Education secretary Michael Gove has called on the Church of England to extend its role in the learning process by establishing a new generation of academies.
The education the Church currently provides ought to be "cherished", according to the Conservative Party minister.
"We praise and cherish the role of the Church of England in making sure children have an outstanding and inclusive education," Mr Gove told people in education jobs
His comments come shortly after a review into the Church's approach and influence in education was conducted by the Bishop of Oxford.
The education secretary added: "I welcome the report and look forward to working with Bishop John Pritchard to extend the role of the Church in the provision of schools."
Late last year, Mr Gove gave his public backing to plans to deliver a copy of the King James bible to every schoolchild in the country.
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