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Diocesan Education Leaders Programme


The Diocesan Education Leaders Programme is designed to support DDEs and aspiring DDEs in their leadership development and spiritual formation. The Church of England’s vision for education is deeply Christian, with Jesus’ promise of ‘life in all its fullness’ at its heart. With a breadth and depth of leadership experience across the network, this programme will provide a forum for colleagues to distil and share their wisdom in a manner which is open to discussion and development.

Aims & Objectives

This programme will bring DDEs and aspiring DDEs together to learn from experts, learn from each other, and together leave a legacy of shared best practice through:

  • Locating their role and practice as an expression of the Church of England’s vision for education and also as an expression of God’s work
  • Nurturing both their personal and spiritual formation
  • Reflecting on concepts, practices, and tools which enable effective leadership
  • Contributing to the research and development of shared best practice among and across the DDE network

This programme will be equally relevant for aspirant, newly-appointed and longstanding DDEs, each of whom will bring different levels of experience in relation to management, leadership, education and theological understanding. The programme is primarily open to current Directors of Education, Deputy DDEs and others seen as having the potential to move into these roles. All applicants will have obtained the endorsement of the Diocesan Board of Education and/or their Bishop.

Apply to join the Diocesan Education Leaders Programme.

If you are a Chair of a Diocesan Board of Education, endorse a participant.

Applications for Cohort 2 will remain open until January 2019.

For further information please download the programme overview below, or contact cefel@churchofengland.org with all other enquiries.