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The educational support that we provide to our schools is an important part of the success of Catholic education in South Australia.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Team creates partnerships with school, families and communities to deliver a range of support and education services.

All Catholic schools have focus teachers who advocate for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and families and are supported to become agents of change. Our team also works with Principals, staff, students and their families to ensure our schools achieve the best outcomes for their students.

We assist with student support, through the provision of funding as well as the development of individual learning plans and their implementation.  We work in areas of professional learning, to build the capacity of leaders and educational staff, and advance the embedding and normalising of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives within the curriculum R-12.

Our team assists to build cultural capacity, helping school communities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their own cultural identities, histories and cultures.

We offer leadership development for young Indigenous students. We host programs (the Yellakka Yellarkarri Leadership Program is a five-day SACE-accredited program for Years eight to 12 students) for our secondary indigenous students to network, learn about life challenges and develop their potential to become leaders. We also offer cultural immersion programs for Years 2 to 5 and Years 6 to 9.

The team is in regular contact with school leadership, teachers, parents/carers and senior secondary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Please contact our team on 8301 6682 for further information.

Acknowledgement of Country

Catholic Education SA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia.  We respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land and acknowledge their unique contribution to the life of this country.

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Our team assists to build cultural capacity, helping school communities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of their own cultural identities, histories and cultures.

Please contact our team on 8301 6682 for further information.

Australian Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum Team provides professional learning opportunities for curriculum leaders in schools.

Supported by professionals from the breadth of Catholic education – including literacy, numeracy, languages, AGQPT and EAL, Indigenous education and special education - the team works to provide support and training to ensure the smooth transition of the Australian Curriculum into our schools.

In addition, all CESA educational consultants working with school personnel provide professional learning and support which encompasses the Australian Curriculum and the opportunities it presents for ongoing  school improvement.

For any enquiries relating to the Australian Curriculum, we would encourage to contact our team. Specific questions about a school's curriculum offering is best asked of the school itself, but we are happy to answer your wider questions about this important part of our education system.

Behaviour Education

Our Behaviour Education consultants in the Inclusion and Learning Team work with schools to support and better engage with students in learning.

While focussing on behaviour and protecting the dignity of each child, we build relationships with teachers and school communities as they work with their more challenging students.  This support ranges from assisting in the development of behaviour plans through to providing on-going professional development for teachers.

Our Team has a strong focus on Choice Theory, Positive Education, Restorative practices and also works in partnership with the Australian Childhood Foundation around a trauma-sensitive schools project.  

Our Team also conducts all the training for the Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum 

EAL

English as an Additional Language (EAL) students are those whose first language is a language other than English.

They require additional support to assist them to develop proficiency in English in order to access the general curriculum, in addition to learning area-specific language structures and vocabulary.

In partnership with schools, the EAL team helps create educational environments where the dignity of each student is respected and learning processes are inclusive, formative, challenging and engaging.

Please visit the EAL Learner website which provides support and a sharing point for educators who work with EAL learners.

Early Childhood Education

The Catholic Education Office has dedicated support to our schools to recognise the importance of early childhood learning. Our school system is family-centred - as is our church - and this positions early childhood learning as a key platform on which to build lifelong learning. 

The support we offer to our schools in the field of early childhood learning includes:

  • Working with all teams across the Catholic Education system in South Australia to ensure all planning and strategy focusses on children learning from a very early age
  • Ensuring we learn from children as well as teach them
  • Supporting our pre-schools, playgroups and Early Learning Centres
  • Analysing available new research about the importance of learning in early childhood
  • Working at different levels within schools to identify opportunities to better prepare children for school
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We work at different levels within schools to identify opportunities to better prepare children for school.

Educational Measurement

The CESA Educational Measurement Team supports school leaders and teachers in fulfilling their accountability requirements.

These include co-ordinating participation of all SA Catholic schools in the National Assessment Program (annual NAPLAN tests for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students, as well as national and international sample assessments) and performance reporting to school communities and government agencies.

Support is also provided to analyse assessment data from NAPLAN and other diagnostic tests, such as the ACER Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT), in order to use these results purposefully to inform the design of student learning programs. This aspect is particularly important in schools’ strategic planning, within the context of the CESA Continuous Improvement Framework.

The Educational Measurement Team’s services to the SA Catholic schooling sector include reporting to the SA Commission for Catholic Schools on whole sector performance. Other Catholic Education Office teams are supported with identification, collection, analysis and use of data to implement and report on the full range of programs in schools.

Languages and Culture

Learning a language provides the opportunity to engage with the linguistic and cultural diversity of the world and its people. It allows our students to reflect on their understanding of various aspects of social life and on their own participation and ways of being in the world.

Learning languages broadens horizons in relation to the personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities that an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world presents. The interdependence of countries and communities means people in all spheres of life are required to negotiate experiences and meanings across languages and cultures.

The Languages Team contributes to communities where partnerships and relationships are founded in justice and compassion and where cultural diversity is valued and celebrated, promoting languages as the vehicle for students to come to understand themselves, their cultures and global communities.

Learning and Technologies

The Learning and Technologies Team co-ordinates professional learning opportunities for CESA teachers and leaders. We support them in building their capacity in curriculum design to reflect innovative digital learning opportunities for their students.

