Head of Schools, Children and Youth

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£65000 - £70000

The Diocese of Blackburn is seeking to appoint a proactive, organised and skilled people person to lead this exciting area of work within the Board of Education.

You will assist in the leadership of the experienced team within the Board of Education as they work with children and young people in schools and churches throughout the diocese. You will also be responsible for the strategic support and management of schools, support of ministry with children and young people in churches, liaison with partner organisations and be a key person in the operational running of the Board of Education

  • To assist in the leading and managing of the work of the Diocesan Board of Education and undertake responsibilities for the Director in his absence.
  • To assist in the leadership and management of the staff of the Board of Education.
  • To assist in the provision of proactive, constructive and cost-effective support to all Church schools/academies in the diocese, including (but not limited to) regular liaison, assistance with the recruitment of headteachers, advice and governor support and assistance with legal and other regulatory matters where the interests of the Board and the Church are involved.
  • To assist in policy and development work for the Board in relation to Church schools/academies, its work in colleges, universities and parishes, and in relation to children and young people.
  • To encourage and support the development of church strategies at a local level for engagement with children and young people and for the relationship and involvement of local churches with Church schools/academies.
  • To facilitate and support the work of the Diocesan Board of Education, including the provision of policy papers, regular reports, budgets, management accounts and other financial information and for ensuring that the meetings of the Board and its sub committees are effectively serviced
  • To lead and manage staff within the Diocesan Board of Education.
  • To assist in monitoring the financial performance of the Board of Education and the effective management of the monies which flow through the accounts of the Board and for ensuring that the work of the Board is discharged in accordance with its annual budget.
  • Liaise with DBE Services and headteachers on all matters relating to school buildings.
  • Support governing boards on meeting their statutory obligations on admissions, appeals and other compliance matters.
  • Support governing boards through the legal implications of changes of structures of governance or a move to academy status.
  • Meet and liaise with local authorities to plan for future pupil place planning.
  • To act as the main contact for the National society for school related work.
  • To liaise with the EFSA and DFE as necessary to undertake the role.
  • To represent the DBE on Boards and Committees as required.
  • To represent the Diocesan Board of Education as necessary in relation to its dealings with other Dioceses, relevant local authorities, relevant national bodies and other bodies and organisations with which the Board of Education needs to relate.
  • To assist in the management of church school trusts and capital work through the SCA scheme and liaise with DBE Services on capital programmes.
  • Assist in the support and guidance of diocesan strategy on youth work and children’s work in parishes.
  • To undertake such other responsibilities as may reasonably be required by the Director of Education.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A passion for enhancing the experiences of children in churches and schools
  • Experience of working closely with the education sector
  • Clear understanding of national educational policy
  • Understanding of children’s and youth work in churches
  • An ability to work effectively with a variety of people and build strong relationships

The Diocese

The Diocese of Blackburn covers Lancashire (except for the areas in the east (Bradford) and in the south (Liverpool, Manchester) and a few parishes in Wigan, the Unitary Authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool. The population mix of the Diocese is predominately white but with a significant ethnic group of “Asian or Asian British”. The Diocese spans approximately 878 square miles with a mix of rural and urban areas. Further information about the Diocese can be found on the website www.blackburn.anglican.org

The Diocesan Board of Education

The Blackburn Education Department works under the strategic direction of the Diocesan Board of Education (DBE), which is a statutory body governed by the 2021 Measure. Board members are appointed or elected by the Diocesan Synod or co-opted to the Board, and voluntarily offer a wide range of professional expertise. They are committed to seeing the Church take a full and active part in education and also contribute to a small number of specialist committees and broader activities on behalf of the Board.

Scope of Work

The Board of Education has responsibility for work with children and young people from 0-23 years. A large part of the work involves support and service of Church of England schools and academies but also involves support of voluntary groups within parishes and deaneries and direct support for parishes themselves. Chaplaincies in schools, Further and Higher Education Institutions are also supported. The Board has a big digital presence and creates high quality resources to support the work with children, young people and schools.

Schools and Academies

Two hundred years ago, the Church of England pioneered education for all, building a network of church schools across the nation that served their local communities. While education has changed over the years, almost beyond recognition, the original vision is still held, and the Church of England retains a large investment in teaching and learning notably in this Diocese through 190 Schools and Academies. The Education team also works collaboratively with the Methodist Church in Lancashire in their 13 Schools.

Over 44,000 Children and Young people attend Church of England Schools/Academies across the four local authorities, meaning that around 25% of all primary aged children attend Church of England schools/academies in addition to the students who attend the 10 secondary schools/academies. The diocese has the highest proportion of Church Aided schools in the country which have helped to contribute to the distinctively Christian ethos of all our schools.

More than 1,400 people serve as Foundation Governors/Trustees in Church Schools/Academies and many more church members serve in Community Schools/Academies.

Full details of the role can be found in the attachments below.


Please do not apply via the pathways system please apply as described in the paragraph below.

Applications must be received by 12 noon on 16th September. Application forms, with covering letter no more than three sides of A4 describing what attracts you to this role, your experience and how it relates to the opportunities and challenges presented by this post, should be returned to Helen Morris, PA to the Director of Education either by post to Helen Morris, PA to the Director of Education, Clayton House, Walker Office Park, Blackburn BB1 2QE or by email helen.morris@blackburn.anglican.org

Please visit General vacancies | The Diocese of Blackburn (anglican.org) for an application form and further details.


These will take place on 27th September 2022 Further details regarding the selection process will be communicated at the time applicants are invited for interview. The appointment will be subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check.

Diversity - The Board of Education believes that diversity enables us to thrive and develop and is committed to race equality, welcoming applications from UK Minority Ethnic backgrounds

The Board of Finance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All post holders and volunteers are expected to share this commitment

Please do not apply via the pathways system please apply as described in the applications section above.