Theological Roots of Your Christian Vision

Whether you a developing a new Christian vision, or seeking to unearth the theological roots of your existing vision, this session aims to introduce leaders and governors to some theological concepts that are at the heart of Christian belief and tradition.

Church of England schools should have a Christian vision that is firmly rooted in theology. This is an expectation of SIAMS and a reflection of the importance of our schools’ duty to educate their pupils in the principles of the Church of England. These roots should amount to more than just a Bible verse, but should not be too complicated to have any meaningful impact on the life of the school.

Location: In person - St Cedds. Chelmsford Cathedral

Duration: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Suitable for: Leaders and governors of Church of England schools (especially foundation and ex-officio clergy governors).

Facilitator: Richard Hopkins


7 March 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm

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.




7 March 2024, 9.30am - 12.30pm


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