EREA provides senior leaders in our schools with a range of professional opportunities designed to support their professional growth, develop their leadership capacity and encourage further formation in leadership in an Edmund Rice context.
Over the past six years, EREA has provided senior leaders in our schools with a range of professional opportunities designed to support their professional growth, develop their leadership capacity and encourage further formation in leadership in an Edmund Rice context. These opportunities have included: National and Regional network meetings, National Conferences, a Women in Leadership program, sabbatical and immersion opportunities, formation activities, participation in research forums and working parties, an Emerging Leaders program and short-term Acting Principal and Deputy Principal appointments.
In looking to the future, EREA wishes to further develop the concept of succession planning by offering our Deputy Principals the opportunity to shadow an experienced EREA Principal with a view to learning more about the complexities, challenges and joys of leading an authentic Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition.
The program is designed to complement other existing Leadership Programs offered by EREA and other Diocesan, tertiary and professional providers.
The ‘Shadowing an EREA Principal Program’ aims to offer participants the opportunity to:
It is hoped that by offering this program, EREA will to continue to motivate and support our leaders of the future by providing a meaningful professional experience guided by the example of our current Principals.
The ‘Shadowing an EREA Principal Program’ is specifically targeted for those Deputy Principals who show a genuine interest in Principalship and/or have been identified by their current Principal or Director – Regional Support (DRS) as a potential leader of an EREA school. The program is open to all EREA Deputy Principals who have had a minimum of three years’ experience in their current role and have successfully completed a Formative Performance Review. Selection in not automatic and participants must comply with the terms and conditions of the application process.
EREA will provide a grant of $1500 to the nominated Deputy Principal’s school to offset any costs associated with travel, accommodation and relief / replacement costs. All other costs will be met by the nominated Deputy Principal’s school. It is not anticipated that the host school will incur any costs as a result of participating in the program.
“If EREA is to have a prophetic voice in Catholic education and the life of the Church, our leaders must be people of great faith and positive agents for change and in this context, we must always be mindful that quality leadership in an Edmund Rice school should never be taken for granted.”