Transforming learning, transforming lives and transforming the church community


The CECET Alliance

CECET is an alliance between three major education providers - two Dioceses and a University – embracing 265 schools and academies.

Diocese of Birmingham

Diocese of Birmingham

The Church of England in Birmingham is very proud to be entering into a school improvement partnership with the Church of England in Lichfield and the University of Wolverhampton.

We believe this partnership will support the raising of achievement and the building of life chances for all children and young people in our respective dioceses. CECET offers us the unique opportunity to share best practice among schools across the West Midlands, engage with the latest educational research and development through the University of Wolverhampton, but above all will enable us to work collaboratively in building community aspirations and developing excellence in school performance across both our dioceses.

The shared values and commitment of all CECET partners to ensure excellence in school provision reflects the long tradition of the Church of England as a provider of quality school places. Our vision is that through working in partnership, CECET will create strong school networks across the West Midlands and provide system leadership that is built on the key principles of social justice and inclusion through consistent church school provision where all are welcomed, valued and affirmed as children of God whatever their individual backgrounds or heritage and where all flourish.

Diocese of Lichfield

Diocese of Lichfield

The Diocese of Lichfield is committed to this unique and forward thinking partnership with Birmingham Diocese and the University, which creates one of the largest groupings of schools and academies in the UK.

Our vision is to ensure that all children and young people in our schools achieve their full potential, and are able to experience the richness of the Church's tradition in education. Our aspiration is to ensure that all our schools are at least "Good" schools as judged by both Ofsted and the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS). CECET will build capacity at every level, enabling school leaders, governors and staff to benefit from the combined experience and expertise of the three strategic partners. CECET also facilitates the development of academies, whether as stand-alone or multi academy trusts, and provides a robust framework for challenge and support.

University of Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton University

The University of Wolverhampton is delighted to be working with CECET as a strategic partner to support the wider educational needs of staff and pupils in schools and academies within the Diocese.

This is an extremely exciting opportunity to work together to develop a range of accredited CPD opportunities which will enhance and develop both teacher¹s skills and experiences and also a career pathway to plan their future development.

The partnership is preparing a range CPD opportunities, both in house and external, which will meet the needs of all teachers from NQT to Senior Leadership. The programme will aim to offer a range of aspects and experiences in schools, enhanced with external CPD provision from the University of Wolverhampton and other external providers.

This programme will be mapped to ensure appropriate opportunities are available to staff which meet their specific needs at their particular point on the career pathway. We look forward to working with the dioceses, governors and Headteachers in developing an outstanding CPD programme.

We will also work with other CECET staff to ensure that a climate of continuous improvement pervades throughout our schools. The considerable experience of the University and the teams within the Institute of Education and our academy support unit, Education Central, will enhance other resources which CCET will utilise. Individual subject support can be provided as well as whole school improvement programmes and strategies.

The University's expertise and track record in teacher training should also be of assistance, both in terms of the recruitment requirements of CCET schools and the future coordination of Schools Direct programmes.

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