'. At the end of the day, speakers and delegates shared their reflections with us.