Headteachers Induction

This series of online sessions gives headteachers and heads of school who are new to Church of England headship an opportunity to learn about the unique nature of Church of England schools.

They will learn about how the diocese can support them, and enable them to meet key diocesan members of staff. The series of meetings will end with a face-to-face gathering in Chelmsford in the summer term.

Please note session on 4 July 2024 will be held in person at Guy Harlings Building, New Street, Chelmsford, Essex.

  • Christian Vision – what makes a good Christian vision, and why does it matter?
  • Religious Education – creating an engaging curriculum that meets statutory obligations
  • Collective Worship – how to make worship inclusive, invitational and inspirational
  • SIAMS – what to expect from a SIAMS inspection Governance – how to work well with governors
  • Buildings – working with the diocese and local authority to maintain and improve the school

Location: On line course via Zoom - session on 4 July 2023 will be held in person at The Boardroom, Guy Harlings Building, New Street, Chelmsford. Essex.

Duration: One hour

Suitable for: Headteachers and heads of school from Church of England schools in the Diocese of Chelmsford

Facilitator: Richard Hopkins and Maire O'Regan


7 March 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
2 May 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
4 July 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Course facilitator

Maire has joined the team recently and has been working for Essex County Council for 25 years. In that time Maire has worked in secondary schools and primary schools. She has been in leadership for many years and has been a Headteacher for 7 years. She has worked hard to support small, rural church schools throughout her career. She has completed many Ofsted and SIAMS inspections and enjoys supporting church schools to work closely with their local community and church. Maire is interested in the Arts and holds a degree in Music. She is also a keen swimmer.


Richard joined the education team in September 2020 after ten years in two consecutive headships in Church of England primary schools in the Diocese of Chelmsford. Richard has also served as a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and a lead inspector for Ofsted in the East of England.

Richard lives in the north of the diocese where he has served in his local parish church as a PCC member, church warden and authorised local preacher.

Before becoming a teacher, Richard studied and worked in economics and finance where he developed an interest in the causes of economic disadvantage and their solutions. Richard chose to work in schools in the most economically deprived parts of the diocese in order to develop his understanding of the distinctive role that Church of England schools can play in reducing disadvantage and promoting opportunity and justice. He hopes to continue to promote this agenda in his diocesan adviser role.

Richard is married with four children. He enjoys spending time with his greyhound and is a season ticket holder at Colchester United Football Club.




7 March 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
2 May 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm
4 July 2024, 1.30pm - 2.30pm