The Board of Education

About the Board

The Board exists, as an independent company with its own Constitution, to maintain and extend education in the Christian religion in general and the Church of England in particular, amongst all sections of the community in the Diocese of Rochester. To undertake this task for the school age community, the Board works with approximately 88 schools, of which five are secondary and the remainder within the primary age group. To reach the remainder of 
pre-school children and older youth, it operates through our Advisers on Children's and Youth. The Bishop is the President of the Board and has approves the appointment of the Chair. 

Triennial Aims of the RDBE

  • To actively promote and support Christian Distinctiveness through developing high quality, leadership and effective governance of our Church of England Schools
  • To provide targeted challenge and focused support for school effectiveness in order that at least 85% of our Church schools are judged ‘Good’ or better in both OFSTED and SIAMS inspection frameworks by 2017
  • To improve the quality of teaching and learning of Religious Education in Church primary schools through the implementation of a revised diocesan syllabus, sharing best practice and offering professional development opportunities for all teaching staff in Church primary schools 
  • To advise, support and celebrate children’s and youth work across the Diocese of Rochester so that children and young people are offered life-enhancing encounters with Jesus Christ, participation as equal partners in the life of the Church and opportunities to explore their vocation
  • To encourage, develop and evaluate standards of integrity and good working practice amongst children’s and youth work practitioners, parishes and schools and to formally recognise those who demonstrate high quality children’s and youth ministry
  • To develop effective strategic partnerships with Local Authorities, Teaching Schools Alliances, Multi-Academy Trusts and other key stakeholders, to ensure that every Church school is part of  informal, formal or structural collaboration which supports their Christian distinctiveness, school effectiveness and their sustainable future
  • To ensure the good stewardship and effective deployment of the Board of Education’s resources, in order to ensure its sustainable future and ability to deliver its Triennial Aims and key priorities   

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