Our Courses

Our Learning and Development Programme is carefully designed to support school leaders and educators in many areas of school life.

Every academic year, the Education Team offer a wide range of training relevant to head teachers, subject leaders, teaching staff and governors working in schools across the Diocese.

The training and events on offer are carefully designed to support many areas of school life including school improvement, Christian distinctiveness, Governance and SIAMS preparation.

For 2023/24, we are offering our virtual and in person courses free of charge. Some courses are very popular and fill up fast – do book early to avoid disappointment. Additional training and support will be offered throughout the year so please subscribe to our Schools Bulletin for notifications of additional courses.


Virtual Courses

We are delighted to offer a number of our courses in a virtual environment, reducing travel time, and providing access to key information in a timely manner. To ensure the best experience we ask all delegates to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Mute your microphone when not speaking
  • Where possible please keep your camera on to ensure you can engage fully with the trainer
  • Interact with activities such as break out rooms, chat content etc.

Cancellations

For in-person courses, where there may be a limit on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to charge a fee for no-shows.


Course Material

We are unable to share course material post the event.

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Career Development
Leadership

Headteachers Induction

Calendar | 7 March 2024 | 2 May 2024 | 4 July 2024

This series of online sessions gives new Church of England headteachers and heads of school an opportunity to learn the unique nature of CofE schools. Learning how the diocese can support them, with introductions to key diocesan members of staff. The series of meetings will end with a face-to-face gathering in Chelmsford in the summer term.

SIAMS

Developing Courageous Advocacy Network

Calendar | 24 April 2024 | 2 July 2024

Working with Christian Aid, we are delighted to offer a bespoke package of support for schools in the Chelmsford Diocese wishing to develop their work on Courageous Advocacy by exploring accreditation for the Global Neighbours Scheme.  

There will be a series of 6 sessions in total. (the first session was held on 6 June 2023) 

Leadership
SIAMS

SIAMS - Courageous Advocacy - Political Neutrality and Agents of Change

Calendar19 September 2024

This one-hour online course aims to help school leaders and governors to understand what SIAMS means by courageous advocacy and how to deliver it in a politically impartial manner. The increasingly popular ‘Agents for Change’ programme will be presented as an example of good practice.

Occasions
Leadership

Welcoming Service for New Headteachers and Head of School

Calendar3 October 2024

Governance

Safeguarding For All Governors

Calendar3 October 2024

Leadership
RE

An overview to understanding Christianity ( only schs with resource purchased)

Calendar8 October 2024

This course for those working in schools that have previously purchased the resource ‘Understanding Christianity’ will provide an overview of key messages, and ways to incorporate within your current curriculum design

Governance
SIAMS

SIAMS Workshop

Calendar10 October 2024 | 30 January 2025 | 8 May 2025

These workshops will help school leaders and governors to prepare for a SIAMS inspection.

Collective Worship
Leadership

New to Leading Collective Worship

Calendar15 October 2024

New to Collective Worship Leadership 

This session reflects on the legal requirements of your role; ideas to consider in long term planning Of Collective Worship and signposting to great resources to support your practice.  

 

Leadership
RE

Incarnation

Calendar22 October 2024

This course provides an opportunity to develop subject knowledge, engage with a variety of resources, and have a clear understanding of expectations of understanding within each year group / key stage. 

RE

New to Leading RE

Calendar5 November 2024

This course will provide recently appointed RE Subject Leaders an overview of the place of Religious Education in Chelmsford Diocesan Schools including an introduction to the current Church of England’s Statement of Entitlement for Religious Education.

Leadership
RE

Salvation

Calendar12 November 2024

This course open to ALL schools explores the concept of Salvation with reference to a variety of resources, while ensuring clear progression of learning.

Leadership
RE
SIAMS

Assessment in Religious Education

Calendar18 November 2024

Current knowledge and understanding of assessment, linked directly to the RE curriculum delivered in your school will enable all to evaluate the impact and plan next steps.

This course will provide advice on methods of formative and summative assessment, ways to adapt to your context, and examples of the variety of practice across our Diocese.

Governance

Clergy and Governance

Calendar13 November 2024 | 20 November 2024 | 27 November 2024

Governance

Governors and Safeguarding As Mission

Calendar3 October 2024 | 15 January 2025

Governors need to access safeguarding training but how and why does that fit within the church school setting. This reflective session will provide the theological and practical basis for why schools must create and safeguard governors, staff and children.  The Grove Book ‘Safeguarding as Mission’, its 10 learning points and some biblical text will provide a source of help and information. 

Career Development
RE

Early Careers Teachers - Working in a Church School

Calendar21 January 2025

This event is a face-to-face meeting, which provides an encouraging space to meet with other ECTs and to learn more about working in our Church schools.

