Diocesan Director of Education

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Southwell, Nottingham

What we are looking for from a new DDE is a passionate, visionary and dynamic individual who not only believes that the medium of education can Grow Disciples: Wider, Younger, Deeper but is also capable of making that vision a reality.

At this time we need someone with team building skills who works with a collaborative style. The DDE will also have the credibility with which to gain the trust of Heads, LEAs, MAT chief executives and clergy.


Church Schools

In the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham we have 73 schools. This includes 8 secondaries, 2 junior, 4 infant and 59 primaries.

Altogether there are 28 schools with academy status in the diocese and another 6 with conversion imminent or clear intentions to begin to convert shortly. There are 3 academies which are single academy trust.

Our 5 Multi Academy Trusts with Church majority governance are:

  • Archway Learning Trust 4 Church of England academies
  • Aspire 3 Church of England academies
  • MiTRE 3 Church of England academies
  • Southwell & Nottingham 11 Church of England academies
  • Transform 3 Church of England academies

There are 19 Voluntary Aided and 27 Voluntary Controlled maintained schools

The status of schools across our Diocese continues to evolve as schools decide to join academy trusts for a variety of reasons.

All Church Schools and Academies are supported by the education team. Training and support are available for Christian distinctiveness, leadership development, governance, admissions, SIAMS and OFSTED preparation, Headteacher recruitment and a variety of network meetings, to name just a few areas. In addition, Voluntary Aided schools receive funding through the diocese for building work. Each of our secondary schools has an employed chaplain (costs shared between school and Diocese). A key focus of the education department’s work is to enable our schools to live out the Church of England vision for education and the DBE vision for education (see below)

Higher Education

There are two universities in Nottingham who together have over 70,000 students. The Diocese provides chaplains at both and these are line managed by the DDE



Main Purpose of Role:

To contribute to the overall strategic development of the Diocese and be the lead officer for educational policy and strategy. Promote the mission of the Diocese with and for children and young people in the Church of England schools/academies and higher education establishments of the Diocese.




Relevant Qualifications and Experience required:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Have a knowledge and understanding of current educational practice
  • Have experience of the work of Church of England schools/academies and a clear vision of their distinctive role
  • Be able to demonstrate appropriate team leading skills
  • Be able to work on his/her initiative, yet value and affirm the contributions and experience of colleagues
  • Have emotional intelligence and relational skills
  • Be an effective communicator in a wide variety of contexts, having the ability to use IT for research, communication and presentation
  • Work ecumenically where appropriate, and maintain good relationships and information exchange with other denominations and dioceses
  • Have the ability to formulate and manage the departmental budgets
  • Be willing to travel within the Diocese and occasionally further afield
  • This role has a Genuine Occupational Requirement under the Equality Act 2010 for the postholder to be a communicant member of the Anglican Church or of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

Join our great adventure

We seek to be a diocese where every Christian and every church has a compelling vision and plan for 'growing disciples, wider, younger and deeper'

Wider as we seek to find fresh ways to speak about Jesus and grow disciples among the 1.2m people living across the diocese who are not yet engaged in the worshipping life of a local church (98% of population)

Younger as we seek to grow disciples and develop leaders among new generations in a young diocese (Nottingham is the fourth youngest city in UK with over 50,000 students)

Deeper as we seek to grow disciples with a confident faith in Christ who are making a difference in every sphere of life, helping shape the culture and character of society.

Working in Southwell & Nottingham is an adventure and a challenge – the opportunities for mission are immense, the people are open and friendly and forward looking; there are also areas where the church is desperately needed to work with, and be a voice for, the poor and needy.

We are not just talking about growth, we are praying and acting in new and exciting ways to make it happen; we launched a Younger Leadership College in Autumn 2016 (http://youngerleadershipcollege.org/) with the aim of developing 1,000 younger leaders to servce in the Church and wider society.

A new resource church has opened in Nottingham in an abandoned auction house that sits on one of the main roads into the city centre; Trinity Church is now a growing, diverse congregation working with our existing churches to bring Good News to the city.

Other new ventures are planned in the rural centre of the county – work is now under way to start a new, distinctive church - market towns and former mining communities.

However, it is in the development of our core ministry in every parish that we recognise potential for the most significant further growth. We have a programme over the next seven years to equip 25 resource churches which will be beacons of growth, supporting other churches in training for discipleship and leadership; also helping to plant and graft 75 new worshipping communities.

And we are aiming to welcome 7,000 new disciples into the fellowship of Christ and his Church by 2023, people who have realised that there is nothing better anyone can do with their life than to become a follower of Jesus.


There’s a lot to discover in the fascinating county of Nottinghamshire: rolling farmland and quiet woods; a cosmopolitan city offering the best in entertainment; two first-class universities; world-leading design and technology companies; fine architecture – and Robin Hood.

Add to that it’s beautiful country parks, stately homes and sporting prowess – it’s home to Trent Bridge, the National Water Sports Centre, and Nottingham Forest  – and it’s easy to see why it is such a popular destination for tourists, students, shoppers and sports fans (and we haven’t even mentioned its literary heritage, the mighty River Trent so popular with rowers, sailors and anglers, and the modern tram network that whisks people around Greater Nottingham).

The Diocese incorporates the whole of Nottinghamshire and a small slice of South Yorkshire, and has a breadth of ministry that covers tough former mining communities and city estates, isolated hamlets and villages, and historic market towns.

Working for change

On any one day, people from our congregations will be feeding the hungry, finding shelter for the homeless, providing meals for the lonely, working with the elderly and supporting asylum seekers and refugees – in 2016 the Bishop’s Lent Appeal raised more than £12,000 to help refugees and asylum seekers.

We also support Nottinghamshire Rural Support, a charity that helps farmers and their families, and have pioneered work to reduce debt, including the launch of Lifesavers projects in primary schools, which encourage children to save and also teaches them about finance and budgeting.

We are active in protecting the environment through our Freedom of Creation group – many of our vicarages now have solar panels – and we have a group of Workplace Chaplains who work with employers large and small to support the wellbeing of employees.

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