Moving Up


The Moving Up programme is designed to meet the needs of aspiring senior leaders who are ready for and committed to stepping up to headship or a principal’s post. Participants are likely to be in the process of considering applications for such posts and may well have already made applications, albeit they have not yet been successful.

The programme supports learning at NPQH level, in a Catholic context. The participants are likely to be doing NPQH or possibly completed NPQH and achieved the award.

Key question for participants: Do you see yourself successfully applying for headship or a principal post within the next school year?


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 senior leader to:

  • Explore and reflect on yourself as a human person who is a practising Catholic and a potential headteacher/principal, and: the role, responsibilities and accountability as the leader of a community of faith to the Church and to the State.
  • Explore and reflect on the virtues and character attributes required to lead and manage effectively the areas of deep satisfaction, significant challenges and ethical dilemmas in role as a potential headteacher/principal.
  • Explore and reflect on 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, which involves modelling how to be a Catholic leader for staff as well as being a Catholic in the community for children, parents and governors/directors.
  • Explore and reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable you to sustain your vocation as a Catholic leader, aspiring to lead a school community, and to pursue what is good and true at all times.
  • Explore and reflect on how you impart what [you]  know and live what [you] believe whilst leading the community to realise the strategic vision so that pupils / students grow to their full potential as individuals, family members, neighbours and citizens and experience the fullness of life.

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:

  • How to operate within the legal framework for the provision of Catholic education and secure the commitment of all stakeholders to change and sustained improvement.
  • The key features of an outstanding Catholic school and how a Catholic ethos and culture norms unify the strengths of individuals and teams to build capacity for sustained improvement.
  • The character required of an effective leader in a Catholic setting and how a leader must work with and through staff, governors/directors, parents, children and parish, using key leadership strategies and styles, whilst holding on to the mission and living out the values of the Gospel.
  • How to contribute to strengthening the school and secure the future of Catholic education by building capacity and collaborative practice with other Catholic schools, whilst sharing responsibility for the well-being of all children in the wide system.

The programme provides an opportunity to explore:

  • Catholic distinctiveness; articulating faith, beliefs and values with conviction; the interview process.

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


The programme is delivered over 2 days which are face-to-face training and development days.

The days can be delivered to suit the local circumstances.  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 2 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 that the CatholicLinks origins must be acknowledged.


1. Website support – the CatholicLinks fee is a flat rate of £150.

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 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-2-Costings-2015-001-09

Model A is based on 30 participants with 1 facilitator, attending a 2 day programme. The income is £4500. The cost of the programme is £2190. The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £2300.

Model B is based on 20 participants with 2 facilitators, attending a 2 day programme. The income is £3000. The cost of the programme is £1910. The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £1090.

Model C is based on 10 participants with 1 facilitator, attending a 2 day programme. The income is £1500. The cost of the programme is £1190. The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £310.

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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