Leadership

Growing Future Leaders - Pupil Summit - Windrush and other Journeys

Calendar4 February 2025

We invite schools from across the Diocese bring 2 pupils along to Chelmsford Cathedral - to discover more about the Windrush generation and their life stories - hearing first hand from Windrush generation speakers - and exploring through storytelling, poetry and music, with time for reflection and celebration of Caribbean culture.

Governance

Governors Monitoring

Calendar5 December 2024 | 26 February 2025 | 3 June 2025

Learn how to monitor against the School Development Plan as a governor including a focus on Collective Worship, Religious Education, Spirituality and other areas in Inspection frameworks. 

Governance
Leadership

Governance in a Christian Manner

Calendar6 March 2025

The concept of ‘in a Christian Manner’ was introduced in thinking about education and a SIAMS Inspection. Grove Books have published a book by Mike Simmonds exploring this theme enabling governors to reflect on the impact of their faith as they carry out their roles and responsibilities.  The book which includes case studies, quotes and examples of biblical characters will provide a backdrop to the session aimed at enabling governors in church and other schools/academies to develop their thinking and practice. 

Leadership
SIAMS

Understanding and Developing Spirituality in the Primary School

Calendar18 March 2025

Spirituality is at the heart of what it means to be human. The SIAMS Framework asks how school leaders ensure that spiritual development is an intrinsic part of the curriculum and central to the school vision This course will explore what we mean by spirituality and explore ways we capture this in our schools.    

Leadership
RE

Termly Network Meeting - Developing Courageous Advocacy and Global Citizenship

Calendar9 October 2024 | 15 January 2025 | 23 April 2025

We invite our Church schools interested in developing Courageous Advocacy and Global Citizenship to join our online network meetings.

Each termly session provides:

Any updates about Courageous Advocacy and Global Citizenship (locally and nationally)

Subject knowledge support

Guidance on developing effective courageous advocacy opportunities in your school

Resource updates

Sharing of good practice

RE

RE Network Meetings

Calendar24 September 2024 | 28 January 2025 | 29 April 2025

This RE Network meetings provide an opportunity to collaborate, network and share best practice with those across the Diocese. It comprises Diocesan, Local and National updates and opportunities for RE leaders to share examples of good practice to raise standards and to continue to develop as subject leaders.

There is opportunity to explore data and research, share updates on policy and let you know about the lastest resources and tools to support you in your role.

Governance
Leadership

Good CE Governance

Calendar25 September 2024 | 4 February 2025 | 1 May 2025

The new governor will discover the principles and practices of being a governor in a Church of England School.  Understanding the church context and the importance of the Church of England's Vision for Education and governance in a school with a religious foundation will enable better engagement.  Plenty of tips and ideas will equip you with your role will be explained, and an online Learning Page with resources will be available after the session.  This is a required course for Foundation Governors, and others, including more experienced governors, are also welcome.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship Network

Calendar14 January 2025 | 6 May 2025

This termly one hour online session will seek to update delegates on the messages from the Church of England, suggestions to develop school practice and resourcing.   

SIAMS

SIAMS For All Governors

Calendar17 October 2024 | 24 October 2024 | 11 February 2025 | 12 February 2025 | 9 May 2025 | 16 May 2025

Governance

Ofsted for Church School Governors

Calendar11 October 2024 | 22 May 2025

Anticipating an Ofsted Inspection?  Or want to know more about what to expect and how to strategically support the school to improve in the light of the Ofsted Framework?  This course will enable governors to understand the process, think about how to be prepared and more importantly focus on their role in school improvement.

Occasions

Year 6 Leavers Assemblies 2025

Calendar9 June 2025 | 9 June 2025 | 10 June 2025 | 10 June 2025

RE

RE Professional Conversations

Calendar20 November 2024 | 5 March 2025 | 11 June 2025

The purpose of these sessions is to enable those engaged with RE to gain knowledge and understanding of areas of current interest.  Exploring implications for individual school contexts and engage in lively discussion with RE colleagues.  The session will balance direct input from the RE Adviser, the posing of questions, opportunity for discussion and identifying collaborative working opportunities across the Diocese.

Leadership

Headteachers Induction Course

Calendar3 October 2024 | 7 November 2024 | 9 January 2024 | 6 March 2025 | 1 May 2025 | 3 July 2025 |

Governance

Taking the Chair next year

Calendar8 July 2025

Do you anticipate being elected to a chairing role?

This short course is designed to help all new and potential chairs, vice-chairs and committee chairs to explore what role as leaders and the responsibilities involved might involve, specifically in a church school context. Following the session attendees are offered the opportunity of 1:1 support along with an online Learning Page with relevant resources.