Moving Together


The Moving Together programme is designed to meet the needs of newly or recently appointed headteachers or principals.

The programme supports learning at NPQH level and beyond, in a Catholic context.


In line with the developmental stages of the CatholicLinks Leadership Formation and Development matrix CatholicLinks-Leadership-Formation-and-Development-Matrix-2015-005-23.doc the programme provides opportunities for the headteacher or principal to:

  • Explore and reflect on yourself as a human person who is a practising Catholic and a headteacher/principal, accountable to the governance for the standards and performance of the school and the quality of Catholic life.
  • Explore and 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 and challenge any under-performance, whilst giving 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, which flow from those values.
  • Explore and reflect on your vocation as a Catholic headteacher /principal in a changing educational landscape balancing the non-negotiables of a Catholic school with the need for transformational change.
  • Explore and reflect on how you impart what [you] know and live what [you] believe whilst driving the strategic vision to ensure pupils / students understand they are created to love God and their neighbour as themselves.
  • Explore what it means to exercise leadership beyond the boundary of your school in order to support the common good.

The programme also provides the senior leader with opportunities to know and understand the following and apply the learning to their professional practice and conduct:

  • The legal and strategic framework for a school or academy and be able to act as professional adviser to the governors/directors and enable them to hold you to account for the Catholic life, performance and standards.
  • The dynamic complexity and holistic nature of a school or academy involving the synergy of individuals, teams and systems working effectively in unity to create the culture that secures the mission of the school and drives everyone’s commitment to do their best for the children.
  • How to contribute to strengthening the school, parish and local community and secure the future of Catholic education by building capacity, collaborative practice and alliances with other Catholic schools and all schools, sharing responsibility for the well-being of all children in the wider educational system.

The programme provides an opportunity to explore:

  • Personal and professional formation, growth and development into headship; leading change; working with professional associations; capacity building; appointing staff; improving performance; building teams; governance; academisation.

Resources include: a handbook and readers; a vocational/career planner; a self-evaluation preparation activity; hard-copy resources; programme readers; reflective journals; and access to a password protected website.


The programme is delivered over 4 days which are face-to-face training and development days.

Note, these days may be supplemented locally by arranging school visits. There is guidance and materials to support the local organisation of visits.

The face-to-face days can be delivered to suit the local circumstances, over a term, 2 terms or 3 terms.  They may also be delivered in a more imaginative manner, including as a residential experience.


The programme involves a significant amount of activity and working together on tasks.  It is necessary therefore to give consideration to the location of the programmes.  What is the size of the room?  How can working in pairs and groups be accommodated?  Is there room to undertake a range of tasks and activities?


The 4 days may be facilitated by one or more licensed facilitators.

The main mechanism for accessing the licensed leadership programme is for you to nominate a licensed facilitator to deliver the licensed programme.  You may do this in one of two ways:

1. You can source a facilitator through CatholicLinks.  CatholicLinks will not charge for this service but the individual facilitator will require you to pay for their facilitation services and you will need to negotiate terms between you, separate from CatholicLinks.

2. You can apply to be designated as a licensed facilitator of the CatholicLinks licensed programme.  You will not be charged any fee for applying and being registered, however, you must meet certain criteria as a threshold of expertise and experience in order to be designate as licensed to deliver the programme.  This is purely a process by which certain quality assurances are considered and addressed in respect of the delivery of the licensed programme.  If you wish to do this contact CatholicLinks.

Once you have nominated a licensed facilitator of the programme then you can plan for access to the licensed programme resources and being to plan the delivery of the programme to suit your circumstances.


This information may be used to produce information or a flyer to go out to schools and academies to advertise the programme. Please note the CatholicLinks origins of the programme must be acknowledged.


1. Website support – the CatholicLinks fee is a flat rate of £250.

For this fee, CatholicLinks will provide a dedicated website that provides the programme documents and additional resources, which prevents the need for additional copying, et cetera. This also covers specialist web support and administration of providing user-names and passwords.

2. Programme provision, review, maintenance and personal support fees – CatholicLinks charges a flat rate of ‘10% of the total income from the fees charged of participants before any deductions’.  This means that the charge CatholicLinks applies is relative to the numbers recruited.

For this fee, CatholicLinks will ensure that the face to face programme materials and resources are continually reviewed, updated, modified and fit for purpose. CatholicLinks will also offer professional advice and support to the planning and delivery of the programmes, as required.

Note: if an organiser of a programme at a local level decides not to charge participants fees or to charge fees that simply cover delivery costs only, then in these circumstances the CatholicLinks support fee may be negotiated directly with CatholicLinks.

CatholicLinks will provide a budget planner to scope the cost of running the programme after the initial telephone conversation to explore the planning of the programme.  Depending on the numbers recruited to the programme and the fees charged of participants, it is possible that there would be a reasonable profit that could be invested in building capacity for leadership development in the schools concerned or in the teaching school alliance or the same.

Some examples of ‘costings’

These models for costing the programme are simply models; they are not set in stone. However, they do offer some basic suggestions for costing the delivery of the programmes and may be adjusted to suit the circumstances.

Open here to view the models: CatholicLinks-Models-Costings-2015-001-09

Model A is based on 30 participants with 1 facilitator, attending a 4 day programme with a day of local visits also arranged.  The income is £9000.  The cost of the programme is £4900.  The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £4100.

Model B is based on 20 participants with 2 facilitators, attending a 4 day programme with a day of local visits also arranged.  The income is £6000.  The cost of the programme is £5250.  The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £750.

Model C is based on 10 participants with 1 facilitator, attending a 4 day programme with a day of local visits also arranged.  The income is £3000.  The cost of the programme is £2390.  The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £610.

Further Information

If you want any further information, or wish to discuss any aspect of this programme and how it could work for you, please contact

Ideally, contact CatholicLinks as soon as you are even expressing an interest in accessing the programme. Generally, please give 21 working days’ notice to CatholicLinks before you are planning to advertise / deliver the first session of the programme; this allows for dialogue, planning and any modifications to the programme, et cetera. However, it is possible that your needs can be met in a shorter timescale.

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