Vicariate for Education

Continuing Professional Development and Formation

Overview

Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development and Formation are listed here. These include those in the DDfE CPD&F programme, the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies programme (CCRS), and external courses.

 

Career Pathway

The DDfE is developing a career pathway for teachers in Catholic schools. More information will follow.

Continuing Professional Development and Formation Programme

The Continuing Professional Development and Formation Programme 2021 – 2022 provides a range of opportunities for those leading, working in and governing our diocesan schools.

To download the Continuing Professional Development and Formation Programme for 2021–22 please click here.

Course Booking

The DDfE aims to provide professional development that will enable staff and governors to better serve the mission of the Church through their role in education. Opportunities for personal formation are an integral part of this

To find out more about our courses and training opportunities please click here.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is managed and awarded by the Board of Religious Studies on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. It was introduced in 1991 to replace its predecessors, the Catholic Teachers’ Certificate and the Certificate in Religious Education.

The course seeks to ensure that participants have at least a basic knowledge and understanding of the beliefs of the Catholic faith. It also provides a basis for further study.

Response to COVID–19

As a result of the pandemic, we took the decision to deliver CCRS modules via Zoom, so that participants could continue to study in safety. Following positive feedback for virtual sessions, this academic year we are offering a blended approach of face-to-face delivery and modules delivered virtually. This will allow participants to choose an approach which suits them most. Where physical sessions take place, they will be delivered in a Covid safe environment, and we will continue to follow the Government’s latest guidance.

Should you have any queries please email: education@diocesehn.org.uk.

A short guide to CCRS

Are you interested in deepening your understanding of the Catholic Faith? Watch the video below for a short clip explaining what’s involved in the CCRS.

Who is the CCRS for?

• Catechists, lay leaders and other adults wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith and Catholic Education
• Serving teachers in Catholic and other schools
• Teachers in training preparing to take up posts in Catholic schools.

Resources

External Courses

Opportunities for external courses will be listed below once they are available.