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Catholic Education in 2012  Friday 23 rd November 2012  At the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department.

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1 Catholic Education in 2012  Friday 23 rd November 2012  At the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department

2 Catholic Education in 2012 Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department Programme for morning:  Introduction: Rosemary Olivier;  Diocesan Strategy: Catherine Hobbs & Robert Dare;  Practical examples: Tony Corish & Graham Wilson; Trisha Phelan & Ursula Clark  Survey of schools’ strengths: Oaklands School, Matt Quinn & Dervla McConn-Finch  PCP SCITT: Paul Haslam, Director  Discussion & feedback

3 Catholic Education in the Year of Faith Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department

4 Education in 2012 Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department Change in local government role and impact: a carrot?  Teaching Schools: route for training/CPD funds & for school improvement  Initial teacher training/ School Direct: school-sponsored  Nearly half of all maintained secondary schools are now academies,1148 converters & 354 sponsored: impact on LA capacity  Central grant cut, LACSEG reduced, 300 staff lost in Children’s Services in Hampshire in 2 years; further reductions from 2013  Commissioning services, not providing services: variation between 13 LA’s in our diocese

5 Education in 2012 Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department A stick?  New Ofsted framework  Schools below the floor standards/at risk: duty of LA to intervene  Under-performance & Brokerage team at the Academies Division  Office of the Schools’ Commissioner  Increased expectation on diocesan commissioners to broker school improvement, to intervene: this is not all new!

6 Education in 2012 Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department Decision-making about education to parents and to schools:  parental choice and preference: Free Schools & Academy schools: flash mob, twitter, downing street website petitions, direct action; & to the Ministers/ elected representatives:  centralised powers to Secretary of State, e.g. TDA, GTC  400 more academy sponsorships announced this week

7 National Catholic picture on academies Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department “We should make conversion to Academies a ready possibility for Catholic schools, subject to the wishes of their Bishop, Trustees and Governing Body.” The Right Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Chairman of the CES 148 Catholic voluntary academies are open, of which 140 are convertor academies and 8 are sponsored academies.

8 Co-sponsors:  Portsmouth  Winchester  Oxford Colleagues:  Guildford and in Anglican Dioceses Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department

9 Catholic Academies in Portsmouth Diocese Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department 5 Pathfinder Catholic Academies in Portsmouth Diocese (+ 1) Protection of Catholic ethos The common good/ mutual benefit Building on existing clusters & partnerships Professional development Procurement & facilities

10 Diocesan view on academies Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department

11 What now for Catholic Education in our Diocese in the Year of Faith? Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department  Distinctive Catholic education, with commitment to the common good: counter-cultural  Sharing good practice & learning from each other  Supporting schools in difficulties  Schools in both phases, both sectors, pooling resources WHY?

12 In this 50 th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, we remember: “The Church’s role is especially evident in Catholic schools. These are no less zealous than other schools in the formation of culture and in the human formation of young people. It is, however, the special function of the Catholic school to develop in the school community an atmosphere animated by a spirit of liberty and charity based on the Gospel. It enables young people, while developing their own personality, to grow at the same time in that new life which has been given them in baptism….. Because: Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department

13  Thus the Catholic school, taking into consideration as it should the conditions of an age of progress, prepares its pupils to contribute effectively to the welfare of the world of men and to work for the extension of the kingdom of God, so that by living and exemplary and apostolic life they may be, as it were, a saving leaven in the community. “ Documents of Vatican II vol.1: Christian Education: Gravissimum Educationis pp , § 8 Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department

14 So, then…in this time of change & challenge, what do we do? Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department An alliance of all Catholic Schools in the diocese? Discussion in March 2012 led to: “Catholic Schools supporting Catholic Schools”- a diocesan framework Key actions:  1. Teaching School status to act as conduit to provide funding for school improvement, training and CPD  2. Hallam Diocese: Notre Dame School and the Teaching Alliance

15 What does it need? Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department Partners:  PCP SCITT: teacher training  St. Mary’s University College And:  A Teaching School…what’s that?

16 Catholic education in the second decade of the 21 st century Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department In a time of change, so the “Catholic Schools supporting Catholic Schools” (March 2012) morphed into the “Catholic Teaching Alliance” (CTA) (July 2012) but change happens, so:  Diocesan Education Alliance  DEA

17 An alliance for Catholic Education Diocese of Portsmouth: Schools' Department  What does it mean?  How does it work?  What does it mean for my school?  Can we fix it? “If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” Anita Roddick Catherine Hobbs & Robert Dare will explain…


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