The purpose of the resource “The Catholic School: Developing in Faith” is to help school leaders incorporate into their school evaluation and planning processes an appropriate focus on the particular mission of the Catholic school. This is in line not only with national developments in Scotland but also with the Church’s universal call for a renewed focus on Catholic school identity. It builds on the great efforts which have been made to strengthen the rationale for Catholic education in our country and to exemplify excellence in all we do.
The document uses the well-established Charter for Catholic Schools in Scotland as the foundation of a set of themes which cover the main activities of a Catholic school community. Schools are asked to incorporate these 5 themes over a number of years into their normal processes of school evaluation and planning for improvement. The choice of themes and their sequence of coverage is for each school to decide, in the light of its own content and stage of development. It is intended that the information which will be provided by schools will enable the sharing the best of practice against each of the themes. The SCES website will feature exemplar materials and other documents to support effective use of the document. These will include discussion points and presentations for staff, parents and pupils.
It is intended that all schools will make use of the document, with a focus on ONE theme during each academic year. In May of each year, SCES will prompt schools to send a short report, highlighting the outcomes of their evaluation of this theme and detailing any proposed actions.
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