Leadership Programme

The Culham St Gabriel’s Leadership Programme
Finding your voice as a leader of Religion and Worldviews 2022-23

Applications are now closed for our next leadership programme cohort to begin in September 2022.

Listen to Katie discuss how the Leadership Programme transformed her career on the RE Podcast

The RE Podcast Season 5 Episode 10 The one about the Leadership Programme

Claire Clinton, Lead Consultant for the Leadership Programme introduces the programme.

Programme Outline

The funded programme aims to develop leaders in the following four areas.


Programme Partners

The programme builds on the hugely successful AREIAC Revitalise scheme. It is funded by Culham St Gabriel’s and the Jerusalem Trust. It brings together the following organisations who all have representatives on the steering group which oversees the programme:

  • Association of RE Advisers, Inspectors and Consultants (AREIAC)
  • Association of University Lecturers on RE (AULRE)
  • Learn, Teach, Lead RE (LTLRE)
  • National Association of SACREs (NASACRE)
  • National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE)
  • RE Council of England and Wales (REC)

Stage 1

This stage is for those local or regional leaders who are beginning to work across more than one school. For example, leading Religion and Worldviews across a MAT or supporting other schools in a Federation and/or leading a local group or hub. Some NATRE Regional Ambassadors, SLEs, REQM Gold award RE leads or LTLRE Hub leads might find this Stage of CPD helpful.

You can download the Stage 1 participant guide below.

Stage 2

This Stage is for teachers who have completed Stage 1 and/or for those who already have a regional/national role and would like to develop their expertise further. This stage is particularly for teachers/advisers who are likely to continue their specialism into senior leadership roles within or outside of their school situation. Those who are seeking to become advisers, ambassadors or an Executive member of one of the RE Organisations are particularly encouraged to apply.  You can download the Stage 2 participant guide below.


We are delighted to announce that from January 2022 we have registered as a learning partner with the Chartered College of Teaching. This means we can help you work towards CTeach (Chartered Teacher Status) if you would like to as part of this programme.

More details will be given to successful applicants.

This will be an optional part of the programme in 2022-23.

More information about Chartered Teacher Status can be found at https://chartered.college/chartered-teacher/

What do current participants say? 

It was great to be able to engage with the concept of leadership on more of a strategic and theoretical way.


I have got loads from the programme so far. I have seen RE in a different light – in terms of bigger picture and national. I really enjoyed the research module of the TEACH RE course we are covering. I am doing something now for a diocese and am now feeling confident to bring it to my group. I wouldn’t have had the confidence – this programme has made me think I can do this.


Mentors have been brilliant. Having time with someone to talk about leadership has been really incredibly helpful.


The mentors have been brilliant – words of wisdom and the right recipe. I really enjoyed being part of the reading group – great to have dialogue – zoom didn’t hinder the process in any way. It is all making sense to me now – at the time I found them hard, but it was good for me to be stretched.


There can be a fear of saying the wrong thing. Having this smaller community, enabling us to speak out, is great as a foundation. I feel so much more confident now outside of my schools to speak about RE.


Applying for a place

Applications are now closed.


Stage 1 Participant Guide


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Stage 1 Headteacher Information


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Stage 2 Participant Guide


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Stage 2 Headteacher Information


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Headteacher Undertaking/Agreement


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Current Participants

We are delighted to announce that after a robust application and selection process the following began the Leadership Programme in September 2021.

Stage 1

Emma Adam, Wyvern College

Alexia Charalambous, Elmhurst Primary School @ElmhurstPrimary

Merryn Evans, Redland Green School @MerrynEvans

Catherine Hughes, St Cuthberts Catholic High School @hugh3sy09

Tom Kingsley Jones, Churchmead School, @ChurchmeadSch

Ruth Marx, Morpeth School, @MzMarxRE

Naila Missous, Old Trafford Community Academy, @educatormissm

Nadia Nadeem, Rose Lane Primary School @NadiaRE10

Sarah Payne, NATRE Executive, @SPayneRE

Claire Ramilli, Ratton Academy, @MsRamalli

Tracy Westlake, Marlbrook Primary School

Stage 2

Andrew Davis, St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form, @MrAJCDavis

Liz Halfpenny, Coop Academy Priesthorpe, @liz_halfpenny

Jennifer Harding Richards, Bishop Gore School,  @MrsH_R

Adam Holdsworth, Chiltern Learning Trust/Denbigh High School, @AdamHoldsworth1

Helen Jones, Independent Consultant, @jonesh4711

Joe Kinnaird, The Cooper Company and Coborn School, @josephkinnaird

Rebecca Lewis, Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy @rebeccajnokes

Chris May, Park Community School, @Chris_May11

Karen Steele, Stratford Girls’ Grammar School, @SteeleHeidi

Debbie Yeomans, St Margarets Church of England Primary School, @yeomans_debbie