All members of the school community share in this leadership and Principals have the overall responsibility of leading it. Key roles have special responsibilities in promoting and nurturing identity throughout the school. This document aims to highlight the key aspects of Identity leadership and the particular roles undertaken by Identity Leaders. It is envisaged it will support schools in the further development of Identity Leadership and the role of the Identity Leader.
Each school identifies an individual who acts as the Identity Leader. This role provides leadership in the area and is usually part of the leadership team of the school. EREA supports this role through various networking, formation and professional development opportunities throughout the year. This provides the Identity Leader with opportunities to build professional learning communities and work collaboratively with others in the EREA and Associate schools network.
A variety of different models of practice for Identity leadership exist across EREA schools. Experience has shown that Identity Leadership is enhanced when a team approach is taken. A number of schools have developed Identity teams to lead the many tasks associated with this area of school life. Depending on size and resources, some schools have designated roles while others have incorporated tasks into existing roles. Examples of designated roles include: Campus Minister, Curriculum Leader – Justice and Peace, Retreat Coordinator, Ministry Convenor, Service and Solidarity Leaning Coordinator. Team members work collaboratively with the designated Identity Leader to further enhance and promote the Identity and mission of the school.
Each school develops their Identity Leader role and teams to respond to the particular circumstances of that school. Due to the diversity across the EREA network, the role and responsibilities of the Identity Leader will differ from one school to the other. The following framework provides an overview of possible roles and responsibilities as well as areas of leadership relevant to the Identity Leader and team.