CEIST – Leadership in a Catholic School

Leadership in a Catholic School
preparation course for aspiring leaders of CEIST Schools


  • Have you got what it takes to lead a Faith School?
  • Would you be prepared to attend a three/four day programme in Summer or Spring?
  • Are you willing to self reflect?


Programme Details:


  • This course is run twice a year by CEIST, in Summer and Spring time.


  • The course will be run in different venues in Ireland. Previous areas were Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny and Limerick.


  • To nurture your leadership potential.

How much?

  • There is no charge for this course for teachers in CEIST schools.
  • Charges will apply to teachers attending from non-CEIST schools.

How do I sign up?

  • Obtain your Principal’s consent.
  • Announcement will be made on the CEIST website for dates of next course.
  • Application form will be available on the CEIST website closer to beginning of course.
  • Course places are limited. System will only accept the first 36 applications received.


  • CEIST Certification awarded to those who complete all sessions.


Programme Outline

below is a description of some of the sessions offered at this course:


CEIST—The role of the Trust
This session will cover the role of trusteeship in Irish second-level Education and under civil & Canon Law. The relationship between CEIST and Boards of Management will also be explored as will the role of the Board of Management.


Spirituality and the Emerging Leader
‘We teach who we are’; we lead from inside. This session provides emerging leaders with an opportunity to bring their own spiritualties into conversation with the wisdom of the Christian tradition.


Share the Good News
Review of Share the Good News, the National Directory for Catechesis which inspires the work of schools in Ireland.


Journey to Senior Management—Lived as a Faith Leader
Input from a serving Deputy Principal.


Self Awareness and Interpersonal Skills
School leadership styles can be very diverse but are often informed on an individual basis by a combination of personality type and educational values. School leaders create a vision for their school based on a set of shared educational values and the implementation of these values. Resulting staff relationships will be significantly influenced by their personality preferences. Understanding these components can be very helpful to teachers who are interested in pursuing a leadership role in education.


The Catholic School and the CEIST Charter
This session attempts to facilitate an articulation of our Catholic identity. An interactive session will allow for exploration of the meaning of Catholic education in the day to day living of our CEIST Charter values. Here we will explore your school in a Catholic context and examine how it lives up to being a Catholic school.


Leadership of Gospel Values
This session will focus on the Landscape of Catholic Post Primary Education in Ireland with particular emphasis on the role of the leader, the Catholic school, and Gospel values as articulated by the CEIST Charter.


Practical Leadership
Through use of case studies and scenarios, this session looks at some aspects of what makes a good leader.
Specific areas include:
• Managing Change
• Managing Others
• Leading Learning