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Key Actions

The Strategy for Leading Catholic Education to New Levels of Excellence

The following 10 Actions are the 10 key focus areas of the strategy.

Click the Actions below to read more specific information about each one.

By working as part of the Catholic Education South Australia (CESA) system, each school and provider of early years services will demonstrate Catholic Education's identity and core values and contribute to the common good.

The Catholic Education Office, in collaboration with its key stakeholders, will prepare for the Commission's consideration, a framework for defining the Catholic system of schools and early years services.

There is a unique identity of a Catholic school which seeks to bring faith, life and culture together in a way that matters and is meaningful for students, their families and staff.

The Catholic Education Office calls for expressions of interest from and supports CESA school leaders for their school communities to research their Catholic identity by accessing relevant data, either from the SA profile data collated from the CESA schools previously involved in the Leuven Project, and/or by utilising the survey and analysis tools.

Click to read more about the Key Action for Enhancing Catholic Identity

CESA is strongly committed to each student enrolled in a Catholic school or early learning centre achieving excellence in their learning and wellbeing.

The commitment to excellence is achieved through the quality of leadership and teaching programs in our Catholic schools. It is expressed through the assistance that school leaders, the Catholic Education Office and the local church provide to teachers to foster excellence in their teaching.

Click to read more about the Key Action for Improved Student Learning and Wellbeing

The coordinated and strategic provision of early years services creates the capacity for CESA to provide greater continuity in transition for children and families.

CESA is to create a system of early years services for children 0-6 years with a focus on two distinct groups: 0-3 year olds and 3-6 year olds. It proposed that the focus of the first phase of this initiative should be children aged 3-6.

Click to read more about the Key Action for Early Years Services

The organisational structures of primary schooling and secondary schooling are intended to address students’ developmental and learning needs.

The structures also affect students’ transition points and pathways during their years of schooling.

The Catholic Education Office is to manage an engagement strategy with key stakeholders to identify and address issues of importance to them in relation to the proposed structural arrangement for year 7 - read about the changes at Ready for Year 7. 

Read more about the Key Action for Catholic School Structures

The Strategy initiatives of providing each student with clear pathways and transitions, the progressive introduction of early years services, the progressive implementation of effective school structures and the effective use of resources are all related to and dependent on collaboration between schools and early years services. This action will strengthen our focus on regional collaboration.

It will be important for CESA to respond to the pattern of the state’s growth in a prudent and strategic manner. The provision of new schools and services will require flexibility, innovation and the recognition that slower rates of growth may require a delay in developing some school infrastructure to avoid incurring expense prior to sustainable enrolment income. 

In times when there is restricted or uneven growth in South Australia’s population and school enrolments, CESA must ensure it makes the best use of its available resources to achieve the best outcomes for each child and student across the Catholic system of schools and early years services.

The Catholic Education Office is to prepare a discussion paper for the management of school amalgamations, including clarification of their relationship with cluster arrangements, that takes into account the views of the governing authorities, Diocesan governance, local communities including parishes, state government statutory requirements and, where appropriate, national policy directions.

CESA is committed to providing every secondary student with a learning pathway that attends to their post compulsory schooling options and aspirations, including the opportunity to access relevant Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs. St Patrick’s Technical College and Marcellin Technical College have provided students with specialist VET programs not normally available in mainstream secondary schools.

The Catholic Education Office is to address the broader issue of VET across CESA through an investigation of the implications of continuously developing VET programs through all Catholic secondary schools by supporting and continuing to grow the capabilities of CESA trade training and skills centres, and the wellbeing and viability of the entities. 

Read more about the Key Action for Vocational Pathways

The successful implementation of the initiatives and actions presented in the Strategy requires the clear and effective communication of CESA’s identity and core values, as well as the provision of information about the specific initiatives and actions.

The Catholic Education Office is to develop a multi-tiered promotion and marketing plan for the Catholic system of schools and early years services that takes into account the sector as a whole, the regions and individual schools. 

As part of the Strategy for Leading Catholic Education to New Levels of Excellence, work continues with schools to strengthen the Catholic Education South Australia brand. Initiatives includ:

  • Magazine Feature in The Advertiser (7 May, 2016)
  • Catholic Education Week (13 to 20 May, 2016)