Development, Training and Support

For details follow these links:

Summer Programme 2021

For more information please contact:

Donna Finlay
01865 208272

Alternatively you may get in touch with your Link Adviser


The Oxford Diocesan Board of Education vision for education is founded on flourishing. We aim to walk alongside you as you develop your school’s effectiveness and live out your vision of service to  families, staff and community. This Development, Training and Support offer enhances our S4S (Services for Schools) service level agreement which heavily subsidises the courses and networks we run.

The programme is grouped into four areas:

  • DTS for schools – CPD to support work in schools, including SIAMS
  • DTS Leadership – for serving headteachers and aspirant leaders at all levels
  • DTS Leadership: Governance – including an online introduction to our new three module governance programme
  • DTS Essentials – a series of shorter overviews of key areas for church schools for staff, leaders and governors

Following the challenges of 2020, the ODBE team has increased the use of virtual means of contact and  we have taken the decision  deliver the DTS programme almost entirely virtually. All our bookings are through ‘Eventbrite’ using the live links for each course or event. Where an event has a link to Teams or Zoom, please do not share this with others so that we can manage the numbers logging in and ensure that we have the correct details for payment. These new ways of working will continue into the longer term, both as we move into the post-pandemic world and respond to the climate emergency, which remains a major challenge for us all., We hope to be running face to face opportunities from summer 2021.
A date for your diary is the Annual Service to be held at Dorchester Abbey on 1st July 2021.

The DTS Leadership: Governance programme replaces EiG, but contains the same themes and content within three longer sessions. These will be introduced virtually in the coming year; the intention being that each module becomes a network event for governing boards who wish to complete the series from September 2021.

DTS Essentials introduce staff, leaders and governors to key aspects of a church school and may prove particularly useful to those new to a church school.

As well as the central dates offered here, advisers can provide Essentials for your school using S4S credit in: Vision, Church Schools in Modern Britain, Worship, Spirituality, SIAMS, RE, Chaplaincy, and Church School Relationships. Please speak to your Link Adviser to arrange this.

Please note when booking the majority of the training is costed as ‘per school’ – with up to three attendees.

As ever, in the case of DTS queries, please contact Donna Finlay or your Link Adviser who will do their best to help you.