Vicariate for Education

Professional Development and Formation


Opportunities for Professional Development and Formation are listed here. These include those in the DDfE PD&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.

Professional Development and Formation Programme

The Professional Development and Formation Programme 2023 – 2024 provides a range of opportunities for those leading, working in and governing our Diocesan schools.

To download the latest Professional Development and Formation Programme 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.

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:

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.


External Courses

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