The partnership between a parish and its school is an important one; Church schools are not ‘an add-on’, but integral to the life and ministry of the local church. The Dearing Report of 2000 explored how schools are seen as standing at the centre of the Church’s mission to the nation, in clear recognition that in many dioceses there are as many, if not more, children in Church schools as there are Sunday worshippers in churches. The Ely Diocesan Synod passed a resolution supporting the message of the review in 2001.
Members of the Diocesan Schools Team are available to discuss with clergy and lay ministers their role and relationship with schools as Ex officio clergy governors, chaplains, worship leaders etc. Clergy and lay ministers are also encouraged to engage with the different training opportunities offered by the diocese as is helpful and appropriate.
IME2 training for curates on working with schools will be offered in the autumn of 2017 and annually thereafter.