South West Catholic Partnership Development Officer
Monday, March 2nd, 2020 @ 5:05 pm
Leadership and Governance strategy, Formatio, is one of the major projects that
the Catholic Education Service has been commissioned to undertake by the
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. This role is an opportunity
to build on the strong foundations of the national programme and what is
already being delivered in the four regional hubs and to develop this further
alongside the directors in each diocese to enhance formation and embrace the
Catholic Education Service is therefore looking to appoint a Development
Officer (0.4 FTE) to work with diocesan directors, the Catholic university and
Catholic teaching schools in the region. This person will act as a catalyst to
help form and sustain leaders of Catholic education. This work will also
involve collaboration across the four regions and with the Catholic Education
Service. The post is open to individuals either as an employment opportunity or
as part of a secondment.
Vision Statement for the Partnership
“Working collaboratively across Wales and the
South West, we will provide an excellent education, by building school
leadership capacity that gives young people the opportunity to explore and
consider the world through the lens of Catholicism to fulfil their potential
and to encourage them to use their talents in service of others.”
The South West Catholic Partnership
includes the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Cardiff, and the Dioceses of Clifton,
Menevia, Plymouth and Portsmouth along with the Catholic teaching schools and Newman
The South West Catholic Partnership
will work to fulfil the mission of Formatio to form, nourish and sustain leaders
of Catholic education and forge a stronger working relationship between
Catholic dioceses in the spirit of the common good.
Mission of Formatio
form, nourish and sustain leaders of Catholic education by providing
opportunities for professional development and Catholic formation.
Expectations for Formatio
- Ongoing formation for governors
- Support for aspiring head teachers and those in leadership roles
- Establish a framework for leadership development
- Focus on areas with greatest need due to lack of system capacity, economic disadvantage or poor educational performance
How to apply
Applicants must confirm their right to work in the UK and forward a full CV and covering letter illustrating their skills and motivation for this role to: HR@cbcew.org.uk
Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 26 March 2020
will take place on Monday 6 April 2020
further information please contact Catherine Bryan: 020 7901 1918
Development Officer Job Description
- To articulate and
demonstrate the distinctive nature of leadership in a Catholic school setting
as the underpinning of a school’s Catholic ethos.
support the chair and South West Catholic Partnership to ensure the efficient
working of the hub and evaluating the impact on Catholic leadership in the
- To develop an
annually-agreed timetable for the content and teaching of the programmes within
the regional partnership with the diocesan Directors of Education and develop
the future teaching and support requirements of the partnership
- To assist in
developing and refreshing curricular and programme provision such that it meets
the needs of a diverse range of teachers with a demonstrable capacity for
leadership in a Catholic school so that they enable an authentic Catholic leadership
to develop in the ever-changing educational landscape.
- To ensure a
high-quality learning experience to teachers on the programme(s) in a variety
of settings using a variety of methods, providing that all course briefs and programme
outlines are comprehensive, prepared under the requirements of the Bishops and
other training partners and meet quality standards.
- To be responsible
for the management and organisation of teacher mentoring as required by the
- To establish a
network/pool of aspiring school leaders to benefit the recruitment by Catholic
attend national and regional meetings as required by Catholic Education Service
or diocesan Directors of Education, as appropriate to the role.
build links with the Catholic HEI (Newman University, Birmingham) and other
appropriate providers of continuing professional development.
- To organise,
monitor and take part in the tutoring/mentoring arrangements for the
- To establish efficient work practices
to manage the geographical spread of the partnership.
- A well-developed
understanding and appreciation of the distinctive nature of Catholic education
- Good knowledge
and understanding of the work of the six dioceses in the
regional partnership and the relationship with the Catholic Education Service
knowledge and understanding of Welsh Education (two of the six dioceses are in
- Experience of
successful leadership in the Catholic schools’ sector.
- A commitment to
and understanding of the importance of faith formation in Catholic school leadership.
- A practical
understanding of effective leadership development.
- An ability to
work collaboratively to develop strong relationships and effective partnerships
in the region.
to think creatively and problem-solve.
communication and organisational skills.
Location: flexible, based within the South West regional hub
Salary: £60,000 pro rata (£24,000)
Hours: 0.4 FTE flexible working
type: Fixed Term (1.5 years, grant
role will involve travel throughout the regional hub as well as attendance at
meetings held in
Normal work-related expenses will be
The post holder will be employed under CaTEW terms
and conditions, line managed by the Catholic Education Service and
operationally accountable to the Chair of the South West Catholic Partnership.