INSET Training and CPD

Our INSET training programme offers a wide range of professional development input for leadership, staff and governors in Catholic schools. The training is bespoke and will be agreed in consultation with the needs of the school. Sessions can vary from whole day INSET sessions on Catholic mission to weekend or twilight sessions for governors.

The lead trainer is Raymond Friel, General Secretary of CISC. Raymond has fourteen years of experience as a Headteacher in Outstanding Catholic schools. He was a National Leader of Education from 2009 to 2016 and an Ofsted inspector from 2015. He is the best-selling author of a number of books on Catholic education and spirituality, including How to Survive Working in a Catholic School (with Sister Judith Russi), How to Survive in Leadership in a Catholic School and Gospel Values for Catholic Schools.

CISC training is free to CISC members’ schools, with only travel expenses to be covered. For Associate Members, generous discounts for INSET training are available. Raymond will lead your training personally, subject to availability. If that is not possible, he will endeavour to facilitate training by other speakers. In that case, schools will have to pay according to the conditions of the other provider.

Examples of what training sessions CISC could offer:

  • What is Distinctive About a Catholic School?
  • Reviewing Your School’s Catholic Mission
  • Gospel Values for Catholic Schools
  • Spiritual Leadership in Catholic Schools

For more information or to book your INSET training please contact Raymond Friel at with CISC INSET in the subject box.


Secretariat INSET Training and CPD Diary 2017/18

18 May 2017      St. George’s Weybridge: keynote address to CISC conference on the Catholic School and Gospel Values

20 May 2017      St. George’s Weybridge: presentation to governors on The Distinctive Character of a Catholic Independent School

17 June 2017      NetCet Colloquium at Liverpool Hope University: keynote address on Applied Gospel Values

16 Aug 2017        St. Aloysius’ College, Glasgow: presentation to staff training day

4 Sept 2017         Farnborough Hill: presentation to staff training day

5 Sept 2017         St. Antony’s School for Boys, Hampstead: presentation to staff training day

6 Sept 2017         Holy Cross Prep School, Kingston-upon-Thames: presentation to staff training day

27 Sept 2017       Guest of Honour and speaker at the Catholic Blind Institute AGM, St. Vincent’s, Liverpool

20 Oct 2017         Keynote address to the West Derby Network of Catholic Schools joint INSET day

11 Nov 2017        North West Dioceses Catholic Leadership Programme, Salford: keynote address

5 Jan 2018           Keynote address to the Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School cluster group, St. Alban’s

16 Feb 2018       MANCEP joint INSET day for Manchester Catholic schools: keynote address

9 June 2018       South Wales Church Schools Leadership Programme: keynote address