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Leadership Programmes

CISC, in partnership with EducareM and the Catholic Education Service, is pleased to offer a range of formational programmes for colleagues at different stages of their careers in Catholic education.

CISC collaborates with EducareM and the National School of Formation on the following programmes:

  • Tabor Programme – Middle and Senior Leaders
  • Christ the Teacher – Leaders and Experienced Governors
  • Educarem and CISC programme for authentic Governance Foundation

CISC collaborates with the CES on their Formatio Programme for Executive Leadership.

Tabor Programme

Talking of new beginnings, the CISC leadership formation programme ‘Tabor’ is now registering expressions of interest for the academic year 2024-2025. Devised in collaboration with EducareM and targeted at middle and senior leaders, the Tabor programme is designed to show how gospel values and the principles of Catholic social Teaching inform school leadership practically, personally and professionally. Rooted in the authentic mission of the church in education, the programme includes visits to schools and online reflection groups to underpin learning and promote reflective leadership between the two residential opportunities.

The Tabor Programme

Residential 1: Thursday 17th – Friday 18th October 2024

Residential 2: Thursday 19th – Friday 20th June 2025

Cost: £1075.  There is a £500 bursary available for CISC schools bringing the cost to you down to £575.  For further information about this wonderful opportunity and to hear more, please do get in touch with me (Sarah) on  07525 157 599 or to book expressions of interest please follow this link:


Programme experiences and outcomes can be linked to your annual appraisal cycle.

If you are interested or know of a suitable candidate, please get in touch with Sarah.

Christ the Teacher – Leaders and experienced Governors

The Christ the Teacher programme is designed for serving headteachers and governors, aiming to ‘kindle the fire’ and promote a renewed confidence and sense of mission for leaders in Catholic schools.  It is open to all Headteachers, of any denomination, and is a unique and innovative journey of professional and personal formation.

Cost:  £1995, including a bursary from EducareM.  A further bursary of £500 is available from CISC, bringing the cost to your school to £1495.  For further information please do get in touch with me to hear more about this wonderful opportunity for transformation, or please follow the link:

Christ the Teacher Programme

To book an expression of interest please e-mail:

EducareM programme for authentic Governance Formation

Promoting and enabling clear vision, authentic ethos and mission focused strategic direction.

The programme is online and delivered over 3 sessions, with each comprising of a keynote presentation, facilitated structured conversation and feedback.

Governance Formation and Training

Programme facilitator: Sarah Barreto, CISC

Dates for academic year 2024-25 will be released shortly.

Cost: £100 for all 3 sessions or £40 per session (for all staff and governors)

In addition to these programmes of formation there is also the Annual Headteachers’ National Retreat, designed to nourish, strengthen and support the spiritual wellbeing of Headteachers and governors.

Twelth Annual Headteachers’ National Retreat

Living Differently

Retreat leader: Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ

Dates: 13 – 14 June 2024 Cost:£375 (+ £120 if booking early arrival on the Wednesday 12 June 2024)

Venue: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Brinklow Road, Binley, Warwickshire, CV3 2AB.

Further details available at:


Formatio is aimed at those leading, or aspiring to lead, two to four Catholic schools with a focus on faith formation and professional development in the context of the relatively new and evolving role of executive leadership.

It features input from experienced executive headteachers, area specialists and other stakeholders.


The programme is held at the beautiful Stanbrook Abbey Hotel, Worcester, the home to the Second English Benedictine Congregation of Nuns from 1838 to 2009.

The total cost of the programme is £800 per delegate.

Further details are available at:

If you are interested, please get in touch at: