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 communities reach their full potential. We provide high quality bespoke training to support school staff in their current role as well as providing opportunities to prepare them for the next stage in their career. We offer outstanding in-house Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for school leaders at all levels, signposting individuals to a range of training opportunities available through our successful partnership networks.

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.  Our training courses are organised as a series of professional development steps to support school staff wherever they may be on their career journey, from their first introduction to a Catholic school setting through to those aspiring to be future leaders. You can find our courses and events programme here.

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, and acceptance of and commitment to the ministry of a teacher exercising team leadership in a Catholic setting.  
 
The effectiveness as a leader, enhancing capacity to support others by improving team and individual performance while developing character strengths to deal with the challenges of your role; discerning what to do in challenging scenarios and integrating faith with professional experience.      

The vocation of a middle leader in 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.
     
The distinctiveness of leadership in a Catholic school by considering the differences between being a leader, a leader in a Catholic school and a Catholic school leader.   
 
Reaching your full potential by securing a senior leadership post in a Catholic setting.

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 exploring how to support the work of the Headteacher or Principal and the 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 and being held to account for their progress and formation.

Their own potential for the key leadership post of Headteacher in a Catholic setting.

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; the ability to discern the moral imperative that determines what action to take; and the strength to pursue what is intrinsically good and true.

Having a vocation; as a Catholic senior leader, giving strong witness to the presence of God and the social teaching of the Church by pursuing an educative mission.

How to articulate a vision for the future for students as human persons and being held to account for their progress and formation.Their own potential for the key leadership post of Headteacher in a Catholic setting.

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.

The role, responsibilities and accountability both to the Church and to the 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.

The authentic daily living of the values of the Gospel, bearing witness to the presence of God.

Authentic Catholic leadership; for staff as well as 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, and to pursue what is good and true.

How to lead the community to realise the strategic vision, so that students reach their potential as individuals, family members, neighbours and citizens, experiencing the fullness of life.

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 challenge under performance while bearing witness to the presence of God through the authentic daily living of the values of the Gospel and the moral and social teaching of the Church.

How to drive forward a strategic vision to ensure 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.

Courses and Events

Courses & Events Calendar

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.