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Are you an aspiring Headteacher for one of our primary or secondary schools? If so, this article is a calling for you to take that step and become a leader of a school faith community.

You may be aware that we have a shortage of colleagues who put themselves forward for this vital role and yet there are many of you who demonstrate a real passion in your work with children. Hallam Teaching School in Sheffield and the Ebor Teaching School in York will be running for the third year a programme for those of you with recent successful experiences of senior leadership and management in your school. You may already be working in a church school – but this is not a requirement.

This programme is an opportunity to be involved in an innovative, high profile, professional development programme which will give you:- a clear understanding of leadership in a church school; identification of best practice in church schools following a placement and will involve coaching from experienced church school leaders.

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This year’s successful participants in the ‘Aspiring Leaders in Church Schools’ course with facilitators

Many of those who have already taken part have taken up the mantle of Headship. Each participant has found it one of the most worthwhile programmes that they have been on. Typical quotes are:- “It has really been a fabulous programme so far. I have loved every minute of it – the speakers and facilitators are inspirational,” and “Discussion and reflection were invaluable – you can’t get this anywhere else!”

The programme is part funded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and sponsored by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. So what have you got to lose? Be brave and take that step!

For an informal discussion, potential participants can contact: Brian Crosby, Principal, Manor CE Academy, York – b.crosby@manorceacademy.org; 01904 798722.

Jane Willis, Headteacher, Notre Dame Catholic High School, Sheffield – jwillis@notredame-high.co.uk; 0114 230 2536.

Further details can be found on the following website as well as applications:

http://www.ebor-tsa.org/cpd_succession_planning/aspiring_leaders_in_church_schools/

Completed applications should be emailed to j.pearson@ebor-tsa.org.