School Support


What We Do

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

Support Services

 “Teaching is a beautiful job; as it allows you to see the growth day by day of people entrusted to your care.  It is a little like being parents, at least spiritually. It is a great responsibility. Teaching is a serious commitment that only a mature and balanced person can undertake. A commitment of this type may inculcate apprehension, but remember that no teacher is ever alone, his or her work is shared with other colleagues and with all the education community to which they belong.”

Pope Francis – Audience with Catholic Union of Teachers, March 16 2015

Professional Advice & 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.

Diocesan Leaders of Education (DLE)

Diocesan Leaders of Education (DLE’s) are very successful headteachers who are trained to support schools in a range of ways including school improvement, advising governors on headship appointments and mentoring of newly-appointed headteachers through their first year.

Diocesan Schools Alliance (DSA)

Together with our Teaching Schools, the Diocesan Schools Alliance (DSA) forms the main diocesan support provision for school improvement.  The DSA Committee meets regularly to ensure the provision of co-ordinated, timely and effective school to school support for schools in difficulty.  The DSA calls upon the expertise and capacity of DLEs to lead and provide this


School Buildings

Diocesan Property Department

The School Property Team provide advice and support on all aspects of school buildings including presenting and managing bids, oversight of school buildings projects, etc. For further details, advice and guidance, please contact:

John Corrigan
Diocesan Property Manager
john.corrigan@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Matthew Barnes
Diocesan Building Surveyor
matthew.barnes@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Stephanie Connor
Administrator
stephanie.connor@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

School Building Forms:

Form A – Approval to DFC Expenditure 2015.doc

Form B – Approval to Capital Expenditure 2015

Form C – Professional Agreement 2015

Form K – Approval to Additional Costs 2015

Form L – Tender Report 2015

Form M – Final Costs 2015


Representation and Advocacy

The Department for Education works to secure the highest quality of provision and opportunities for Catholic Education by working in effective partnership with key local, regional and national organisations. The Department aims to represent the interest of Catholic schools & colleges, who work within a complex and ever evolving national education system.

The Officers for Education have regular communication with the many departments of the thirteen local authorities, the Department for Education, the National College, the National Board of Religious Inspectors and Advisers, as well as a range of interest groups.  The Department for Education is ably assisted by key Headteacher and school staff who represent the interests of Catholic education in communication with many local authority groups (e.g. Admissions, SACRE).