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Church Schools Board Welcomes Landmark Rural Report

by Michael Ford last modified 01 Jul, 2015 10:58 AM

The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, which supports Church of England schools in most of Dorset, Wiltshire, and Poole, as well as one school in Devon and one in Hampshire, has warmly welcomed a landmark new report into small rural schools.

Canon Harold Stephens, Chair of the Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education, said:

“The Salisbury Diocesan Board of Education warmly welcomes the lead being given in the Working Together report by the National Society, the overarching body for Church of England schools. They have looked at proactive steps to safeguard the future of small rural schools.

“Small rural schools are a vibrant part of the education landscape. In this area, we look after 133 small schools in rural areas, which represents nearly 70% of church schools in the Diocese. Nationally, the Church of England is responsible for more than 50% of the 4146 small rural schools in England, so Church schools remain the backbone of rural education provision.

“We were pleased to see the report setting out the importance of small rural schools forming collaborations and partnerships with other schools, something we already strongly encourage in this Diocese. It was particularly pleasing to see the role of Multi Academy Trusts, like DSAT here in the Diocese of Salisbury, flagged up.

“We are interested in how the report looked at ground-breaking approaches to teaching in areas where most schools are small rural schools, like the Scottish Highlands and rural parts of Australia and New Zealand.

“This report will support the Diocesan Board of Education in our aim to be proactive and positive in exploring the solutions to the challenges these schools face and offer a toolkit for schools to use.”

In this report, ‘small schools’ are defined as those with less than 210 pupils.

The report is available here 
The Board of Education
The DSAT website

Further information
Contact Gerry Lynch, Director of Communications
01722 438652, 07799 900 610,

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