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 congregation, is a matter of fundamental importance. Successive ecclesial documents acknowledge the move within schools from it being led by members of religious congregations to lay teachers. This transition reinforces the need to provide appropriate induction when a candidate begins teaching at such 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 teacher to model that charism.
Christian has been a teacher for over twenty years in day, boarding, maintained and independent schools. He has undertaken inspections for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) and Catholic Schools Inspections (CSI).
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 congregations, school ethos and character.