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  • Role of the Catholic Identity and Religious Education Team

    The role of the Catholic Identity and Religious Education team at the Catholic Education Office in the Diocese of Sale is to support schools in the Catholic Education of their students and the promotion of the school's Catholic Identity, through providing ongoing Religious Education curriculum support and professional learning in Religious Education.

    Over the past few years the team has been helping to shape the Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project and to develop awareness of its potential for our schools.

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    To achieve its aims, the team seeks to:

    Promote a clear and consistent articulation of Catholic identity in Catholic education across the Diocese by:

    • Providing high quality professional learning opportunities through the Diocesan Learning and Teaching Network aimed to build the capacity of school leaders (with a focus on the Principal and Religious Education Leader/Coordinator) to enhance teacher professional practice with a key focus on developing a deep knowledge of the language and pedagogical practice underpinning recontextualisation and dialogue.
       
    • Assisting schools to articulate goals, intended outcomes and strategies to enhance and promote Catholic Identity, including engagement with CEOSale professional learning opportunities as an outcome of the School Review Process. 
    • Retaining a strong partnership with Catholic University Leuven to ensure a strong theoretical and practical base to inform its work in promoting and enhancing Catholic Identity within the diocese (ECSI).

    Assist schools to implement the renewed and recontextualised Diocese of Sale Religious Education Curriculum by:

    • Designing and providing an online version of the new Religious Education Curriculum which is annotated and hyperlinked to a range of resources, including modelled lessons, teaching materials, sample lesson plans, articles, etc. 
       
    • Providing high quality professional learning opportunities through the Diocesan Learning and Teaching Network aimed to build the capacity of school leaders (with a focus on the Principal and Religious Education Leader/Coordinator) to enhance teacher professional practice in the delivery of the new curriculum, reflecting all aspects of the learning and teaching cycle - plan, teach, assess, review and report.
    • Assist schools, as an outcome of the School Review Process and as a component of school improvement planning, identify goals, intended outcomes and strategic actions aimed to support the implementation of the new Religious Education Curriculum in the school.