Catholic Leaders & CPD

Lessons to be learned from the Gospels, through what Jesus said or did, provide examples for us all on the nature of the leadership that we can expect in our Catholic educational faith communities.
Working, governing or clerking in a Catholic voluntary aided school, academy, independent school or specialist trust opens up a range of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities.

Realising Potential – Building Capacity

The Education Service are committed to providing excellent professional development opportunities to ensure all members of our school community reach their full potential. Our training programmes support school staff in their current roles as well as providing opportunities to prepare them for the next stage in their career, with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for school leaders at all levels.

Our comprehensive, collaborative approach to CPD offers opportunities to build strong professional networks locally, regionally and nationally with a clear understanding of the distinctive nature of working in a Catholic school setting and how the Catholic life of the school underpins and contributes to every aspect of school life. You can book CPD courses using the calendar below.

Career Pathways

Middle Leaders

We are committed to enhancing character formation, developing personal and professional qualities and behaviours. Our training and support programmes encourage Middle Leaders to reflect on:

• The role of middle leader, committed to the ministry of teaching and team leadership in a Catholic setting.
• Their effectiveness as a leader, enhancing their capacity to support others by improving team and individual performance.
• Developing character strengths to deal with the challenges of the role while integrating faith with professional experience.      
• Vocation, living out a personal and professional identity in a holistic manner.
• How to ‘impart what [you] know and… live what [you] believe’ while being accountable for student progress.
• Reaching full potential by securing a senior leadership post in a Catholic setting.

You can book CPD courses for Middle Leaders using the booking calendar below.

Assistant Headteachers

We nurture future Catholic leaders through a programme of continued formation and professional development. Our training and support programmes encourage Assistant Headteachers to reflect on:

• The role, responsibilities and accountability of a senior leader in a Catholic school supporting the work of the Headteacher/Principal and governance.
• The attributes required as an effective senior leader: the capacity to support and challenge others to improve their performance; the ability to discern the moral imperative that determines what action to take.
• How to articulate a vision of the future for students as fully human while being held to account for their progress and formation.
• Their potential for key a leadership post in a Catholic setting.

You can book CPD courses for Assistant Headteachers using the booking calendar below.

Deputy Headteachers

Our training programmes and initiatives encourage Deputy Headteachers to reflect on being a practising Catholic and a senior leader:

• Examining the role, responsibilities and accountability as a senior leader and how to support the work of the Headteacher and the governing body.
• The virtues and character attributes required of an effective senior leader: the capacity to support and challenge others to improve their performance and the ability to discern the moral imperative that determines what action to take.
• Having a vocation; as a Catholic senior leader, giving strong witness to the presence of God and the social teaching of the Church.
• How to articulate a vision for the future for students as human persons while being held to account for their progress and formation.
• Their potential for the key leadership post of Headteacher in a Catholic setting.

You can book CPD courses for Deputy Headteachers using the booking calendar below.

Aspiring Headteachers

Our training programmes encourage Aspiring Headteachers to reflect on what it means to be fully human, a practising Catholic giving witness to your faith. They examine and explore:

• The role, responsibilities and accountability to the Church and State as the leader of a community of faith.
• The attributes required to lead effectively, managing significant challenges and ethical dilemmas as a potential Headteacher.
• Living of the values of the Gospel, bearing witness to the presence of God.
• Authentic Catholic leadership for staff while being a Catholic in the community for children, parents, carers and governors.
• The gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable Catholic leaders to sustain their vocation in aspiring to lead a school community.
• How to realise strategic vision, so that students reach their potential as individuals, family members, neighbours and citizens, experiencing the fullness of life.

You can book CPD courses for Aspiring Headteachers using the booking calendar below.

Headteachers and Heads of School

Our training and learning programmes help Catholic leaders to develop successful and effective professional qualities and behaviours, enabling Headteachers and Heads of School to reflect on:

• The need to grow in virtue and benefit from the gifts of the Holy Spirit to sustain the Catholic ethos of the school.
• Celebrating strengths and challenging under performance.
• Bearing witness by living out the values of the Gospel and the moral and social teaching of the Church.
• Driving forward a strategic vision so that all students understand they ‘are created to love God and their neighbour as themselves’.
• Their personal vocation as a Catholic Headteacher in a changing educational landscape, balancing the non-negotiables of a Catholic school with the need for transformational change.
• What it means to exercise leadership beyond the boundary of school in order to support the common good.
• Supporting participants to develop and realise a strategic vision so that students grow to their full potential as individuals, family members, neighbours and citizens and experience the fullness of life.

You can book CPD courses for Headteachers and Heads of School using the booking calendar below.

Courses and Events

CPD Courses Calendar - book online here.

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is a nationally accredited course in Catholic theology that supports and enhances the teaching of Religious Education in schools and parishes The CCRS is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. It was introduced in 1991 to replace its predecessors, The Catholic Teachers’ Certificate and the Certificate in Religious Education.  It is valuable for all teachers and catechists and is recommended for any teacher applying for senior management positions in Catholic education. Any person who is or wishes to be involved in Catholic education and formation may apply for this course.

The course is designed for teachers in Catholic schools; that they may have a basic understanding of the Church, it's teaching and way of life to enable them to contribute to the maintenance of the ethos of the Catholic school.  The CCRS also provides a basis for further study.

The course consists of six core modules and two professional modules. The core modules explore the Scriptures (Old and New Testament), the person of Jesus Christ, the Church and its sacramental life and moral understanding. They are designed to build together into a basic understanding of Catholic theology. Its application within a school, parish or ministry setting is explored further through the two professional modules. All modules are taught by a variety of experienced tutors.

This one-year course is due to run again this year. If you would like to apply for a place on the next CCRS course, or would like to find out more, please contact Rev. Deacon Jon Harman, our Formation and Spirituality Adviser.