The Moving programme is designed to meet the needs of recently qualified teachers who are aspiring to leadership or who have been advised by their schools or academies that they demonstrate leadership potential.

The programme may also be suitable for really capable newly qualified teachers who need to be encouraged to realise they can step up to the next level, for example, those who have come into the profession as mature entrants with experience of leadership in other fields with ‘fast-track’ potential.

Characteristically, the recently qualified teacher/leader will be highly self-motivated, able to articulate with a mix of honesty and humility their aspirations to lead.

Key question for participants: Do you see yourself applying for a middle leader post within 18 – 24 months of starting on the programme?


In line with the developmental stages of the CatholicLinks Leadership Formation and Development matrix CatholicLinks-Leadership-Formation-and-Development-Matrix-2015-005-23 the programme provides opportunities for the recently qualified teacher/leader to:

  • Explore and reflect on being a human person who is a practising Catholic with opportunities for your personal and spiritual formation and growth, through prayer, the Sacred Scriptures, liturgy and the sacraments.
  • Explore and reflect on the contribution of virtues to the formation and development of your character.
  • Explore and reflect on being a teacher in a Catholic school and in that role, through your faith, how you  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 being an entrant to the teaching profession and the concept of vocation as being called to use your God-given gifts and talents in the service of others.
  • Have high aspiration for and expectations of your pupils / students ensuring they can achieve their potential as children of God.

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

  • The legal status of Catholic schools in the wider system and how they can work together in ecclesial communion to serve the local Church / Diocese as well as contribute to the common good.
  • How effective teachers and good leaders working in partnership to help secure the mission of a Catholic school and bring visions to reality. How effective teams consist of leaders and willing followers (which achieve successful team performance and improved classroom practice) and how teams and individuals account for the impact of carrying out their professional duties (ensuring that the quality of teaching and learning meets the highest standards for every child, in every classroom), in harmony with the teachings of Christ and his Church.
  • A secure understanding of how the governing body or the board of directors functions to fulfil its role and responsibilities through delegation and committee working.
  • The relationship between teacher/leaders, middle leaders, the senior leadership and the governance of a Catholic school or Catholic academy.

The programme provides an opportunity to explore:

  • The mission of a Catholic school; what is meant by vision; Gospel values; Catholic distinctiveness; accountability; governance; and insights into recruitment and selection.

Resources include: a handbook; a 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 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 if required.

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 that the CatholicLinks origins of the programme must be acknowledged. A model flyer is available.


  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 10 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, most likely by return.


This programme is currently being delivered and is being well received by participants.

Evaluations* 30 November 2015 – West Midlands cohort

Very conducive to my professional development.

Inspiring and encouraging – a push in the right direction.

Has made me think seriously about my vocation and the importance of creating a long term plan.

Leaders very encouraging.

A much better understanding of what makes an effective leader.

* Actual evaluation feedback available for scrutiny on request.


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