The Church of England has a long and successful history of involvement in education and schooling.  As a statutory provider of schooling, the Church of England has built a very strong and respected position in England and Wales.  

With reduced resources, out of necessity, much of the work of Local Authorities is focused on vulnerable schools and children. For some schools this has led to a sense of isolation and a lack of advocacy. The Trust enjoys productive links with Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire Local Authorities and has a systematic approach to foster networking, encouraging innovation to unleash potential. We will provide strong advocacy for all who seek to offer the very best for the pupils in their care.

In joining DGAT, the Trust will:

  • further strengthen an already established relationship with the Diocese and with the national network of Church schools and academy Trusts;
  • work with the Local Authority in facilitating effective working relationships;
  • liaise with the Department for Education and the Education Funding Agency on behalf of individual academies;
  • liaise directly with the National Society (who represent the interests of Church schools in negotiation with central government) in order to ensure that the Trust plays its part in shaping the Church's response to education policy.

"By the end of January 2014, there were 3,613 open academies in England. Nine per cent of all primary schools and 53 per cent of all secondary schools in England were open as academies."

Department for Education, “Open academy projects in development,” 11 February 2014.

Benefits for Participating Schools
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