E: School & System Leaders

LEVEL E: School or System Leader 

From the policy

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay exist to educate and form students in Catholic discipleship. The ongoing evangelisation and Catholic formation of leaders and staff of Catholic schools holds a central place in the fulfilment of this purpose. As the Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education states:

For the Catholic educator, religious formation … must be a part of and a complement to one’s professional formation, and … be proportionate … religious formation must be oriented toward both personal holiness and apostolic mission… two inseparable elements in a Christian vocation. “Formation for apostolic mission means a certain human and well-rounded formation, adapted to the natural abilities and circumstances of each person” and requires “in addition to spiritual formation, … solid doctrinal instruction … in theology, ethics and philosophy”. Nor can we forget, in the case of an educator, adequate formation in the social teachings of the Church, which are ” an integral part of the Christian concept of life “,(49) and help to keep intensely alive the kind of social sensitivity that is needed.(50) 
(Lay Catholics in Schools: Witnesses to Faith, 65)

Leadership at this level refers to

  1. Principals, Assistant Principals, Religious Education Coordinators/ Directors and Leaders of Evangelisation and Catholic Formation, and Youth Ministry Coordinators
  2. Certain designated Catholic Schools Office senior staff and Education Officers;

Broken Bay Diocesan Mission Accreditation
In addition to the qualifications and competencies pertinent to their professional role, persons appointed to these roles for 2017 onwards, must:

  1. be practising Catholics accredited to teach Religious Education and appropriately formed to be witnesses to the Gospel
  2. have completed a minimum of six units of study at a Masters level in Scripture, Theology, Religious Education and/or Catholic Leadership in an approved Catholic tertiary institution.
    These six units must be in addition to any units completed within a Graduate Certificate. They should not be the same e.g. Introduction to Scripture

Provisional accreditation will be granted for a period of up to four years.


What do I need to do?
If you meet Mission Accreditation requirements

Apply online for Mission Accreditation and you will receive confirmation of your Mission Accreditation status via email once it has been processed.

Click here to learn more about the Diocese of Broken Bay and its Community of Catholic Schools


If you do not meet Mission Accreditation requirements
Step One: Apply for Provisional Mission Accreditation

A school or system leader may be provisionally accredited for a period of up to four years on the condition of attainment of six units of study at a Masters level in Religious Education, Scripture, Theology, and/or Catholic Leadership in an approved Catholic tertiary institution Apply online for provisional Mission Accreditation and you will receive confirmation of your Mission Accreditation status via email once it has been processed.

Step Two: Research, discuss and decide on a course of study

Research, discuss and decide on a course of study that includes six units of study at a Masters level in Religious Education, Scripture, Theology, and/or Catholic Leadership in an approved Catholic tertiary institution. Click here for advice re post-graduate courses and scholarships.


If you do not meet Mission Accreditation requirements
Step One: Apply for Provisional Mission Accreditation

A school or system leader may be provisionally accredited for a period of up to four years on the condition of attainment of six units of study at a Masters level in Religious Education, Scripture, Theology, and/or Catholic Leadership in an approved Catholic tertiary institution Apply online for provisional Mission Accreditation and you will receive confirmation of your Mission Accreditation status via email once it has been processed.

Step Two: Research, discuss and decide on a course of study

Research, discuss and decide on a course of study that includes six units of study at a Masters level in Religious Education, Scripture, Theology, and/or Catholic Leadership in an approved Catholic tertiary institution. Click here for advice re post-graduate courses and scholarships.


Mission Accreditation Renewal

All school and system leaders, in addition to maintaining the currency of requirements expected of permanent teachers, are expected to complete the equivalent of a further five days of professional learning, mission formation or formal study every five years specifically related to the Catholic faith, Catholic education, Religious Education and/or Catholic school leadership. School and system leaders are not required to maintain Mission Accreditation logs as they meet these requirements by virtue of their participation in opportunities for professional learning and mission formation provided by the CSO

All school and system leaders are encouraged to participate in Mission Formation programs and other relevant short courses, programs, conferences and events.

Click here for Mission Formation programs.

Click here for regularly updated calendar of short courses, programs, conferences and events.