The leaders of Catholic schools balance, at the core of their professional practices, the essential interplay between Catholic identity, faith formation and the stewardship of a broad set of outcomes that are indicative of a quality Catholic education. Such responsibilities and related accountabilities are too important to be left to only one person or one leader. Middle leaders have a vital role to play in connecting leadership with learning and ensuring a harmonious connection between learning and faith.

The Catholic Schools’ Middle Leadership Program (MLP) encompasses a targeted and purposeful use of dialogic learning (learning that takes place as a result of egalitarian dialogue), practical workplace application (through a personal leadership project) and guided self-reflection. The program is delivered over an extended six-month duration to ensure participants have time to fully integrate their learning into their everyday practice. The leadership of Catholic schools is inclusive – it requires the collective efforts and partnerships of many to enable students to be the best they can be. The MLP is designed to support middle leaders within their schools to be part of the collective endeavour to achieve this aspiration. The MLP is open to teachers in Positions of Added Responsibility (POR) or exercising leadership in other capacities. The program is focused on the effective execution of middle leadership and is therefore equally suitable for leaders intending to stay in the middle leadership tier as well as those moving towards higher leadership roles.​

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A powerful learning experience linking self, school and system

Key learning intentions

Growing as a leader within the context of self, school and the Catholic education system, through:

Understanding one’s own capabilities and practices as an influential learner and leader​

leading inspiring environments which are gender-inclusive within the Catholic context

building, leading and managing professional learning teams

driving positive change through collaborative frameworks 

mapping personal career and leadership growth

engaging in evidence-based work-integrated professional learning.​

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