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A welcome from the new Director of Education

I am delighted to have taken up post as the new Diocesan Director of Education, from this September, working on behalf of the Diocesan Board of Education.  It is a great honour and privilege to have been given this opportunity to further strengthen our work and partnership with our church schools across the Diocese of Chester, as we strive to ensure the very best outcomes for every child and young person in our care.  There is much to celebrate across our church schools and despite some of the challenges that lie ahead, this is an exciting time as we look to shape church schools of the future, working in partnership to deliver a shared vision of excellence in education for our children and young people which is deeply Christian, with the promise by Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. I look forward to continuing the conversation and working with you in the months and years ahead.

Read full Director's Welcome Letter


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.