What We Do

Our core aim and purpose is to ensure that the services and support we offer make a real difference in helping our schools improve the outcomes for the pupils in their care, delivered in the spirit of the Diocesan values of Loving Living Learning. Our areas of support include:

  • Christian Distinctiveness
  • Religious Education & Collective Worship
  • Statutory Inspection of Church of England & Methodist Schools (SIAMS)
  • School Improvement and Effectiveness
  • School Leadership, including Governance
  • Admissions
  • A wide range of other services and support

Enhanced Service Plan

The Enhanced Service Plan (ESP) is the name given to the service level agreement between the Diocese of Leeds Education Team and schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.

99% of the 237 schools and academies across our Diocese signed up for the Enhanced Service Plan in 2023/24. In addition, we are joined by an increasing number of community schools that value the high-quality support and challenge on offer. In addition to regular support, the plan offers access to a wide range of additional services, training and professional development.

Click on the brochure below to download the Enhanced Service Plan offer for primary and secondary schools and academies.


Training and Resources

All of our training and resources are available through our online learning platform, called ESP Online.

Just click here or below to explore what's on offer, sign up and create your own account.

Meet the team

The Diocesan Education Team has an excellent reputation for quality and robust support.

Each of our advisers has experience of being an effective headteacher and is a serving SIAMS inspector (or in training).

Simone Bennett

Interim Director of Education

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Darren Dudman

Interim Deputy Director of Education

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Paul Bowlas

School Adviser

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Trudi Garratt - Ward

School Adviser

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Ashleigh Lees

Secondary Adviser

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Helen Lever

School Adviser

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Rupert Madeley

School Adviser

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Lee Talbot

School Adviser

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Kevin Matthews

School Buildings Officer

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Helen Shelley

Education Team Business Manager

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Anne-Marie Sceats

Education Administrator

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Shakira Anderson

Education Administrator

Governance and Admissions

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