What are our vision and values as a LDBE?
The LDBE’s particular focus is to:
- promote an holistic, values-based education (founded on the teachings of Jesus Christ) that is both distinctive and inclusive;
- develop our schools that are rooted in their communities, celebrating diversity;
- honour the history and tradition of individual schools in their local contexts;
- work with and alongside converting schools, in order to develop strategies for change and improvement that are relevant and likely to work in a particular school’s context;
- build on strength; support the weak; assume that all members of the school community can be helped to achieve their best;
- work with partners to ensure that the curriculum and all aspects of school life and experience are appropriate to the needs of the school community;
- work with partners to ensure sustainable high standards and outcomes for all pupils, so that academies become beacons of good practice that are able to support other schools in turn that need help;
- build leadership capacity across schools and academy staff and pupils.
- The DBE has particular expertise in promoting the distinctive aspects of CE schools, including high quality collective worship and religious education (RE); the ‘distinctive Christian character’ of the school; community cohesion and working with other faith groups in an inclusive way; promoting the concept of Christian leadership and leaders; and supporting the development of schools in their communities.
- The DBE has strong links at the strategic level with Local Authorities, the DfE and the Church of England Board of Education, and is able to act as an advocate or champion for Church schools and academies.
- The DBE is able to act as a broker and conduit for the range of services that CE academies and maintained schools might wish to access.
- The Church has a particular vision of education as a life-changing experience. Whilst it accepts that schools must prepare their pupils and students for work, it also believes that schools must prepare young people for life. The Church believes that all people are made in the image of God, and therefore they have the capacity to grow towards full maturity as human beings, as God intends. Our philosophy of education is based on a Trinitarian theology:-
- God the Father (Creation): The establishment of a happy, harmonious and safe community based explicitly on Christian values. Defining/establishing boundaries and a clear moral framework in which children can flourish.
- God the Son (Incarnation/Redemption): Modelling Christian values: embodying the distinctive Christian character within the life of the school. Proclaiming God’s love for all humanity in the world. Welcoming all, including those from other religious traditions.
- God the Holy Spirit (Transformation): Enabling all children (and colleagues) to achieve their full potential. Changing lives. Building capacity.