Year 1 Student Progress Review



During the recruitment process each potential student is assessed for suitability for the course from their responses to the questions on the application form and attending an introduction day and/or an interview. What is being assessed is their potential to engage with the curriculum intra-psychically, interpersonally and with group process.

1st Year Assignments

There are ten required assignments for the first year. Each of these is an important part of the overall review process as they give faculty insight into how the individual student is engaging with the curriculum. Each assignment is commented on and returned to the student so they receive regular feedback about their progress and what needs further work.


Three Month Student Self-Assessment

Each student is required to do a three-month self-assessment using the format set out in the programme overview. They assess themselves against the stated qualities and skills required for their onward journey into the second year.


One-to-One Tutorial with a Core Tutor

A tutor will review the student’s self-assessment and any issues noted by tutors on assignments and undertake a one-to-one tutorial. Any concerns the tutor has about the progress of the student will be discussed at this time. If there are any serious concerns these will be put in writing for the student with mutually agreed actions and a review date. A second tutorial will be offered to discuss and review progress. If all is now well the student the will be informed, if there is any doubt about them progressing into the second year that will be put in writing.


End of FIRST year Training Weekends

If students of concern have not been able to develop the necessary skills, they will be asked to take an alternative route to ordination (retake 1st year and/or encouraged to seek additional support before continuing) and will not be invited to the retreat. If the student disagrees with their tutors’ assessment of their progress there is a review process available to them.



After the retreat, students that have completed the 1st year will receive an end of year review and confirmation of their passage into the 2nd year.

Group Tutors

Group tutors liaise regularly with each other and the core tutor. They are responsible for reviewing their student’s ability to work with assignments, the study group process and to engage with them in the spiritual counselling process. They support the on-going review processes and give in the moment feedback and guidance to their students.

Before the three-month self-assessment process, group tutors will write a brief review on each of their students identifying any issues in relation to the qualities and skills outlined in the curriculum overview. This review is made available for the core tutor doing the one-to-one tutorials and may be material for future reviews.

Before the end of the year, group tutors will update their review on each student, highlighting any concerns or perceived learning edges. This report will help the core tutor to write students end of year review.