This unit acknowledges that the Catholic school operates within a context of societal and ecclesial change. Catholic schools exist as a result of an historical coalition of families and Church, and in relationship to governments. As a consequence, Catholic schools have cultures that are in some respects similar to state or publicly provided education while remaining distinctive as faith-based institutions. This positioning of Catholic schools between 'the secular' and 'the sacred' in a changing context is a continuing challenge for leaders in Catholic schools. This unit is designed to assist educators in Catholic schools to develop frames of reference that can help them to understand, manage and lead in this changing context.