Our Strategic Plan

The Company’s (CISC’s) Objects, as described in the Memorandum and Articles of Association (1997) will continue to be –

“To promote education in schools which teach the Catholic faith principally by providing the head teachers or principals of those schools with the opportunity to meet, discuss, analyse and consider common concerns and to disseminate the outcome of such meetings.”

(Memorandum and Articles of Association of CISC, 1997)

Executive summary of CISC mission, based on strategic objectives:

CISC exists to:

  • support our members and promote the leadership of our schools
  • develop communication and resources to support Catholic education
  • develop training opportunities for CISC schools and the wider Catholic community
  • co-ordinate opportunities for students in CISC schools and the wider Catholic community
  • develop and extend the partnerships which promote Catholic education

Our Strategic Aims 2017 – 2020

1. To support our members and promote the leadership of our schools, by –

  • Providing resources and pastoral and spiritual support for current heads, including opportunities to meet
  • Developing a CISC Leadership Programme, to include Introduction to Catholic Leadership for those with potential to lead a Catholic school and the Development of Catholic Leadership for those serving heads who wish to deepen their understanding of the Catholic mission and for governors to develop their understanding of the Catholic mission of their schools
  • Supporting special school heads by providing an effective network for them and to allow their best practice and insights into Catholic mission to be more widely disseminated

2. To develop communication and resources to support Catholic education, by –

  • Upgrading the website and digital strategy with resources and best practice showcases for schools
  • Increasing frequency of newsletters and developing content
  • Leading and co-ordinating campaigns and strategic positions relevant to CISC and Catholic education (e.g. response to Green paper)

3. To develop training and development opportunities for CISC members’ schools and the wider Catholic community, by –

  • Reviewing structure and content of study days to ensure challenging issues are addressed e.g. equalities, transgender, what is excellence?
  • Developing a training offer for CISC schools on Catholic mission (e.g. INSET days, twilight sessions)
  • Focusing on development of training of RE teachers in CISC schools

4. To co-ordinate opportunities for students in CISC schools and the wider Catholic community, by

  • Extending the scope and challenge of annual competitions (e.g. by introducing a poetry competition)
  • Providing a platform for leadership among the students (e.g. students as guest bloggers) and leadership development
  • Developing opportunities for spiritual growth for students (e.g. prayer resources, CISC pilgrimage to Taizé?)

5. To develop and extend the partnerships which promote Catholic education, by –

  • Promoting and developing partnerships with the Catholic maintained sector with a view to contributing to the common good and public benefit
  • Developing constructive partnerships and links with Catholic ecclesial bodies, especially the Bishops’ Conference, CES, Diocesan Directors of Education, religious orders, local deaneries and parishes
  • To develop partnerships with other Catholic agencies, especially CATSC, Networking, EducareM, Ten Ten Theatre Company, Redemptorist Publications, and CAFOD
  • To develop as appropriate constructive partnerships with the ISC associations and encourage CISC members to play an active role in their associations.

January 2017