The Archdiocese, in common with other dioceses in England and Wales, carries out a range of activities in order to discharge its duties for education. The activities complement those of the Catholic Education Service for England (CES) and are undertaken alongside the work of the Archdiocese’s national and local partners for education, the Department for Education (DfE) and the Local Authorities (LAs) respectively.
Specifically, the purpose of the Archdiocesan Schools Service is to advise and act on behalf of the Archbishop and the Archdiocesan Trustees in all matters relating to schools and colleges and the process of lifelong learning. The activities which it undertakes through the Schools Department are designed to assist the Archbishop to fulfil his responsibilities for education and to give effect to the provisions for education contained in the Trust Deed.
The interests of Archdiocesan schools collectively are also represented by departmental staff at inter-diocesan meetings, national consultation on proposed legislative change or in local authority Scrutiny Committees. In short, the activities are intended to focus on particular education duties and not to replicate those of the CES or of the eight local authorities and the Isle of Man within whose boundaries the Archdiocese lies.
With effect from 1 September 2002, the Department has therefore sought to provide the activities outlined in the service’s statement of provision in return for which Catholic schools and colleges (including those joint Catholic/Church of England schools and Academies which have been established by the dioceses and which make a pro-rata contribution) within the Liverpool Archdiocese pay an annual contribution towards the Department’s costs. The scheme is based on a standard set of payments in return for the provision of a fuller range of activities than was previously offered. It is, of course, recognised that in a given year a particular school may receive all, some or none of the support outlined. The scheme is, therefore, in essence an insurance scheme.
In summary, commitment to the Scheme should enable the Department to provide services including:
- advice and support for governing bodies in appointment process for Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher posts
- 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
- support for school capital development and planned maintenance plans
- an effective capital programme
- advisory support for schools’ improvement programmes
- inspection cycle support
- support for teacher recruitment
Further information on the Schools’ Voluntary Contribution Scheme can be obtained from:
Fran Coldicutt – Office Manager
0151 522 1071