The Church of England Education Office (formerly The National Society
The National Society for Promoting Religious Education (now known as The Church of England Education Office or CofEEO) was established in 1811 to provide schools for poor children. The aim was to found a church school in every parish and by 1851 (still 20 years before the state took any responsibility for education) there were 12,000 schools across England and Wales.
Today the CofEEO works closely with the wider Education Office of the Church of England, and is responsible for:
- Negotiating with Government and other national agencies to maintain and develop the contribution of church schools to public education in England and Wales;
- Supporting and advising diocesan education teams on legal and technical, curriculum and ethos issues;
- Contributing a Christian perspective to national educational debate.