Learning and Development Programme

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 on offer is carefully designed to support many areas of school life including school improvement, Christian distinctiveness, Governance and SIAMs preparation.

Please note:

  • Some of the courses are very popular and fill up fast – do book early to avoid disappointment
  • Many of these courses are free to schools subscribing to the Partnership Agreement
  • In the unlikely event of insufficient numbers, the course may be cancelled at short notice. We aim to inform schools at least three weeks in advance of the course date, if this is likely to happen
  • Additional training and support will be offered throughout the year so please subscribe to our E-Bulletins for notifications of additional courses.

The training on offer will continue to develop throughout the year, particularly as we adapt to the evolving requirements around social distancing.


Costs to schools

Costs for each course or event are available on the individual course pages below. Many of the courses are free.

  • Subscription to the Partnership Agreement includes four training sessions. Training sessions are equivalent to 3.5 hours in person or 2 hours online
  • Half-day courses are equivalent to one session
  • Full-day courses are equivalent to two sessions


Courses and briefings

To book a place and to find out further information about each of the courses please follow the relevant links below.


Governance support

Dates: Monthly

To support governors across the Diocese, Our Governance Consultant, Mike Simmonds offers an opportunity to discuss any current issues or concerns, support one another and introduce ideas.

Find out more and book a place.


Reflecting upon and developing Collective Worship

Dates: 26 April 2021

This course will encourage Collective Worship Leads to reflect upon and explore the purpose of Collective Worship. Including how to develop your practice, explore the role of pupils in Collective Worship and the use of prayer. Suitable for those in Infant, Junior and Primary settings.

Find out more and book a place.


Anti-Racist RE

Dates: 26 April 2021

This session will provide schools with the opportunity to explore these ‘free’ materials further to encourage pupils within the RE classroom to learn about religion and beliefs, racism and prejudice in challenging ways that promote the well-being of all.

Find out more and book a place.


Heads and Chairs termly briefings

Dates: 27 or 28 April 2021

2020/21 sees the exciting launch of our new termly update sessions for Church School Leaders and Chairs of Governors. These virtual briefings, lasting approximately an hour, will be offered termly and will be led by members of the Education Team and invited speakers.

Find out more about our termly briefings and book a place.


Understanding Christianity – Text Impact Connections

Programme start date: 10 May 2021

To continue to support the teaching of Christianity across schools this Summer we are offering training for the high-quality resource ‘Understanding Christianity – Text Impact Connections’. Running over four sessions during May and June, this resource can be used within the requirements of syllabuses across the Diocese.  

Find out more and book a place.


Update for schools currently using ‘Understanding Christianity – Text Impact Connections’

Dates: Various sessions running during May 2021

For schools who have previously attended training and have access to the resource within the school (a file and access code to electronic resources).

Find out more and book a place.


SIAMS - a priority for Governance Boards

Dates: 11 May or 18 June 2021

This session will unpack the priorities from the inspection schedule and how governance boards can prepare both themselves, and support their headteacher, in striving for the best outcome. Suitable for governors and headteachers.

Find out more and book a place.


Leading RE

Dates: 13 May 2021

An opportunity for RE Leads to develop and refresh understanding of their role and responsibilities, including opportunities to ask specific questions in relation to their own context.

Find out more and book a place.


Teaching Islam - Progression and Fascination

Dates: 7 June 2021

This course explores knowledge progression across the primary age-range to develop the teaching of Islam. Practical, engaging and challenging ways to teach with be offered that can be incorporated to existing or developing units of work within the RE curriculum.

Find out more and book a place.


Keys to engaging in headteacher performance

Dates: 8 June 2021

As a governor, be better prepared for the headteacher review (appraisal) in the next cycle to ensure it is both a positive and developmental process.

Find out more and book a place.


Headteacher Sabbath Day

Dates: 17 June 2021

We are hosting a free ‘Sabbath Day’ at Chelmsford Cathedral for our Headteachers and School Leaders. The day will consist of a series of reflections from the Bishop of Colchester, optional short times of worship, and opportunities to explore the cathedral, gardens and city.

Find out more and book a place.


RE Leads meetings

Dates: Summer term: 22 June or 1 July 2021

Led by RE Adviser for the Diocese, these regular meetings will cover key information relating to RE subject leadership and the distinctiveness of leading Religious Education in a Church of England School.

Find out more and book a place.


Governance questioning

Dates: 7 July 2021

Develop a practical understanding of questioning skills used in coaching to help governors ask the right kind of questions of their school leaders that holds them to account without being confrontational.

Find out more and book a place.


Church School Leadership Course

Course start date: 29 September 2021 (Introductory Meeting to be held on 25 June)

The course is designed for School Leaders: for those who are already leaders or aspire to be leaders – Headteacher, Head of School, Middle Leader, Department, Subject or Year Group Leaders. The application deadline has been extended until 7 June 2021.

Find out more and download an application form.


Headteacher Induction Programme

Programme start dates: 8 October 2020 or 28 January 2021

Our Induction Programme is carefully designed to offer a bespoke programme supporting Heads that are new to the role, new to Church schools and/or new to the Diocese. There will be a strong focus on building relationships with other Headteachers as well as members of the Education team, while exploring elements distinct to Church School Leadership.

Find out more about the Induction Programme.



If you have any questions, please contact the Education Team administrator via email education@chelmsford.anglican.org or phone 01245 294441.