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Education Sunday Celebration

10th September, 3.30pm at Chester Cathedral

We would like to invite headteachers, staff, governors, children and families to join us to celebrate Education Sunday. This is an opportunity to rejoice in all of the work that goes on in schools across the Diocese and to say thank you to those involved. It will be especially poignant this year as we say a final goodbye to Jeff Turnbull, Diocesan Director of Education for 26 years and commission our new Director of Education, Chris Penn. There will be input from a number of schools and the service will be suitable for all ages and worship preferences.

Please do join us for this special occasion - no tickets required.

New Director of Education

With the retirement of Canon Jeff Turnbull, we are delighted to announce that Mr Christopher Penn has been appointed as the new Director of Education.

Chris is currently the Headteacher at St Peter’s Church of England Primary School in Heswall.

The Chair of the DBE, Bishop Libby says:
'We are delighted that Chris will be joining the Diocese as our new Director of Education. He comes to us with a proven track record in education as head of a Church of England Primary school in the Diocese. He has been appointed with a passion to inspire, engage and encourage our schools. He brings a deep faith and professional expertise to the post. We are delighted that he is joining the team at this crucial time, and I look forward to working closely with him to enable our schools to continue as transformative Christian communities academically and missionally.'

We expect Chris to start in the autumn and until he begins, Sue Noakes will be the interim Director.  Please hold them both in your prayers.

Unlocking Gifts Project

The Unlocking Gifts Project, funded by the Jerusalem Trust, offered schools the opportunity to generate ideas on how to focus resources on relatively simple programmes to make a difference to the most disadvantaged groups.  This report shows how nine different projects were able to help pupils to achieve, be the best they can be, flourish and have 'life in all its fullness.'  Download a copy

New RE Syllabus for Primary Schools

The new and widely-anticipated Diocesan syllabus for primary schools was approved at the recent meeting of the DBE. Produced by Jane Brooke and Sue Glover with the support of a number of teachers across the Diocese, the syllabus is based on eleven Christian concepts and can be seen here. It is strongly recommended for use in all our schools.

Assessing RE

There are now support documents to assist in assessing RE in the new RE Syllabus.  To see them, click here.

With the greater move to academy status, Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) has been restructured to be available for any of our schools that would like to become an academy as part of a multi-academy trust. Chester Diocesan Board of Education actively encourages Diocesan schools to consider joining CDAT.

If you would like to discuss joining CDAT contact Sue Noakes in the first instance.  To go to CDAT's website, click here.

Becoming an Academy

Before applying to become an Academy, schools must have the consent of the DBE. This will only be given if certain conditions are met - particularly that church- based legal documents are used. For further information click here.


TPM4 Schools is DBE Services (owned by Chester DBE and five other dioceses) independent advisory service supporting schools in the management, maintenance and development of the buildings. It offers free independent advice to all schools. It can offer a comprehensive range of services to meet all statutory, revenue and capital needs. Whether it is a major capital project ; a minor repair to the boiler or a statutory service they have specialist consultants and contractors who can offer advice and guidance and who will seek the most cost effective way of dealing with your needs.   They offer a one stop shop providing head teachers and governors with everything they need to maintain, manage, repair and develop their school building. 

The latest newsletter can be downloaded from their website (click on the logo above).


Recruitment Partnership

DBE Services has teamed up with ITN Mark Education to recruit primary and secondary teachers for permanent, long term and short term supply jobs.  They are also able to provide services including school improvement, administrative support and IT consultancy. 

For more information, go to their website


Courses are advertised in our newsletters.  Please click here to see them. 

Family of Schools

To download information about the scheme for 2016/17, click here. Anyone requiring information about the Family of Schools scheme should contact Sandra Reynolds in the first instance.

Links to 'What's On' help for collective worship and RE exemplar lessons are sent to member schools. 

Foundation Governors

For information on appointing Foundation Governors, click here.

If you are interested in becoming a foundation governor of a church school, you can download information here.