Diocese of Manchester

Children at St Mary's Moss Side awarded Best School

School Improvement

As part of the Service Level Agreement, the Board of Education is committed to helping schools to continually strengthen their leadership and management, and maintaining schools’ Christian distinctiveness. We do this through providing advice and training to headteachers, teaching staff, clergy and school governors.

The Department identifies schools causing concern in six ways: those placed in Ofsted categories of ‘Special Measures’ or ‘Serious Weaknesses’; those judged by Ofsted as ‘Requires Improvement’; those under DfE scrutiny; those ‘below floor standards’; those placed in local authority categories of concern; and those of direct concern to the diocese.

For more information, please contact Malcolm Finney, Assistant Director School Improvement and School Place Planning.

Service Level Agreement

The Service Level Agreement is published annually.

For more information on the content of the SLA, please contact Malcolm Finney.
For queries on invoices or the charging of the SLA, please contact Vaneeta Patel. 

Ofsted and SIAMS information

The Board of Education has a team of advisers to help headteachers and chairs of governors prepare for their Ofsted and SIAMs inspections (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).

For more information on the support available from the diocese, please contact Malcolm Finney.

School place planning

The Diocese of Manchester has one of the largest numbers of church schools of all the dioceses in England. During a period when misconceptions about church schools are often voiced and there is even aggressive opposition to them, the popularity of church schools in the diocese means that we have had to provide more school places to meet demand.

We have sustained or grown the proportion of church school places in each local authority. Further demographic growth is expected in the future.

For more information and advice on the growing and re-organisation of church schools, please contact Malcolm Finney (above).

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400