The Church of England Education Office serves children and adults in a variety of church and educational settings, including supporting more than 4,500 Church of England schools, and seeks to promote an education that allows children and young people to live out Jesus’ promise of life in all its fullness.
We believe this to be an education that enables every child to flourish in the widest sense – to grow in wisdom, to cultivate a wide-ranging knowledge that will help broaden life chances, to develop the spiritual, intellectual and emotional resources they need to live a good life and to develop the character to live well together in community.
We work in partnership with dioceses across England and Wales to support Church schools. Church schools have a Christian character and ethos, where the development of social, spiritual and emotional intelligence is as important as academic achievement. Church schools are not ‘faith schools’ for Christians, but are schools for people of all faiths and none, and are committed to serving the needs of their local communities.
Thinking Governance was designed and developed for the Church of England Education Office by Mark Craig, via his consultancy Question Mark.
Mark is one of the country’s most experienced strategic governance practitioners and commentators.
As well as Thinking Governance, Mark has also developed a unique resource for chairs of governors titled The RIGHT Programme, which he customises for clients, with large dioceses being amongst those using his programme to develop their chairs of governors.
Mark directed the development of the country’s first ‘mixed MAT’, chaired one of Oxfordshire’s biggest LA secondary schools to ‘outstanding’ and has chaired IEBs and Executive Committee models. He is a highly-experienced reviewer of governance for both schools and multi-academy trusts.
He is a consultant adviser in governance to several organisations in differing sectors (including education, engineering and law), and is Chair of the Board of the Archbishop of Canterbury‘s Faculty Office.
Mark is an internationally-certified facilitator of the amazing LEGO® Serious Play® strategy and vision-setting methodology.
He is an experienced conference speaker and is also Director of Communications for a large international charity.