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CECET responds to White Paper proposals

Posted by cecadminet837 on May 6, 2016

All Schools to convert to an Academy. How can CECET help?

ALL SCHOOLS, including church schools, will be required to become academies within six years, if the Government’s plans for education, set out in a new education White Paper, are realised.

To provide support and guidance CECET are hosting a series of roadshows across the Diocese for Headteachers and Chair of Governors. Representatives from the Department for Education are hoping to join us, where possible, at these events.

For the Church of England, the White Paper underlines the importance of the forthcoming Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government, in relation to its position as a significant provider of schools. Church negotiators will be looking for robust safeguards on distinctiveness and other critical issues — not least that of safeguarding trustee-held church land. Under their plans, the Government would not take possession of trustee-owned church school sites, but any fresh regulations would be scrutinised minutely.

The White Paper also shines a light on the future of governing bodies, making it clear that weaker bodies will be disbanded, while successful ones will be asked to take on more schools. Governing bodies will no longer have to include a parent; the emphasis will be on those with professional managerial and financial skills.

CECET’s initial advice is not to panic as decisions do not need to be made immediately about academisation. However, it is wise to consider the options available so that informed decisions are made for the future of your school and community. For booking and more information refer to

All roadshows will be from 4pm to 5.30 pm.



Monday,   June 20th


The Kings CE Secondary School


Tuesday,   June 21st


St Michael’s CE Primary School


Monday,   June 27th


St Peter’s Academy


Thursday,   June 30th


Thomas Alleynes High School


Thursday,   July 7th


Oakmeadow CE Primary and Nursery School


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