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Our Catholic Schools are one of the greatest assets in our Diocese and where we see Jesus Christ as the Teacher and Educator who is at the centre of all our educational endeavours. There are 208 schools and colleges in this diocese and since the 1944 Education Act we have worked in partnership with the Government’s Department for Education, Local Authorities, the Catholic Education Service and others to ensure that our schools are the best they can be.

I believe that in our Diocese we are blessed with an abundance of qualified and dedicated teachers, support staff and governors and that our schools and colleges are capable of giving our children and young people the quality education which they need in order to become the people whom God created them to be. With the support of parents, clergy and parishioners our children and young people can be nourished with the Word of God and with the wisdom of generations of people of faith in order to equip them not only for this life but also for eternal life.

Our motto in the Department for Education, which inspires our work, has long been the words of Jesus in St. John’s Gospel, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

This education for ‘life to the full’ is also part of our contribution to creating a loving and caring society where respect for every person is encouraged and where faith and freedom go hand in hand.

Canon Anthony McBride – Episcopal Vicar for Education

Further Information


Promoting Catholic Education

The Church has always promoted education. God created the world, and everything and everybody in it; and the more we understand the world, its history, and our place in it as human beings, the better equipped we are to increase our faith and hope in God, our love for God and our neighbour, and our love for the Church on earth, in and through which God invites us all to come to know, love and serve him.

As the Catechism says, “Parents are the principal and first educators of their children”. So all schools exist to help parents to fulfil this duty and privilege of providing education. A short answer to the question “Why have Catholic schools and colleges?” is, “So that Catholic parents can have the best opportunities for enabling their children to grow to responsible adulthood in the knowledge and love of God and neighbour”, or putting it another way, “the best opportunities for helping their children to develop a deeply-rooted and fully mature Catholic faith and life”.

Can. 806 §2 directs us to ensure that the quality of education in our Catholic Schools is “at least as academically distinguished as that in the other schools of the area.” This means that the schools and colleges must be the best they possibly can be – they must do their best to provide competent or even excellent teaching through a full and well-balanced curriculum, in a good atmosphere which encourages achievement. And they must be Catholic schools and colleges: not in theory or in name only, but by way of a readiness to promote understanding of and commitment to the fullness of Catholic truth and sacramental life, even in the face of the increasing rejection of Catholic values (which are truly human values, to be embraced by everybody, not only Catholics) by people with power and influence in today’s world. The Department for Education exists to support, advise and challenge our schools and colleges to achieve those ends.


Religious Education

The Department for Education seeks to support its network of Catholic Schools and Colleges in all the work they do to provide the highest standards of Religious Education and faith formation. The Department’s team wishes to provide them with up to date information and advice about all the current national and international developments in these areas, including inviting nationally and internationally famous guest speakers to present their ideas in our Diocese.

The Department arranges high quality Continuing Professional Development for school leaders, teachers and support staff so that they can serve our children and young people in their knowledge and practice of and witness to their faith. We wish to ensure, also, that members of staff from across our family of Catholic schools can have opportunity to meet, share ideas and support each other. All courses can be viewed and booked through our website. We can also support individual schools and clusters who have identified a particular need in relation to their RE development, by leading training days or twilights.

For example, many of our primary schools have started to use the ‘Come and See’ scheme as their main teaching resource. We can offer training on the scheme if that is needed. We can also advise on RSE delivery and multi-faith teaching. We can respond to schools who need advice in the run up to Section 48 inspections also.

We have a team of Specialist Teachers of RE (SLREs) whom we can put schools in touch with for further individual support. Our main advisors for RE, however, are Anna Nuttall (High Schools) and Patty Ganley (Primary Schools). They can be contacted through the Education Department on 0161 817 2204. Finally overall responsibility for RE within the Diocese of Salford rests with the Deputy Director for School Support.


What We Do

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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

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).


Academies

On 29 January 2016, Canon Anthony McBride, Episcopal Vicar for Education, issued a memorandum to the clergy, headteachers and chairs of governors in the Diocese of Salford regarding a decision made by the Diocesan Trustees that schools could begin to consider the option of converting to academy status. This decision by the Trustees recognised that there is a changing landscape in regard to educational provision and funding since the earlier decision (taken in December 2012) not to allow any of our schools to convert. The Trustees and the Diocesan Department for Education envisaged that some schools might convert and some might remain as they are, blending together in a “mixed economy” within our diocesan family of credible Catholic schools. These contrasting decisions by the Trustees are actually underpinned by the same principle, namely seeking to ensure that we preserve that diocesan family of schools and the rights we have as a Catholic community in regard to education under the dual system. This position is set out in the terms of reference for the Diocesan Trustees’ Schools Committee which has, as one of its responsibilities: “Overseeing, through a specific sub-committee to be known as the Diocesan Trustees Academy Committee, the establishment of Catholic Multi Academy Trusts and the conversion of schools to academy status in a manner and at a timing appropriate to local needs.”

Key Contacts:

  • Rev Canon Michael Cooke VG, Chair of Diocesan Trustees Academy Committee
  • Simon Smith, Director of Education
  • Colin Mason, Academies Lead

For general or specific enquiries please email the Academies Lead at colin.mason@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Academy Information & Guidance

Diocese of Salford CAT plans March 2019
Department for Education Conversion Form
Directors Information and Application Pack
Flow Diagram to Conversion
Diocese of Salford MAT Advice for Headteachers and Governing Bodies
Diocese of Salford Model CAT Framework for Continuous Improvement
Scheme of Delegation
Conditional Consent Forms – Stage 1 & 2
CMAT Updates May 2016
CMAT Updates September 2016
CMAT Updates February 2017
Diocese of Salford CAT Map

Policy Documents

Articles of Association
Memorandum of Understanding