We approach sustainable change of practice and culture in schools by using a coaching methodology, with a focus on digital technology.  Contemporary learning environments, together with well-designed curriculum learning programs, integrate 21st Century Skills and Australian Curriculum ICT Capabilities.

This provides an environment that empowers students to participate in their learning, embracing creativity and innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, life-long learning, collaboration and communication, ICT literacy, the consciousness of being a local and global citizen and personal and social responsibility.

The vision for developing contemporary learning environments is reflected in the content of the Learning and Technologies Team Blog. The blog provides useful resources for CESA Teachers and Leaders to build capacity in utilising and integrating digital technologies to improve student learning outcomes.

Literacy and Learning

The Literacy and Learning Team supports our schools in designing and delivering contemporary approaches to the teaching of literacy within a framework of on-going enquiry and reflection.

Professional learning includes:

  • Incorporating current research into classroom practice
  • Data collection and analysis and supporting schools to plan for continuous improvement in teaching and learning
  • Reading Recovery – intervention for Year 1 children
  • School based projects in which our consultants respond to schools’ identified needs to collaboratively design literacy professional learning
  • Courses addressing key areas of literacy, such as using assessment to inform teaching the interface of Australian Curriculum, English and the Literacy Continuum
  • Key Literacy Teacher professional learning and support

The Literacy and Learning Team situates its work within a sociocultural perspective which raises awareness of issues such as:

  • Inclusivity
  • Identity
  • Literacy specific to each key learning area
  • Literacy for a range of purposes
  • Literacies in and out of school
  • Literacy as making meaning

Numeracy

The Numeracy Team works with teachers and schools in the Catholic system in metropolitan and country areas through the following professional learning opportunities:

  • Three year numeracy projects
  • Early Years
  • Primary Years
  • Middle Years
  • Mathematics Course (centrally based)
  • Number & Algebra unit
  • Measurement & Geometry unit
  • Statistics & Probability unit
  • Networks: Primary and Secondary
  • Effective teaching of mathematics course
  • Early Years Numeracy Observation Assessment workshop

School based projects which are run in individual schools based on the needs of the staff and students are also offered.

Action research forms the basis of our work with teachers. Consultants and teachers engage collaboratively in the research process to improve learning outcomes in mathematics and numeracy for all students. Consultants work as co-researchers with teachers in their classrooms in order to identify students learning and plan future directions.

Underpinning all of the Numeracy Team’s work is the Australian Curriculum, a constructivist approach and an enquiry approach to learning, with the aim of deepening understanding in mathematics and developing numeracy.

Should you require further information, please contact the team on 8301 6600
or CESA registration centre: http://registrationcentre.cesa.catholic.edu.au/

Religious Education

The Religious Education Team supports the integration of faith, life and culture in schools.

The team works to educate, support and resource those involved in the educational mission of the Catholic dioceses in South Australia. It aims, in partnership with families, to assist children and young people in their spiritual and religious formation and invite them into a deeper engagement with the life and mission of the Catholic Church.

Services the RE Team provides to schools

We provide a range of services to schools in the fields of:

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The team works to educate, support and resource those involved in the educational mission of the Catholic dioceses in South Australia.

To contact the RE team, please phone (08) 8301 6659.

SACE

As a South Australian school network, we are required to adhere to the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

SACE is internationally recognised, and is the main way South Australian students get into TAFE and university courses in South Australia, interstate and overseas.

Students with Disability

Inclusion and Learning embraces the vision of educating students to participate in Church and the wider community.

In partnership with school communities and families the Inclusion and Learning Team promotes the access and inclusion of students with disability.

Our students with disability consultants provide support for enrolment, transition and collaborative case management and also assist schools to link to external agency support.  Resourcing is provided to schools assisting the inclusion of students with disability. Other resourcing provisions include crisis health and assessments.

Our services also include opportunities for professional learning both centrally and school based and information regarding external learning opportunities.

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We provide schools with resourcing that assists the inclusion of students with disability. Other resourcing provisions include crisis health and assessments.

Vocational education

The Vocational Education Team supports and builds the capacity of individuals and school communities to support students in their senior years of schooling and beyond. The team advocates the interests of Catholic Education in South Australia, connecting with key representatives including:

  • Metropolitan and regional Catholic schools
  • Other SA school sectors
  • Business and industry groups
  • Community organisations
  • State government and its agencies.

Our support is provided across the metropolitan and regional areas through:

  • Consultation and advice for Principals, school leaders and Vocational  Education and Training Coordinators
  • Resourcing for specific projects and information sharing regarding national and state initiatives
  • Support for Vocational Education and Training Coordinators and schools
  • Co-ordination of professional learning programs and network meetings for Vocational Education and Training Coordinators and school leaders
  • The identification of school and sector needs and priorities
  • Collaboration on cross-curricular approaches to professional development delivery with identified teams in CESA and other stakeholders
  • Communication of training and employment opportunities for students
  • Liaising with tertiary educational institutions, training and employment providers

Further information can be obtained from Jacqui Asser, Vocational Education Consultant (jacqueline.asser@cesa.catholic.edu.au).