The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) is a statutory body with particular functions and responsibilities for church schools, RE and Collective Worship and education in the diocese more widely.
Our work reflects our national commitment to the Church of England’s vision for education ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’. Our Church schools and academies are open to all and are inclusive, supporting and encouraging those of Christian faith, other faiths and those of no faith.
The Diocesan Board of Education meets four times a year and sets policy and strategy which the Education team implements. It has an agreed policy on academies and small schools, two major issues facing all dioceses. These are available to view:
DBE Academy Strategy (September 2023) | PDF
DBE Small Schools Strategy (September 2023) | PDF
The Church of England Education Office publishes resources and reports for school leaders, diocesan educations teams and others in the education sector. The latest reports are:
Embracing Change: Rural and Small Schools (March 2018) | PDF
Vision for Education: Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good (Autumn 2016) | PDF
Challenging Homophobic Bullying - Valuing All God's Children (Summer 2019) | PDF
The DBE has to give consent to church schools which wish to become academies. Typically schools join or form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT). At present there are three stand-alone academies, a Diocesan MAT and three local church school-led MATs in this Diocese.
The DBE ratifies the appointment of all foundation governors, of which there are just under 300. Please visit our Foundation Governors page here | Weblink.
Download a full list of current members of the Diocesan Board of Education:
DBE membership | PDF
The current Board has been elected for a two-year period from January 2023 to December 2024 due to the DBE Measure 2021.
The DBE meets at least four times a year and members are also invited to join specific courses, conferences and occasional joint-sessions with other Dioceses or the Local Authority.
This year's DBE meetings have now taken place. 2024 meetings are planned for:
- Thursday 25 January 2024 at 1.30pm
- Wednesday 8 May 2024 at 4pm
- Tuesday 24 September 2024 at 4pm
- Wednesday 20 November 2024 at 4pm
Agendas will be posted here one week prior to the meeting. Meetings normally take place at the St Nicholas Centre, Cutler Street, Ipswich IP1 1UQ.
November 2023 | Agenda | PDF | Minutes ~ to follow
Older papers are available on request - please email Jacqui Studd.