DfE release memoranda of understanding for church schools and academies
April 25, 2016
The Department for Education (DfE) published their memoranda of understanding between it and the Church of England and Catholic Church. At the heart of the memoranda, is the commitment of the DfE to ensure that the religious character and ethos of such faith schools are secured in relation to intervention, academy conversion and sponsorship.
All Church of England and Catholic Church schools should familiarise themselves with the relevant memoranda, particularly with respect to making any decisions regarding academy conversion, forming or joining a multi-academy trust (MAT), or becoming a sponsor. However, such documents should not be solely relied on and any such schools will need to consult with their own dioceses.
Also included is a link to the Schools week site, which includes some initial comment on the differences between the two documents.