Take 5


The Take 5 programme is designed to meet the needs of aspiring senior leaders committed to stepping up to headship or a principal’s post.

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


The programme provides an opportunity:

  • to engage in training about applying and being interviewed for headship or a principal’s post;
  • to take part in a simulated experience of ‘being interviewed’ for a headship / principal’s post;
  • to be part of ‘the panel’ who interview ‘the candidates’ for ‘headship’;
  • to get feedback in a group context; and
  • to be told what advice a ‘professional adviser’ would give  re: suitability for appointment.


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 and simulating the experience of being interviewed.  It is necessary therefore to give consideration to the location of the programmes. What is the size of the group room?  How can working as an individual separate from the group be accommodated?


The 2 days must be facilitated by 2 licensed facilitators.

The main mechanism for accessing the licensed leadership programme is for you to nominate licensed facilitators 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 2 licensed facilitators 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.


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

For this CatholicLinks will ensure that the face to face programme materials and resources are continually reviewed, updated, modified and fit for purpose.   For this fee 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 charge fees that simply cover delivery costs, 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.

An example of costings

This is simply one model for costing the programme; it is not set in stone and may be altered to suit the circumstances.

This model is based on 5 participants with 1 facilitator, attending a 2 day programme. The income is £1500. The cost of the programme is £1185. The profit to be invested in building Catholic leadership capacity is £315.

Costings modelled on 5 participants and 2 facilitators
Participants pay £150 each = Income £1500
Accommodation hire for days 1 and 2 £50 £50
Drinks and lunch for days 1 and 2 £60 £60
Fee for facilitator 1 for days 1 and 2 £200 £200
Fee for facilitator 2 for days 1 and 2 £200 £200
Photocopying for days 1 and 2 £5 £5
Files for participants £5  0
Website  n/a  n/a
CatholicLinks fee £150
 COSTS £670 £515 £1185

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 programmes@catholiclinks.co.uk.

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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