The Education Service

Schools Bulletin: May 2013

From the Interim Director

Thank you everyone for making me feel so welcome.

It is clearly an enormous job but I shall do my best and your good wishes and offers of support are much appreciated.

Kate Griffin

Teaching Schools

Pope John Primary School and Sacred Heart High School, both in Hammersmith and Fulham have won their bid to become Teaching Schools making them the first Catholic Teaching Schools in the London boroughs. Teaching schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and head teachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support. The two schools are linked in their bid and this partnership was supported by the Local Authority. This success reflects a huge amount of hard work – congratulations to all concerned.

Contact Kate Griffin, kategriffin@rcdow.org.uk; 020 77989005

 

Senior appointments

Headteachers and Governing Bodies are reminded to contact Josephine Lewis, Deputy Director, as soon as they are aware of a vacancy. She can then co-ordinate the support from the Diocese and discuss the timeline for the appointment.

The Catholic Education Service produced a new Senior Application Form (www.catholiceducation.org.uk ), with supporting guidance documentation, recently. This form must be used for all senior appointments and there should be no other/additional application form from the Local Authority or from agencies. The advertisement should also include the Diocesan Coat of Arms.

Contact: Josephine Lewis, josephinelewis@rcdow.org.uk, 020 7798 9005

 

Developing networks to support succession planning

The Education Service would like to facilitate the setting up of networks to support succession planning. There are some schools already engaging in these ‘exchanges’ with great success for those participating. Would Headteachers please contact Josephine Lewis if either of the following circumstances applies?

  1. They have a member of staff who aspires to leadership, at any level, who would benefit from working alongside a colleague at their level. An example might be where their member of staff needs to develop their use and application of data for school improvement.
  2. They are in a position to offer support within their school from a member of staff who is a good practitioner in a particular area. This would obviously mean hosting a colleague who would benefit from the professional development.

In terms of time scale this might be for a secondment or for a day a week. This depends on context.

Contact: Josephine Lewis, josephinelewis@rcdow.org.uk  020 7798 9005

 

Admissions

Schools must now send their determined admission arrangements (policy & SIF) to the LA and the Diocese for publication.  A copy must also be posted on the school website. Please also remember to check your LA website later in the term to ensure that the correct version of your policy has been posted.

Contact: Mary Ryan, maryryan@rcdow.org.uk 020 7798 9005

 

Admission Appeals

Please note that the new Admission Appeal Regulations state that parents must be given a minimum of 20 school days in which to lodge their appeal. A suggested deadline for primary schools is 24th May 2013 (the Friday before half-term).

Contact: Mary Ryan, maryryan@rcdow.org.uk 020 7798 9005

 

Upcoming courses

Presenting Officers (for the Headteacher or governor presenting the school’s case to the Appeals Panel) on 11th May and 15th June at Vaughan House. To book contact margarett@rcdow.org.uk

Contact: Mary Ryan, maryryan@rcdow.org.uk 020 7798 9005

 

The Constitution of Governing Bodies

Following the issue of new regulations in September 2012 we have compiled a list of possible constitutions of the governing body for governors’ information. Please note that it is not necessary for governing bodies to re-constitute. These models are for new schools and for those changing their status e.g. by amalgamation. Governing Bodies may not be re-constituted without prior discussion with the Diocese.

Contact: Mary Ryan, maryryan@rcdow.org.uk 020 7798 9005

 

Just1 Spirit of Romero suggestions for schools

Kind Heart Awards

As a happy extra for the end of the summer term, the idea is that the staff and others in the school community arrange a special award.  It is to show appreciation for one leaving pupil who they feel has shown particular kindness to other people, inside or outside the school. The suggested award is in two lasting forms: the school buys the pupil a Romero Memorial Cross from CAFOD, and the Governors give the pupil membership of the Archbishop Romero Trust, the ecumenical charity. It'd be a good news story to share with local press.


