According to Rob Gwynne, the CofE's head of school strategy, this is to make the process easier for parents to understand. But the suggestion that the faith status of a school should be wrapped up in academy conversion - which already has clear political backing from Whitehall - and need not be separately debated will raise obvious concerns with those opposed to the Church expanding its influence.
"The steps we are taking (with the review) will ensure that the family of church schools will continue to exist and retain their distinctiveness," says Dr Gwynne. "The other part of it is that there is an evident interest from non-church schools in becoming part of the church school family.
"What we do see year on year is a number of community schools that want to take on Church designation. It's of their own volition, not because of marketing or pushing on our part. In the new equation, a lot of schools are looking for a safe haven and the diocese is often seen as that."
It is expected that the new extended family of schools linked to their dioceses will include significant numbers of primary schools, which may struggle to generate the economies of scale to operate on their own.
"The authority has been the umbilical cord that has supported them and enabled them to get on with their work," says Dr Gwynne. "If local authorities continue to decline in influence and capacity, then you are suddenly left wondering, `Who am I going to turn to?'
"If there is - as is the case with our diocesan boards of education - a significant infrastructure that you might have something in common with, then it's an obvious place to go looking."
The review - which is being carried out by Dr Priscilla Chadwick, who was the first female chairman of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference group of major independent schools - will also look at how the Church can extend its involvement in free schools and even vocationally focused university technical colleges.
While it is not a business, the CofE knows the importance of market share in education, especially when its influence in other areas of public life is at risk.
Recent history suggests that it would be a mistake to consider Dr Chadwick's review as merely paying lip service to the reshaping of the school system. The Church knows the changes are too significant to ignore - a point made clear by the dropping of its opposition to outstanding schools being allowed to become academies when that became the politically prudent course of action.
The CofE had supported the original academies policy, aimed at improving educational chances of pupils in the most disadvantaged parts of the country, and is currently sponsoring 45 of the schools. But when the Coalition wanted high-performing schools to join the programme, the CofE - along with the Catholic Church - objected.
This was partly to do with moral concerns about a policy they feared could entrench disadvantage in certain areas, but it was also because of the risks to diocesan influence over schools given new independence. As soon as a deal was done that guaranteed existing diocesan power - and when faced with the sheer number of schools taking up the Government offer to convert - the Church opposition was abandoned.
As one senior cleric admits, it was an example of political pragmatism trumping genuine fears about the potential impact of the Government's programme. Already, around 100 high-performing CofE schools have switched to academy status, and the Church is now focusing its battles with the Government on other areas, such as the exclusion of RE from the controversial English Baccalaureate.
The academy programme has been a major success for the Church in growing its educational mission, but it was already in an expansionist mood when the policy came along. In 2001, the Dearing report, commissioned by the Church, examined how its schools should be developed in the new millennium. It fully acknowledged that education was of "central importance" to the mission of the Church and even its long-term future.
Significantly, Lord Dearing called for the creation of secondary school places equivalent to 100 new schools.
More than 70 new schools were created before the academy programme launched, meaning that the overall number of new schools now totals more than 100 in just 10 years. When the Church sets its mind on expanding its reach in education, its ability to deliver should not be in doubt.
The fallout from the Occupy London protest at St Paul's Cathedral gave the Church some of its worst headlines in years, painting a picture of an organisation that is out of touch and indecisive. But the Dearing report and the rapid response to the academy revolution show how far that is from the case with education.
According to Dr Gwynne, the dioceses are already working to build capacity so they are able to meet the new challenges. And while staff at the CofE headquarters in Church House, a stone's throw from Westminster Abbey, will draw up what the broad response to Government education policy should be, it will be down to the 43 local dioceses to decide how to enact it.
In Kent, the Canterbury diocese has been working on establishing formal collaborative relationships between different types of schools - faith and secular - since the summer. In part this will be pooling buying power to get cheaper deals, but it will also involve sharing good teaching practice and continuing professional development training. Reverend Nigel Genders, the director of education, insists that it will be down to the schools involved whether they want to involve the Church, but that it would be natural for the diocese to want a "seat at the table".
The diocese has already held a series of meetings to discuss the idea further, involving heads and governors from faith and non-faith schools. It is keen to emphasise that this should not be read as the Church trying to "colonise" other schools. But regardless of the reassurances that it is not interested in a land-grab, the diocese is keen to expand its reach and does not see why it should lose out to the competition from other chain sponsors to run academies.
The diocese is currently working on a groundbreaking set of plans that would allow it to sponsor community schools that are becoming academies without them becoming designated faith schools - a model that does not presently exist.
"We would see that part of our future is being able to offer that kind of provision and support to community schools if they desire it, particularly where the Department for Education is forcing the academy model on schools," says Reverend Genders. "We could be a sponsor just as (the) Harris (Federation) or others might be able to.
"We are already hearing from schools who are interested and who think we would be a good and useful partner. Schools locally are saying we see what you are doing and we are very keen to be part of that."
In York, the diocese has launched a pilot scheme that has already led to two non-church schools entering into a formal affiliation. Canon Dr Ann Lees, director of education, says these were schools that did not want to become faith schools, but wanted access to greater support.
