Callum Timms

MPhil (Education System Leadership and Change)

Twitter: @MrTimmsRE

Research title: A critical analysis of contemporary challenges to Catholic schools in Scotland.

Additional Information


Callum Timms is a Principal Teacher of Guidance at St Columba's RC High School in Dunfermline. He has a passion for social justice and a keen interest in Catholic education.

A graduate of the University of Glasgow's MA (Hons) Religious and Philosophical Education with Secondary Teaching undergraduate degree programme, Callum is committed to using the drive and determination which was instilled during this time to support the young people now in his care. He remains a focused learner who is committed to ongoing professional learning and formation.

As an accomplished public speaker, Callum has presented, chaired or supported a number of events including co-presenting BBC One Scotland's Reflections at the Quay on Easter Sunday in 2022, speaking on behalf of the Student Pastoral Planning Team at the University of Glasgow’s Cardinal Winning Lecture while he was an undergraduate sudent, chairing the question sessions at subsequent Cardinal Winning Lectures, addressing the North Lanarkshire Catholic Primary Headteachers conference and leading safeguarding training in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh. In addition to supporting the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh's safeguarding work, Callum is also a member of the archdiocesan Commission for Caritas, Justice and Peace. At St Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Bo'ness, Callum leads on the parish's catechetical work and pastoral outreach and is currently Chair of the Parish Pastoral Council.

Callum's interest in mental health, particularly in relation to young people, has been supported by training including Scotland's Mental Health First Aid course and Place2Be's Mental Health Champions programme. His interest in digital learning has grown through receiving accreditation as a Microsoft Innovative Educator and Apple Teacher.

Career History

  • 2018 - 2019: Probationer Teacher of Religious Education
    St Augustine's RC High School, Edinburugh
  • 2019 - 2022: Teacher of Religious Education
    St Augustine's RC High School, Edinburgh
  • 2021 - 2022: Pupil Support Leader (Acting)
    St Augustine's RC High School, Edinburgh
  • August - October 2022: Teacher of Religious Education
    St Columba's RC High School, Dunfermline
  • October 2022 - Present: Principal Teacher of Guidance
    St Columba's RC High School, Dunfermline 


Catholic education and Catholic schools, religious education in Catholic schools, impact of poverty on education, digital learning, mental health and wellbeing, pastoral support in Catholic schools, and safeguarding in education and Church settings.