Through research and discussions over many years, we have an intimate knowledge of the very diverse and expanded nature of educational leadership that is required within rural and remote contexts. These contexts are unique and bring with them an array of unique challenges, such as the heightened difficulty of attracting and retaining quality staff.
Education leadership roles in rural and remote communities encompass many aspects that are not necessarily required in urban education settings. In “the country”, an education leader is typically expected to undertake a range of additional roles of leadership within their community, in order for it to thrive.
With this in mind, CEP works closely with rural and remote education communities to properly prepare education leaders for the unique requirements of living and working in a country setting.
A number of specific initiatives have been developed by CEP to enhance the skills and knowledge of rural and remote education leaders including:
- rural and remote education leadership programs;
- professional development forums and workshops, involving internationally-recognised educators;
- workshops and forums for rural and remote education leaders, focusing on their unique role within their community;
- educational leadership development within P-12 Education Settings;
- the development of a Catholic Education “Pipeline Leadership” project, focused on rural and remote education leadership development, specifically linking the two keys areas of “leadership development and growth” and “ongoing succession planning”;
- the development of a highly-skilled consultancy team with extensive experience in the areas of rural and remote education leadership.