Carrying a Candle Song

For use any time, this short and simple specially-written song celebrates the work of schools in taking action for social justice, all the world's campaigners, the voices of the voiceless, and the spirit of Romero.  Words and music are available on the website (details below). The choirs of St Francis of Assisi Primary in South Ascot premiered the song in assembly just before Easter, and are sending a recording to Pope Francis.  It should also be a useful addition on or around 17 October, when schools stand up and mark the annual International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Commend End Hunger Campaign for May/June 2013

Schools can play a major part in the Food Enough Everyone IF Campaign driven by 100+ UK organisations.  The Just1 suggestion is to make big IF banners to go outside schools and churches as a public show of support. School Councils are also invited to write to the Secretary of State for International Development, commending the End Hunger campaigns. These actions would also be good news stories about the schools and the Catholic community to feed to the local media.

Full information on all these activities is available at www.just1.org.uk/spiritofromero and from John Williams at johnwilliams@rcdow.org.uk

 

Peace Legacy PEACE ONE DAY and PAX CHRISTI

Following on the brilliant work that so many of our schools did for the ‘100 Days of Peace’ initiative for the London Olympics last year and appreciating the Curriculum Directory theme: 4.6 Love of Neighbour, 4.6.4 Safeguarding Peace, you might well consider engaging with Peace One Day and Pax Christi.

  • The term ‘Peace One Day’ has a dual message saying firstly, that for one day every year we can unite, free from violence in our homes, schools and communities and secondly, that we all live in hope and prayer that a day will come when peace will reign in the whole of creation.
  • Pax Christi of course is the Catholic Church’s international Peace organisation with its UK branch based in Hendon.

Peace One Day is a non-profit making organization, who have been the driving forcein the creation, and growing awareness of the United Nations International Day of Peace. They would encourage our schools and every individual pupil and member of staff to have the opportunity to become active Peace Makers - reach a target of 600,000 people across the diocese to become aware of Peace Day this year –  contributing to the wider goal of 600 million people worldwide aware of this growing global event. The day is the United Nations day of International Peace and is celebrated on SEPTEMBER 21st 2013.

Here's how to become involved in the build up, and beyond:

1.  Individual teachers can access the free, interactive Peace One Day education resources - with 15 lesson plans, support resources and fun ideas to drive debate and practical action around peace -http://peaceoneday.org/resources/

2.  Join the growing number of schools internationally committing to take action on Peace Day by joining the Schools Network. http://peaceoneday.org/education-campaigns/

3. Book Peace One Day Education Ambassador & qualified teacher - Ben Harrington - to deliver an assembly, provide a Skype session or share ideas in a staff meeting - where you can find out more about the amazing story of peace one day, and become inspired as to the many cross-curricular ways your pupils can become involved. http://peaceoneday.org/ben-harrington/

For more information contactBen.harrington@peaceoneday/0208 334 9900/

www.PeaceOneDay.org.

 

Pax Christi, as stated in its mission, strives to help the Church and the wider community to proclaim and to make peace, through its experience and ideas, and especially through the witness and action of its members. The three major objectives of Pax Christi are:

• reconciliation

• the promotion of a culture of peace and nonviolence

• providing the means to bring about peace, e.g. through peace education, resources and training.

Pax Christi has a wealth of experience and resources available to teachers. For example their most recent resource on Franz Jägerstätter and the DVD ‘Give Peace a Budget’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBGeBlsiSMU and please do not be afraid to contact Pat Gaffney coordinator@paxchristi.org.uk or Matthew Jeziorski education@paxchristi.org.uk Pax Christi, Christian Peace Education Centre, St Joseph's, Watford Way, Hendon, London. NW4 4TY  Tel: 020 8203 4884 www.paxchristi.org.uk

email: info@paxchristi.org.uk

For further information on these initiatives contact John Williams johnwilliams@rcdow.org.uk


 

Good News Slot

(Please note: this section of the bulletin consists of good news which have been sent in from schools around the diocese.  It may well be that others have achieved similar awards or success and, if so, we congratulate them too! Please send your news to greenyl@rcdow.org.uk )

Congratulations to Sacred Heart High School & Pope John Primary School in Hammersmith & Fulham for achieving Teaching School status; St Augustine’s Priory,  Ealing, came in joint top place in a national review of Safeguarding practices. Congratulations!