SIAMS - Courageous Advocacy - Political Neutrality and Agents of Change

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.

Richard Hopkins is a diocesan adviser in the diocese of Chelmsford. Drawing on his experience across a number of dioceses, he will give a brief overview of what SIAMS means by courageous advocacy and the principles that schools should apply when supporting their pupils to understand and challenge justice and injustice. He will refer to his recently published Grove Book to explain how schools can address injustice without breaching their duty to remain politically impartial.

Kerry Malcolm is the headteacher of St Lawrence Church of England Primary School in Rowhedge. She will describe how she developed her school’s ‘Agents for Change’ programme which has been adopted by a number of Church of England schools in the Diocese of Chelmsford. She will explain how schools can subscribe to the programme.

We also hope to have a headteacher from one of the schools that subscribe to ‘Agents for Change’ to talk about the impact the programme has had in their school.

Location: Virtual

Duration: One hour

Suitable for: Primary and Secondary School Headteachers, Governors,

Facilitator: Richard Hopkins


19 September 2024, 3.45pm - 4.45pm

Course facilitator

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.


No charge for this event


19 September 2024, 3.45pm - 4.45pm


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