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.


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.


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Theological Roots of Your Christian Vision

Calendar7 March 2024

This course aims to introduce leaders and governors to some theological concepts that are at the heart of Christian belief and tradition.


Understanding and Developing Spirituality in Primary Schools

Calendar19 March 2024

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.    


Monitoring for Governors

Calendar27 March 2024

Governors monitoring is an essential part of the role. The keys to effectively fulfilling this is more than you might expect. Be better prepared and effective by attending this session. 


Safeguarding For Governors Course

Calendar24 April 2024

Governor focussed session on Safeguarding, updating on KCSIE 23 with everything considered in a Church of England School context. 


SIAMS Workshop 2023

Calendar | 7 May 2024

Our termly SIAMS Workshops are designed to support schools approaching the SIAMS Inspection window.


Termly RE Network Meetings

Calendar30 January 2024 | 14 May 2024

Join our online network for RE leaders in Church schools. Each termly session provides local and national updates, subject support, resource updates and sharing of good practice.

Collective Worship

Collective Worship Network

Calendar13 February 2024 | 14 May 2024

Join our online network for Collective Worship Leads across the Diocese of Chelmsford. Each termly session includes: 

sharing of good practice, discussion of ideas and issues, resource updates, networking with collective worship leads,



Introduction to Church School Governance

Calendar | 12 June 2024

Exploring the context of Church School governance with guidance on fulfilling the roles and responsibilities to aid effectiveness and good impact.



Art Exhibition


17 June 2024 - Save the date


SIAMS 23 For Governors

Calendar12 March 2024 | 19 March 2024 | 11 June 2024 | 18 June 2024

The new SIAMS Framework is now active. These two sessions will give you a governor's perspective on what to expect and seek to demystify the purpose, judgments and what is meant by the theological rootedness of the school's Christian vision.



RE Conversations for Individual Schools

Calendar | 6 March 2024 | 19 June 2024

To enable those engaged with RE in schools to have the opportunity to discuss and receive tailored support for specific areas of interest or concern to their own school.  There is an offer to book a ½ hr conversation with the RE Adviser directly on a termly basis.


Secondary RE Networks

Calendar | 27 February 2024 | 26 June 2024 | |

A Termly opportunity for all those engaged in delivering RE at Secondary level to hear about updates within the Diocese, Locally and Nationally.  Discussion and collaborative thinking relating to current areas of interest and sharing of resources


Christian Distinctiveness in Early Years

Calendar27 June 2024

Exploring ways to enhance and develop Christian Distinctiveness across Early Years settings this course will equip staff and volunteers.


Bradwell Pilgrimage For Schools 1 - 4 July 2024

Calendar1 July 2024 | 2 July 2024 | 3 July 2024 | 4 July 2024

Bradwell Pilgrimage for schools provides a unique opportunity for pupils and staff to reflect in a truly special setting. Open to Y2-4 pupils and led by members of the diocesan education and Mustard Seed teams, the day at St Peter’s Chapel, Bradwell-on-Sea is a day of creativity and wonder.  

If you are interested in this event, then please do save the date in your diary. Booking forms have been emailed to all Head Teachers on 30 January 2024. 


Taking the Chair

Calendar11 July 2024

Recently elected as chair or vice-chair? This session will help equip you for your role and comes with an offer of 1:1 advice and support during you first year


Headteachers Thanksgiving Evensong


11 July 2024 5.15pm Save the Date


Governance Collective

Calendar | 3 May 2024 | 15 July 2024

Termly, drop in and meet with governors from across the Diocese. to catch up and share ideas. Theme notified with monthly email.

Career Development

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.


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)