Churches and Schools Learning Together

Diocese of Chester

This is an opportunity  for licensed ministers to improve their professional practice in schools recognising the significant role ministers (particularly clergy) play in our church schools with regard to leadership and governance, the teaching of RE, corporate worship and pastoral support.

Who?

This project is for clergy, lay ministers and other church workers to work with mentor support from teachers, headteachers or governors.  The clergy/ministers/church workers, (ie students), will be assigned a mentor from an appointed school and there will be a contract of engagement between the student and the mentor.

What will the area of study be?

Students will be able to choose their focus for the area of research. Possibilities could include Religious Education, worship, governance or special needs. Students will be expected to spend up to 12 days (to be negotiated)  through the year on their project, including working with their mentor for up to 7 days, visiting schools and attending relevant training conferences. It is anticipated that the mentor will  host some visits to the school.

What are the costs?

The schools providing mentoring support will have costs of supply cover and expenses met. It is hoped that the schools will benefit from working with a student and that the mentor will have the opportunity for professional development as mentor. The clergy/minister will have costs covered by the diocesan training budget or can access their CMD grant.

On completion

There will be a formal recognition of completion for students and mentors.

Students will be expected to report their findings in any format eg PowerPoint to the participants in the project and to Deanery Synod. The findings will also be reported to Diocesan Synod.

The project will be supervised by Jane Brooke and David Herbert and overseen by the Diocesan Board of Education.

What do I do now?

If you are interested please email David Herbert at david.herbert@chester.anglican.org copying in Jane Brooke jane.brooke@chester.anglican.org  by 15 May 2018, stating your possible focus of area in school.