Thursday, 06 June 2024 15:26

Pilgrims of hope - creating a culture of chaplaincy

Tom Baptist presentationMany of the 2,169 Catholic schools, colleges and academies in England and Wales employ chaplains to address the social, emotional and spiritual needs of students and staff.

However, a lack of career progression and limited pay can result in low numbers of applicants for school chaplaincy vacancies, with chaplains stretched between multiple sites, and who then move on to jobs with better prospects.

Tom Baptist is Director of Chaplaincy at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Multi-Academy Trust. In collaboration with the Diocese of Nottingham Education Service, he has highlighted and addressed this issue by establishing a career pathway from apprentice level up to a regional chaplaincy director.

Within this innovative structure a lay chaplain support staff post has been created to avoid teaching assistants taking on pastoral duties beyond their role.

This new post provides formal recognition for their work, an improved salary, and potential career progression into school chaplaincy.

The school chaplains are supported by the education structure in Nottingham Diocese, with all 84 of its state-funded Catholic schools within three multi-academy trusts (MATs).

Consistent pay and conditions are ensured by the diocesan Human Resources Director who oversees all three MATs.

Further detail is available within the presentation downloadable below, which has been kindly provided by Tom. 

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