Many colleagues who become headteachers in Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Gloucester are either new to headship, new to headship in a Church of England school or new to the Diocese. The rapidly changing school environment means that the role of headteacher is becoming increasingly complex and demanding. The Board of Education is acutely aware of the need to support headteachers professionally and pastorally and have therefore developed a number of programmes to support school leaders.
The Headteacher Mentoring Scheme provides the opportunity for new colleagues to be linked up with an established headteacher within the county who will provide confidential pastoral support and professional advice for the first academic year of a new post. This scheme will be offered at the ‘Introduction to the Diocese’ meeting to which new colleagues will be invited soon after taking up their post.
The Diocese of Gloucester offers all our Headteachers ongoing pastoral support through the Bishop’s Visitors Scheme. Bishop’s Visitors are assigned directly to schools and they will make contact with Headteachers to arrange annual visits. You may also wish to invite your Bishop’s Visitor to additional events during the academic year. Please see the information available at the tab below, which provides further information about the Bishop’s Visitor Scheme. If you have any questions or queries about this scheme, please contact
The Education team provide a range of training to support church schools. These are detailed in the training brochure which can be found here along with links to the online booking forms for each course. Headteachers are invited to attend Illuminate training and update sessions which take place in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms. Headteachers can choose to attend in one of four venues across the Diocese. Look out for more information about the focus for each of these meetings, in the Diocese Education Newsletter (The DEN).
In addition to courses and training, there are a range of services offered to all our church schools at no cost. These services include:
telephone and email advice and support from 9.15am to 5pm weekdays on: governance, Religious Education, collective worship, models of leadership, school buildings and land, academisations, Church school leadership and complaints. There will be times when the team are not able to give immediate advice and guidance but please leave a message on the Education main number: 01452 835539.
We also provide:
pastoral support for headteachers; SIAMS monitoring visits; additional support for schools judged to require improvement by SIAMS; support for new Headteachers or those Headteachers new to Church schools; Foundation Governor appointments; advice, support and attendance at all Headteacher and Executive Headteacher recruitment; the Diocesan Education Newsletter (the DEN) six times each academic year; access to information on the Diocesan website; access to updates and information via email; attendance as required by a senior officer, at Ofsted feedback.
Bishop’s Visitors are volunteers who support Headteachers in Church of England schools in the Diocese of Gloucester. Their primary role is to provide pastoral support to the school and in particular, the Headteacher. Bishop’s Visitors receive regular training and updates from the Education department and can signpost schools to relevant support and information. For more information about Bishop’s Visitors, please contact