Statutory Services

The Diocesan Board of Education has a statutory duty to provide certain services to all schools and academies within the Diocese of Lichfield.

  • Co-ordination and quality assurance for SIAMS inspections
  • Notifications and guidance on statutory changes to land, property and buildings
  • Provide advice to site trustees
  • Provide advice and support to governing boards on school closures
  • Provide advice on the constitution of school governing boards
  • Provide advice and support on the change of school category
  • Attendance at shortlisting and interviews for headteacher/principal appointments
  • Guidance and advice on advert and person spec for headteachers/principals
  • Induction and succession planning for headteachers/principals
  • Supporting the recruitment of, and appointment of foundation governors

VA Schools

  • Buildings advice, including visits on adapting and developing existing buildings
  • Manages the VA capital funding
  • Advise headteachers/governors on the latest DfE building guidelines and school premises regulations
  • Provide a professional view on projects proposed/developed by the local authorities
  • Provide advice on trust and property issues, including use by third parties
  • Formally review and advise on governing boards’ admission policies
  • Provide advice and support to governing boards and headteachers on admissions
  • Respond to the Schools’ Adjudicator

In addition the DBE also has representation on SACREs, Local Authority Education Forums and Scrutiny Panels and meets regularly with the DfE and Local Authorities representatives.

Core Christian Distinctiveness Support

Over 97% of Church of England schools in the diocese of Lichfield have taken out at least the Core level support, enabling us to develop our service offer greatly.

Set out below is a summary of the support and range of services available.

The Core Service Level Agreement will allow schools to access the following services:

  • Named Christian Distinctiveness Adviser (CDA)
  • Free attendance at RE hub meetings supported by LDBE
  • Introduction training for foundation governors and directors on what it means to be a governor/director in a church school
  • Free attendance at in-house run training events
  • Discounted attendance at externally led training events
  • Up to 3 x half days or 1½ x full day training, focus to be agreed with your named CDA (depending on pupil numbers)
  • Access to quality resources created by the Central Team
  • Pastoral support
  • Access to further hours support at a discounted price
Organisation Structure Pupil Nos. Fee Number of visits included
Single primary schools and single primary academies and middle schools up to 650 pupils

 

Up to 50 £260 1 day / 2 half days
51-110 £340 1 day / 2 half days
111-215 £570 1 day / 2 half days
216-325 £1090 1½ or 3 half days
326-425 £1300 1½ or 3 half days
426 + £1820 2 days or 4 half days
 

Single secondary schools and single secondary academies and middle schools over 650 pupils

 

Any

 

£2600

 

2 days or 4 half days

 

Multi Academy Trusts

 

Schools can either buy the services independently as per above or the Trust can apply to the Diocese for a group rate to cover all CofE Schools in the Trust.

Pupil numbers are taken from the preceding January census return and include FTE nursery children.

Pay as you Use Services

In addition to our Core SA support, we now also offer a range of services and support to schools on a ‘pay as you use’ basis. Any of these can also be delivered through the Core SA (up to your time entitlement). Prices quoted are twilight, half day or daily rates (3 or 6 hours) unless otherwise stated. The service will be provided by Lichfield Diocesan staff and / or consultants.

Christian Distinctiveness Services SA Non SA
Review of teaching and learning in RE and development of an improvement plan with subject leader (full or half day) £410

£220

£575

£320

Review of collective worship provision, worship areas and areas for reflection around the school (full or half day) £410

£220

£575

£320

Carry out learning walks with a focus on the school environment and how its Christian distinctiveness is celebrated and promoted (full or half day) £410

£220

£575

£320

Conduct a SIAMS audit to highlight current strengths and development points (full or half day) £410

£220

£575

£320

Audit the SIAMS self-evaluation process in preparation for a SIAMS inspection (full or half day) £410

£220

£575

£320

Review of the school website focusing on how it celebrates and promotes the school’s unique foundation as a church school (half day) £320 £575
Staff and Governor Training
Provide professional development training – for example on the resource “Understanding Christianity” (full or half day) £410

£220

£575

£320

Bespoke in-school training to staff (2hr twilight session) £175 £260
Bespoke in-school training to governing boards or local academy committees (2 hr twilight session) £175 £260

Central training courses and updates take place regularly throughout the Diocese. These include aspects relating to current developments and directives from the Church of England Education Office, governance, religious education, SIAMS, collective worship, SMSC and Christian values

Multi Academy Trusts and Federations

Multi Academy Trusts are able to access the Christian Distinctiveness Services on an individual school/academy basis. A bespoke group service based on the number and size of schools within the Trust can be discussed with the Diocesan Office. Please contact [email protected]

How is the Service Funded?

Our Core Christian Distinctiveness Service is subsidised by the Board of Education. This enables all our Church of England schools and academies to access quality support at a competitive price. We recognise the need to provide value for money is especially important at a time when budgets are tight. At the same time, schools and academies need to be working with organisations that will provide first class services. The Diocese is well placed to provide such services, given the special relationships with our schools and quality of professionals.

Our Commitment

Schools and Academies are entitled to expect the Education Team and Associates to:

  • Deliver the service to a high professional standard;
  • Respond promptly and courteously to requests for assistance;
  • Act with discretion and safeguard confidentiality;
  • Be responsive to individual schools and their distinctive ethos;
  • Act with integrity and in accordance with Christian beliefs and values;
  • Come alongside schools and leaders who are experiencing times of particular challenge;
  • Listen to any feedback given, and use this appropriately;

Respond promptly and courteously to any complaints about the level of service provided.

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