NPQH - .5 MODULE - LEVEL 3 LEADING A CATHOLIC SCHOOL OR ACADEMY

The half module consists of 10 Units, as listed below. It is necessary to start by reading the Introduction in Unit 1; it provides the information needed to undertake and complete the half module.

The rest of the Units follow on sequentially. The resources for the Units of work are accessed by clicking on the links below.

For each Unit in turn, first refer to the instructions in the appropriate 'Reading, Tasks and Reflection' document, for undertaking the particular Unit.

The two case studies, 'Accountability' and 'Managing Difficult Business', may be done at the end of the Units concerned.

Postscript:  Please note, since this resource was prepared for use, the episcopal ordination has taken place of the Right Reverend Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds.  References to Monsignor Marcus Stock, the author of Christ at the Centre, pre-date his recent ordination.

Unit 1: Leading a Catholic school or academy - introduction

Focus: An introduction to the module with an overview to help prepare for a programme of self-study.

Unit 2: The history of the Catholic Church in providing education

Focus: The history of Church schools in England and how the Catholic sector navigated the socio-political landscape at times of change.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit
  • Thinkpiece – How we came to be where we are – based on the original work of Dr Christopher Storr

Unit 3: The mission of the Church

Focus: The distinctive mission of a Catholic school or academy.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.

Unit 4: Why the Church provides schools

Focus: The key reasons why the Church provide schools and academies.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.
  • Account of Practice – They dug out the foundations – interviews of three headteachers.

Unit 5: What are the fundamental characteristics of a Catholic school

Focus: The distinctive characteristics of a Catholic school or academy.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.
  • Thinkpiece – "By their fruits shall you know them" – based on an original publication of Dr Andrew Morris.

Unit 6: Visions of the preferred future in a Catholic school

Focus: How Christian beliefs inform the visions of the preferred future in a Catholic school or academy.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.
  • Thinkpiece – Catholic schools today – on original publication from Fr Michael Holman SJ.

Unit 7: Values and virtues in a Catholic school

Focus: The growth of values in Catholic schools and virtues in Catholic school leaders.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit. 
  • Thinkpiece – Text and context: mediating the mission in Catholic schools – by Professor John Sullivan. 
  • Extracts.

Unit 8: Accountability of Catholic schools

Focus: The nature of accountability at various levels in a Catholic school or academy.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.
  • Case Study – Accountability.

Unit 9: The ethos and leadership of a Catholic school

Focus: The nature of the Catholic ethos and leadership of a Catholic school.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.
  • Thinkpiece – Spirituality – by Father David O'Malley.
  • Opinion Piece – Priestly formation for Catholic school leaders – by Dr Clare Watkins.
  • Case Study – Managing difficult business.

Unit 10: The changing landscape and futures thinking

Focus: The current educational landscape and the implications of change for the Church.

  • Reading, Tasks and Reflection Unit.
  • Opinion Piece – A national Catholic education alliance? – by Margaret Buck.
  • Account of Practice – Academies working together for the common good – by Maura Regan.