Working at both National and Local Authority levels the DBE is exceptionally well placed to help schools face ongoing challenges, find solutions to problems and make the most of opportunities. The support set out in this Service Agreement is delivered by a dedicated team of experienced advisers, the central team includes specialisms in SIAMS, premises, admissions and appeals, Religious Education, Mission, Collective Worship and Christian Distinctiveness.

Our Team is committed to empowering all Diocesan schools to understand and meet the challenges of the Church of England’s vision for education, “Distinctly Christian: Serving the Common  Good”, and Bishop Michael’s vision for the Diocese of Lichfield, “Come follow Christ in the footsteps of St Chad.”

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.

  • 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.

Bronze Level Support

Over 97% of Church of England schools in the diocese of Lichfield have taken out at least the Bronze 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

All schools who buy membership of our Service Agreements will be eligible for a half day (3 hour) remote meeting with their named CDA to provide an in-depth School Development Review, focusing on Christian Distinctiveness and the requirements of SIAMS, depending on the desired focus of the school. Depending upon the package designed for your school as set out in the Organisation Structure Chart below, your school will also be able to access further visit(s) to include your choice of the following or your own bespoke review/training.

  • Review of teaching and learning in RE and development of an improvement plan with subject leader
  • Review of collective worship provision, worship areas and areas for reflection around the school
  • Carry out learning walks with a focus on the school environment and how its Christian distinctiveness is celebrated and promoted
  • Review of the school website focusing on how it celebrates and promotes the school’s unique foundation as a church school
  • Provide professional development training – for example on the resource “Understanding Christianity”
  • Bespoke in-school training to staff
  • Bespoke in-school training to governing boards or local academy committees

2023-24 Fees

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 £291.50
  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 1 x 1/2 day in school review/training
51-110  £385
  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 1 x 1/2 day in school review/training
111-215  £643
  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 1 x 1/2 day in school review/training
216-325  £1226.50
  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 2 x 1/2 day in school review/training
326-425  £1463
  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 2 x 1/2 day in school review/training
426 + £2046
  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 3 x 1/2 day in school review/training
 

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

 

Any

 

£2920.50

 

  • 1 x 1/2 day remote development review plus
  • 3 x 1/2 day in school review/training
 

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.

Silver and Gold Support Package

In addition to our Bronze support, we now offer an enhanced range of services and support to schools. The service will be provided by the Lichfield Diocesan team and / or consultants.

In addition to the Bronze package. Silver will give access to one of the below services for 1 x half day (3hrs). Whilst Gold will give the Bronze package plus an addition 1 x full day (6hrs).

  • Review of teaching and learning in RE and development of an improvement plan with subject leader
  • Review of collective worship provision, worship areas and areas for reflection around the school
  • Carry out learning walks with a focus on the school environment and how its Christian distinctiveness is celebrated and promoted
  • Provide professional development training – for example on the resource “Understanding Christianity”
  • Bespoke in-school training to governing boards or local academy committees

2023-24 Silver Fees – Bronze fee plus £295.00

2023-24 Gold Fee – Bronze fee plus £525.00

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. Through subscribing to the SA you help to commit your school to working in partnership with the family of diocesan schools and academies.

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.

*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. These are open to all schools at a cost of £75.00 for those schools who are not in the SA.

Please complete the application form below.

Service Agreement Contract Form

Client Details

 

Terms of Agreement
All schools and academies subscribing to this agreement are expected to:
  • Keep the Education Team informed of the current situation in relation to the services required and developments at the school;
  • Give adequate notice when requesting visits, training or meetings;
  • Be available, given adequate notice, for meetings and/or visits;
  • Pay due attention to advice given by the Education Team or our Associates;
  • Give at least 5 working days’ notice to cancel or re-schedule a visit
  • Act in the spirit of genuine partnership working.
In consideration of Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education (LDBE) providing the services in accordance with this agreement, the customer agrees to pay the fees and charges to LDBE. The LDBE will raise invoice(s) for services and the customer will pay such invoices within 28 days of the date of each invoice.
The customer may have the option to pay the invoices via direct debit in managed stages monthly in arrears subject to LDBE written agreement. If payment of the fees and charges are not paid by the due date, LDBE shall be entitled, without limiting any other rights it may have, to charge interest on the outstanding amount.
If either party (‘the defaulting party’) commits a breach of this agreement and has not remedied the breach to the satisfaction of the other party (the ‘complaining party’) within 30 days of the defaulting parties receipt of the complaining parties written notice specifying the breach and requesting it to be remedied; or the breach is not capable of remedy; or the breach is a fundamental breach of the agreement, then the complaining party may, without prejudice to any accrued rights or remedies under the agreement, terminate the agreement by notice in writing, such notice to have immediate effect.
This Agreement may also be terminated by LDBE with immediate effect if:
  • the customer convenes a meeting of its creditors;
  • the customer shall make a voluntary arrangement within Part 1 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or makes a proposal for any other composition scheme of arrangement with (or assignment for the benefit of) its creditors;
  • the customer shall be unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986;
  • a trustee receiver, administrative receiver or similar officer is appointed in respect of all or any material part of the customer’s business or assets; or
  • a meeting is convened for the purpose of considering a resolution, or other steps are taken for the winding up of the customer (otherwise than for the purpose of an amalgamation or reconstruction) or for the making of an administration order or other appointment of an administrator in respect of the customer.