Similar to Canterbury, the diocese is looking to expand its affiliation scheme, especially as more schools work in clusters. "It is something we are actively looking to develop as we feel there will be a need for it," says Dr Lees. "As we look at how the education world is changing, we need to be ready to respond, be more flexible and expand provision where it is needed."
The diocese is also looking at how it can sponsor more academies, especially community schools that might want to become faith schools. Like Reverend Genders, Dr Lees is aware that this could look like "empire building" - she insists it is not. "It is an opportunity for the Church to adapt to new challenges and focus on serving the needs of young people," she says. "We are in a period of substantial change and need to look at how our mission plays out in new circumstances."
Undoubtedly, some dioceses will be more entrepreneurial in their approach to the changes in education than others, and will be more proactive in trying to expand their work.
The Government wants a more diverse range of providers to run schools and, following in Labour's footsteps, has supported the expansion of faith- based education. It lifted a ban on Christian charity United Learning Trust running more academies; has overseen the growth of Oasis Academies, led by Baptist minister Steve Chalke; and approved the opening of 11 free schools with a religious or spiritual ethos in September.
Before these changes were brought in, the CofE, along with the Catholic Church, was squarely in the position of being the only game in town when it came to alternative providers. Now they know there is competition and that they will have to fight their corner.
At the moment, the Catholic Church does not have plans to evolve in the same way as the CofE. Maeve McCormack, policy and briefing manager at the Catholic Education Service, says that it may happen in the future, but not yet. "We would not rule it out, but we will wait and see what happens with the Church of England and take it from there," she says.
The education secretary is looking for hard-edged accountability from whoever is running schools. If the CofE is to exploit its position and grow its influence, it will need to prove it can deliver. The history of Church provision - and the fact that it already educates around one million children - will carry it some considerable distance.
That said, the role of dioceses has previously been more to do with overseeing ethos and mission than standards. "If that isn't going to be the case going forward, the Government needs to be convinced that the Church can do the job," says Dr Gwynne. "We are working out how to go with that grain of Government policy, but also assert what is ours. There is a great deal of detailed work going on. There is a big game in play."
The CofE's critics attack it on two fronts: the fact that it is given such a prominent role in education in an increasingly secular country, and how much the success of its schools is down to an admissions policy skewed towards awarding places to middle-class pupils.
Terry Sanderson, director of the National Secular Society, says that while the Church may talk of wanting to improve schools, there is a clear ulterior motive.
"The Church is ambitious to influence the whole education system," he says. "Education has become the raison d'etre for the Church of England as fewer and fewer people are bothered about their primary purpose any more. There is no doubt that there is evangelising in schools in an attempt to create new Christians."
Jonathan Bartley, co-director of think-tank Ekklesia, which examines the role of religion in public life, says the Church is unwilling to face up to problems regarding school admissions.
"Schools are claiming to be inclusive, but are taking way below the national average when it comes to children who are vulnerable, have special educational needs and are from deprived backgrounds," he says. "The Church already runs a significant number of schools and is clearly failing in some respects. It might want to move into other areas, but I don't know if it has the track record to show it will be a success. Its results are down to a form of selection."
Regardless of these concerns, the Church is set for an ever more powerful role in state education, an idea that has already won support from Michael Gove. "I don't think we should interpret what's happening as some kind of clerical takeover," Mr Gove told TES. "It's not like the dissolution of the monasteries being reversed with our children's education being placed in the hands of monks and abbots. The truth is that CofE schools are generally popular and the direction of travel we want to go is to give more responsibility to schools that have proven successful."
So, the ball is in the CofE's court. According to Mr Yarrow at Chelsea Academy, the Church must be wary of affiliating with all-comers. There is a brand to protect that is in danger of being watered down should the tenets of the faith be replaced with a more general focus on community, charity and volunteering. "CofE schools don't have the monopoly on those," says Mr Yarrow. But the Church must still grasp the opportunity to promote the faith through education and expand its influence where it can.
"The Church has to relate to contemporary society," he says. "It might be presenting some very traditional and timeless beliefs and values, but if it doesn't meet people where they are at, it is unlikely to be highly effective.
"The secular and humanist argument against us will fall on deaf ears because the market says, `We want more Church schools'."
UNDER THE INFLUENCE
1m - Children attending CofE schools
15m - People alive today who attended a CofE school
25% of all primary and middle schools are CofE
6% of all secondary schools are CofE
22% of all independent schools declare themselves to be CofE
Source: Church of England
OPEN AND SHUT
Faith schools have long been accused of enjoying exam success and good reputations because of skewed admissions that favour middle-class parents.
At the moment only around half the CofE's schools control their own admissions, with the other half bound by their local council's admissions rules.
The Bishop of Oxford, John Pritchard, chair of the Church's national board of education, has predicted that 70 per cent of CofE schools will become academies in the next five years, giving schools more power over who they admit.
But Bishop Pritchard has called on schools to cut the number of places they reserve for followers of the faith, suggesting a cap of 10 per cent.