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National School of Formation

The National School of Formation


As Catholic educators pursue their true mission and core purpose in schools, many are encountering a growing tension between national education policy and their intentions and aspiration for children and young people.  


The National School of Formation has been established to support the call for more effective ad appropriate provision for Headteachers and Governors to realise the true mission of the Church in education.


The National School of Formation is a programme and vehicle to:


  • Support the personal and spiritual development of leaders in education for the renewal of society.
  • explore ways of developing the vision and mission for Catholic education.
  • be a powerful voice for Catholic educators in local and national forums.


"The mission of the Church is to evangelize, for the interior transformation and the renewal of humanity.  For young people, the school is one of the ways for this evangelization to take place".


The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School, 1988 #66


Please open the pdf file below for further information.

National School of Formation Booklet

Booking form for the National School of Formation

Timetable for year of formation


Part 1 - Annual Headteachers' National Retreat June 15th - 16th June 2017(option of arriving on the night of the 14th  June)


       Part 2 – Immersion Event October 4th  (with the possibility of arriving the evening of the 3rd) till  October 6th 2017.


Part 3 - Theological reflection into transformational practice.  January 10th - 11th  2018


Part 4 - Theological reflection, advocacy for transformation.  March 7th - 8th 2018


Transformational Projects across the UK for Headteachers are arranged on an individual/small group basis.


For further information please contact Brendan Duffy at 07495 294562 or Sr Judith Russi at or mobile number 07729 014144.