We will be continually adding to this section to help you find those key Diocesan and good practice documents quickly and easily

Academies and CMATS

Academy Trust Handbook 2021 (comes into effect 1 Sept 2021)

Diocesan Scheme of Delegation template

Voluntary-Aided Schools Converting to Academy Status – frequently asked questions

Governor Recruitment

Disclosure Form for newly appointed/reappointed foundation governors

Foundation Governor Application Form 2018 (Diocese of Brentwood)

Governor Visits – Diocesan Model Policy

Model Induction Checklist (BDES) 2021

CES Governance Statement for Catholic Schools (Maintained school and academy versions)

Governor and Clerk Development

Clerks’ Annual Conference 2022 (Essex Clerks’ Association)

Diocesan Governing Body Development Programme 2021/22

Governance and SEND – Responsibilities and Accountabilities (presentation by Dr Adam Boddison 2021)

The importance of Racial Justice for our schools (23 November 2021)

School Admissions Training Flyer  (October 2021)

Skills Audit – Governing body annual self review

Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher Recruitment

Parish Priest Reference Proforma (Request for faith and character reference -Headteacher)

Parish Priest Reference Proforma (Request for faith and character reference -Deputy Headteacher)

Catholic Ethos

CES – Model Admission Arrangements

CES Guidance – 2021 School Admissions Code

CES – Model Supplementary Information Form (Admissions)

Diocesan protocols for VA schools and academies in DOB June 2021 Final (BDES June 2021)

Evaluating the Distinctive Nature of a Catholic School (BDES 2019)

Governance of a Catholic School – clarification of roles and responsibilities (CES 2014)

Letter from Bishop Alan for Education Sunday 2021

S48 Inspection Handbook (2018)

S48- Optional Parents/Carers Questionnaire (2018)

The National Framework for the Inspection of Catholic Schools, Academies and Colleges – Evaluation Schedule and Grade Descriptors (mandatory from Sept 2022)


Admissions Guidance 2021 (BDES 2021)

Careers Guidance e-pack for schools (2019)

CES Model Codes of Conduct for Governors and Directors

CES Guidance on RE, Collective Worship and Celebration of Mass in Schools during COVID-19 (Sept 2020)

CES Guidance on School Exclusions during Coronavirus (June 2020)

Checklist -What maintained primary schools must publish online

Checklist -What maintained secondary schools must publish online

COVID-19: full opening of schools from March Risk Assessment and Action Plan

Diocesan Scheme of Delegation template

EEF Guide to the Pupil Premium

Governor Visits (BDES 2019)

Grievance Policy 2019/20 – Outline of Changes

Handbook for New Chairs (BDES September 2021)

Jargon Buster  (BDES revised Sept 2021)

Instrument of Government – Guidance for maintained schools on changing the Instrument of Government

Instrument of Government – Model Template (maintained schools)

Mission Statement Review – setting and reviewing the school’s mission statement (2016)

Model Governance Statements for Catholic schools (CES)

Model Catholic Primary RSE curriculum (CES autumn 2019)

Model Catholic Secondary RSE curriculum (CES autumn 2019)

Model Policy on Staff Wellbeing (Diocese of Brentwood 2019)

Monitoring Remotely – Guidance for governing bodies during the COVID-19 pandemic (2020)

Protocol for Virtual Meetings (2020)

Return to School September Governor Checklist

RSE – A Governor Audit for Monitoring RSE (CES 2020)

RSE – Model RSE Policy (Diocese of Brentwood)

Safeguarding A whole-school response to Everyone’s Invited (Diocese of Brentwood June 2021)

Single Central Record (SCR) – Monitoring Checklist (2019)

Succession Breeds Success 2017 (NCOGS 2017)

Teaching Personnel – Catholic Schools Recruitment Partnership

Understanding your Data – a guide for school governors and academy trustees (ESFA March 2019)

Wellbeing of headteachers – questions for governo