Diocesan Board of Education

The Diocesan Board of Education (DBE) is responsible to the Diocesan Synod to promote or assist in the promotion within the Diocese education which is consistent with the faith and practice of the Church of England.  The Board’s members must be partially drawn from the Diocesan Synod members.

Each Diocesan Board appoints a Director of Education and other officers that it deems necessary to carry out the functions of the Board.

In  recent years there has been growing expectation that those who provide schools will be held accountable for the education provision within them. If a school has ’Church of England’ over the door, then the Church of England, through the DBE, will increasingly be held responsible for the quality of provision within the school.

Diocesan Boards of Education are not seeking to replace the role of Local Authorities, but in order to ensure the high quality of provision in our family of schools, their education teams need to be equipped to ensure they understand the schools properly, analysing performance and then if required making sure they broker in suitable support in a timely way.

Here is some information about the current Church of England Birmingham Board of Education, its make-up and membership, terms of reference, sub-committees and other background.

A Diocesan Board of Education for the Future (2013)

Diocesan  Board of Education Measure 1991

Signed Order

Birmingham DBE Board & Committee Membership/Terms of Reference for Triennium 2019-21

Birmingham DBE's Business Plan for Triennium 2019-21

Church Schools of the Future Review 2012