Tie up to produce future Christian school leaders

Published: 30 June 2014 at 16:01

Anglia Ruskin to work with Diocese to develop pioneering vocational course

Teaching professionals can benefit from a partnership to deliver the first course in Christian School Leadership in the region.

Anglia Ruskin University and the Diocese of Chelmsford have agreed to develop and offer together a Postgraduate course, to develop school leadership across Essex and East London. The course will have a particular resonance in Church schools, which account for more than a quarter of the nation’s primary schools, as it will focus on leadership in a Christian context.

Potential participants do not need to profess a personal faith, but will have a passion for developing a Christian ethos in Church schools and through their own practice.  The course is open to any school leader who wants to further their own vocational development.

Reverend Tim Elbourne, Director of Education in Chelmsford Diocese, said:

“Experience tells us when school leaders are able to connect their personal convictions and faith journeys with their professional life, their motivation and confidence is developed and their schools are likely to thrive. This course will develop confidence and competence and offer an important professional development opportunity. It will also be an accredited pathway into leadership and it will also be a Postgraduate qualification.
“Church schools led by people with a clear educational philosophy, based on inclusive Christian principles, flourish. Church schools and schools affiliated to the Diocese make up a significant proportion of the provision in our region and we seek to develop excellent leadership.”

Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford said:

“No human enterprise flourishes without good, enabling leadership being exercised at every level; and training leaders for the future is vital for the health and wellbeing of every organisation. The partnership between Chelmsford diocese and Anglia Ruskin University on the Postgraduate Programme in Christian School Leadership marks a significant development that I hope will enable Church schools in this country to be better led and to flourish. I am proud to be part of it.”

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to move the work we are doing in schools into a new dimension which could only be brought about through partnership. The two parties are neighbours and we welcome an even closer working relationship with the Diocese of Chelmsford. It gives an opportunity for us to work together to bring through the next generation of school leaders.”

The development of the course is being led by Dr Simon Pratt-Adams for Anglia Ruskin and Reverend Tim Elbourne for the Diocese. Work will now begin between the two parties to formulate the syllabus, and it is hoped the course will be available to take in 2015.