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This programme is unique in that it is the only Catholic School Leadership master's programme offered currently in the UK, supporting specifically the distinctive leadership development for people at all levels of Catholic education, integrating a Catholic philosophy of education with the principles and practice of effective school leadership.
- This course integrates a Catholic philosophy of education with the principles and practice of contemporary school leadership.
- About one-third of the 150-plus students are senior leaders - headteachers and college principals; deputies and assistant heads.
- The majority of our students gain promotion while studying for their MA.
Why study Catholic School Leadership: Principles & Practice?
This highly regarded postgraduate degree will be of interest to all who hold or are aiming for leadership positions in Catholic schools and colleges.
About one-third of the 150-plus students are senior leaders - head teachers and college principals; deputies and assistant heads. The other two-thirds are subject or pastoral leaders, primary curriculum coordinators, classroom leaders or aspiring school leaders.
All are welcome and will enjoy participating. Securing quality leaders committed to modelling leadership on Christ constitutes one of the key challenges for Catholic and indeed all Christian schools.
This course aims to promote a vision that sees the maintenance of a balance between school improvement and Catholic distinctiveness as a feature of the mission of schools and colleges.
Why St Mary's?
Several students have cited the flexibility of this degree as a particular advantage since it is possible to complete the programme within one to five years.
The variety of modes of delivery, including blended and full-distance, also makes the programme especially attractive. The combination of personalised learning and tutorial support - together with the excellent reading materials and online resources - is noted by students as distinctive.
The course helps students understand the core aims and values of a Catholic school while encouraging them to reflect upon the reality of practice within their schools.
The programme can be completed in a minimum of one year (two semesters) full-time or two years (four semesters) part-time. The maximum allowed is five years (ten semesters), although you will normally be expected to complete the course within three academic years (six semesters).
To request a copy of the MA Catholic School Leadership information pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming open days and webinars
We'll be running events for you to find out more about Catholic School Leadership: Principles & Practice MA, PGDip, PGCert on the following dates:
Thursday 16th February 2023, 5pm
Wednesday 22nd March 2023, 5pm
Wednesday 19th April 2023, 5pm
Wednesday 24th May 2023, 5pm
Monday 12th June 2023, 5pm
Monday 10th July 2023, 5pm
Dr Caroline Healy
Course Lead - MA in Catholic School Leadership