Research title: An examination of the extent to which teacher induction programmes in religious independent schools are anchored in the founding congregation’s charism.
The communication of a school’s identity and its underpinning ethos, which in some cases has been shaped by a religious institute, is a matter of fundamental importance. Successive ecclesial documents acknowledge the move within schools from it being led by members of religious institutes to lay staff. This transition reinforces the need to provide appropriate induction when a member of staff joins a school. Teacher induction begins a process of a school communicating elements of its ethos and Catholic identity. It is also an opportunity to share its educational approach, its educational anthropology and also, in many cases, the subtle elements of the founding vision which would enable a member of staff to model that charism.
Christian has been a teacher for over twenty years in day, boarding, maintained and independent schools. He has been in senior leadership roles since 2008. Previous experience includes being Deputy Head, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Head of Sixth Form, Housemaster and Senior Tutor. Teaching experience includes history, philosophy, politics, religious studies and the EPQ.
Having been a Regional Coordinator for ISTIP, Christian has worked extensively with the development of Early Career Teachers. An ISI Team and Boarding Inspector since 2012, Christian was trained as a Reporting Inspector in 2022. Prior experience also includes being an external examiner for AQA and OCR. Christian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.
He holds a BA in archaeology from the University of York, a PhB in philosophy from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, an STB in theology also from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome and an MA in Medieval Studies from the University of Wales.
His research interests include: professional development, appraisal, strategic leadership, educational budgets, school inspections, philosophy of education, history of teaching religious institutes, school ethos, the historical development of education and Mary Ward.