Education Team and Board of Education


Education Team

Liz Townend
Director of Education
Liz has wide experience of working with a range of schools, starting out as a teacher and senior leader in primary schools in England and abroad, before working with an LA in school improvement and professional development. She was an Ofsted inspector and NCTL trainer.

As the Director of Education for the Bristol Church of England Diocese, Liz supports all CE schools in the diocese through many roles including developing leadership, safeguarding, academisation and the promotion of church school vision, helping schools to become places where children and staff experience life in all its fullness.

Katy Staples
School Adviser (Christian Distinctiveness, Collective Worship & RE)
Katy Staples is the Schools Adviser for Bristol Diocese. She supports and advises schools in the diocese in Christian Distinctiveness, Collective Worship and RE. She is the SIAMS manager and supports and advices schools in preparing for their section 48 inspections.

She is author of Valuing All God's Children, a guidance document for Anglican schools for countering homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Katy is writing National CEEO guidance on Relationships and Sex Education she is currently updating materials for Church Schools to support relationships and sex education called Love and Sex Matters.

Clare Stansfield
School Adviser (Governance and Admissions)
Clare is the Schools Officer supporting Governor Development and Admissions for all schools in the Diocese of Bristol, having previously worked for a number of local schools and, prior to that, at the University of the West of England.

Her work is varied, and includes: advising and training Academy Trusts, governors and clerks on best practice and procedure in governance; acting as Company Secretary for the Diocese of Bristol Academies Company (the Diocesan Umbrella Trust); overseeing the appointment and training of foundation governors for church schools in the Diocese; monitoring and advising on school admissions policies and procedures; and investigating technical queries for the Education Team.

Adam Robertson
School Adviser
Adam is a Schools Adviser for Bristol Diocese and a class teacher at Horfield CE Primary in Bristol. In addition he is a qualified SIAMS inspector. Adams role is to support schools in preparing for SIAMS inspections, to advise on developing Christian distinctiveness in schools, and to offer training and support to schools to improve RE and spiritual development.

As a serving teacher, and member of NATRE (National Association of Teachers of RE) executive, Adam has a passion for bringing high quality RE to life in the classroom, and developing spirituality throughout the curriculum.

Ali Driver
Education Team Coordinator
Ali joined the Education Team in 2016 with long standing experience within the education team of the diocese of Liverpool, in partnership with Chester, Manchester, Carlisle and Blackburn. She administered the SIAMs process for 500 schools and a Christian leadership course across the dioceses.

As Education Coordinator for all schools in the Bristol diocese, her skills are well used to benefit DBAT, as she communicates with officers and schools so that all training and project work is well resourced, updated and organised. The Church School Partnership award has taken off under her management and she is currently coordinating the Engaging Younger Generations project, which brings together mentors, volunteers and young people from our churches and schools.

Elaine Jones
Education Administrator
Elaine has supported Church and School Education for many years as Parish Officer for her local Church, a governor for her local school and various temporary roles in the Diocesan Office.

Now, as the DBE's 0.2p/t Administrator, Elaine works closely with the Education and Finance Teams in the Diocese providing business support, data management and administration.

Diocese of Bristol Diocesan Board of Education

Members of the DBE work as a statutory body as part of the governance of the Diocese to support and challenge schools and promote high quality education across the diocese. They work closely with the DDE, Education team and oversee the monitoring and review role of the Diocese of Bristol Academies Company which works with all academies. One of their key roles is to work alongside schools to in developing a Schools Capacity strategy to ensure sustainability for all schools, growth through new schools and increased pupil numbers, and partnerships to avoid failure or isolation, for example through rurality or small size.

Members represent as wide a mix as possible of people who want to see children and young people flourish across the diocese, and include a Bishop, Archdeacon, vicars in parishes, ex and current headteachers, parish workers, those from church congregations, diocesan synod members and those with expertise ineducation and other very useful fields of work.

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