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 2022 (came into effect 1 Sept 2022)

Diocesan Scheme of Delegation template

Nomination/Application Form for CMAT Trust Director (BDES Nov 2021)

Setting up an academies complaints procedure (DfE)

Trust Director Nomination/Application Form (Diocese of Brentwood revised September 2022)

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)

Foundation Governor Flyer (BDES 2022)

Governor Visits – Diocesan Model Policy

Model Induction Checklist (BDES) 2021

Trust Director Nomination/Application Form (Diocese of Brentwood revised September 2022)

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

Governor and Clerk Development

Clerks’ Annual Conference 2022 (Essex Clerks’ Association)

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

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

Skills Audit – Governing body annual self review

Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher Recruitment

Appointment of new Primary Headteacher / Head of School / Deputy Headteacher
Please contact  Maria Shepherd, Deputy Director of Education ([email protected])

Appointment of new Secondary Headteacher / Deputy Headteacher
Please contact Cathy McKenna, Secondary Link Adviser ([email protected])

Diocesan Guidance on Definition of Practicing Catholics for Reserved Posts (BDES)

Guidance on Recruitment of Staff for Governing Boards (CES revised Sept 2022)

Model Job Description (BDES)

Model Person Specification (BDES)

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

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

Professional Reference Request Letter and Form (Headteacher role)

Sample Advertisement – Headteacher (BDES)

Appointing Head of RE

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

Inspection of Catholic Life in Schools

Section 48 Checklist for Governors (BDES Jan 2022)

S48- Handbook for the Inspection of Catholic Schools (2018)

S48- Optional Parents/Carers Questionnaire (2018)

S48-Optional-Pupil-Questionnaire-2018

S48 Optional Staff Questionnaire 2018

S48 – Religious Education Self-Evaluation Form (BDES)

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

Catholic Ethos

Admissions Update – Schools not oversubscribed by Catholics (BDES March 2022)

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)

Directory for Prayer and Liturgy in Catholic Schools – draft for consultation until 28 Feb 2022 

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

Sixth Form Core Religious Education (CRE) 2022 – consultation document

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

Model Policy on Staff Wellbeing (BDES 2019)

Staff Wellbeing Resource Flyer (BDES and BCCS)

Staff Wellbeing Resource Presentation (BCCS)

Wellbeing of headteachers – questions for governors (BDES)

A-Z

Admissions Guidance 2021 (BDES 2021)

Advice on School Admissions Certificate of Catholic Practice Nov 2021 (BDES)

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

Collaboration Agreement template for maintained schools (BDES)

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

Guidance on Recruitment of Staff for Governing Boards (CES revised Sept 2022)

Handbook for New Chairs (BDES September 2021)

Jargon Buster  (BDES revised September 2022)

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

Instrument of Government – Model Template (maintained schools)

Learning to Love – An introduction to Catholic Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for Catholic Educators

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)

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

Ofsted Checklist for Governors (BDES 2022)

Permanent Exclusions – Checklist for Governors

Protocol for Virtual Meetings (2020)

Racism in Catholic Schools – Statement of Commitment (BDES Dec 2021)

Return to School September Governor Checklist

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

RSE – Model RSE Policy (Diocese of Brentwood)

Safeguarding Checklist for Governors (BDES June 2022)

Safeguarding A whole-school response to Everyone’s Invited (BDES June 2021)

Secondment Agreement – Guidance Document (BDES May 2020)

SEND Code of Practice – Chapter 6 

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

Teaching Personnel – Catholic Schools Recruitment Partnership

Trust Director Nomination/Application Form (Diocese of Brentwood revised September 2022)

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

Ways of Working Protocol (Sept 2022)