School Support

The Department for Education provides a wide range of strategic assistance to school leaders and governors, who require advice and information, tailored to the requirements of the Voluntary Aided sector.  Provision includes day to day telephone advice on a wide range of matters including governance, appointments, admissions, school improvement, school leadership, Human Resources, as well as the dissemination of key documents through the Tuesday email. With careful consideration of current legal requirements and through consultation with schools through the Primary Partnership and Secondary Heads Groups, the Department formulates advice that is relevant and up to date.

The support services provided by the Diocesan Department for Education includes:

  • advice and support for governing bodies in appointment process for Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, Lay Chaplains & Heads of RE
  • a training programme for governors
  • organisation of relevant conferences for Catholic schools personnel
  • induction and support programmes for newly appointed staff
  • pastoral support
  • regular and effective communication with Headteachers and governors
  • electronic communication links with all schools
  • a Schools Department website
  • liaison with local authority officers regarding issues concerning Catholic schools
  • representation on local and national discussions regarding school funding arrangements
  • representation or support of schools in Admissions Forums
  • an effective capital programme
  • advisory support for schools’ improvement programmes
  • inspection cycle support
  • support for teacher recruitment