Teacher training & development

Lifelong learning

Our workforce are the most valuable resource in our schools and as such we care about their ongoing development.

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Initial teacher training

We have a commitment to the development of new entrants to the profession and want our schools to have a high quality workforce. Initial teacher training is currently undertaken in a variety of ways across the archdiocese, for example school based training via Schools Direct or SCITT and university led training with school placements.

Learn more about these routes into teaching.

Continuous Professional Development 

An extensive programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is offered to all schools and includes support for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) through to aspiring and serving Deputy Headteachers and Headteachers across both primary and secondary phases.

The Archdiocese works in partnership with the North West Catholic Dioceses of Lancaster, Salford, Shrewsbury and Wrexham to deliver professional development, designed to prepare leaders for their role in Catholic Schools.  The North West Catholic Dioceses Training Partnership offers the following:

Newly qualified teachers

We recognise that this first year can be demanding and, therefore, as a newly qualified teacher, you will have access to focussed support during your first year of teaching to enable you to develop your role within a Catholic school.

You will have access to:

- Continuous professional development from NQT through middle leadership to senior leadership.

- Talent management and succession planning.

- Participation in research and development.

New headteachers

As a leader of a Catholic school, your role is central to the lives of the children and young people in your care. Your role can be a demanding one, as well as a rewarding one.You will have a designated Diocesan Schools Officer who will offer you support in your leadership, and an induction programme which offers overarching support together with personalised programme to meet your needs.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies is designed for those engaged in the communication of their Catholic Faith, whether directly or indirectly. It is open to teachers - primary and secondary; catechists, people involved in liturgical work and other interested adults.

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) is awarded by the Board of Religious Studies of the Bishops’ of England and Wales.

North West Training hubs

The North-West Training Hubs foster collaborative working and learning across regions and disciplines. 

They support workforce planning and development, provide education programme coordination, and ensure quality of education, aiming to achieve a workforce excellently equiped to meet the present and future needs.