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New Diocesan Director of Education appointed for Llandaff Diocese

An experienced education consultant has been appointed as the new Diocesan Director of Education (DDE) for the Diocese of Llandaff.

Andrew Rickett, who is currently Lead Diocesan Board of Education Consultant for the Diocese of Salisbury, will take up his appointment at the beginning of January.

Announcing his appointment, the Bishop of Llandaff, June Osborne, said, “Andrew has extensive experience at a senior level in educational management and administration. I very much look forward to welcoming him to the diocese and working alongside him to develop our vision for Education in Llandaff.”

Andrew, who is looking forward to taking up his new post, said he believed that a school’s Christian character should have relevance for young people in supporting their mental health, well being and overall personal spiritual development as well as enabling each young person to do well academically.

“There is a need to look again and explore beyond our current emphasis on Christian values. We need to challenge schools to think for themselves and develop an approach to improvement as church schools and encourage and support them to be innovative and aspirational with children firmly at the centre.”

“It is also crucial that schools themselves regard close liaison with the diocese as a critical part of their improvement journey.”

In addition to his role for the Diocese of Salisbury, Andrew is also an experienced inspector for Ofsted and for SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools).  He is the lead inspector for the School Inspection Service (SIS), which provides inspections for schools with a designated religious character.

He currently supports a number of dioceses as a consultant, training and working with diocesan and school leaders in church school distinctiveness, RE, collective worship, spirituality and effecting school improvement. As a member of the Religious Education Council for England and Wales he has contributed to the consultation being undertaken by the Commission on Religious Education (CoRE).

Andrew has recently moved to the Welsh borders with his wife, Sarah. Apart from renovating their new home, they are able to take full advantage of the opportunities for walking and to follow their passion for gardening. Andrew and Sarah are keen musicians and are looking forward to contributing to the musical life of their new home.