Diocesan Board of Education (DBE)

Overseeing the work of our Education team

St James' Woollaston

The Worcester Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) oversees the work of the Diocesan Education team.

Our aims

  • Support, promote and oversee the work of those working with children and young people.
  • Enable children and young people to develop spiritually.
  • Enable the participation of children and young people in the mission and growth of the Church.
  • Enable the faith development of children and young people within the Church.
  • Strengthen links between parishes and educational establishments.
  • Support those engaged in education in their vision and their delivery of R.E., Worship, and Spiritual, Social, Cultural and Moral Development.
  • Support the leadership and management of Church Schools.
  • Promote partnership within the diocese, including other Boards, and to serve those who are not yet the Church's members.
  • Work in partnership with other relevant agencies.

Board members

In the Worcester Archdeaconry

Rev'd Julie James
Michael Hunter
Joan Reading 

In the Dudley Archdeaconry

Bryan Allbut
Jenny Batelen
Robert Green

A review working group was established to make suggestions to Bishop’s Council recommending a new shape of the DBE to Diocesan Synod. Recommendations to move away from the representational model to a skills based mode and to reduce the numbers, electing members according to skills and particular expertise they can bring to the Board were approved by Bishop’s Council and by Diocesan Synod.