Access, support, challenge, evaluate, and promote

From September 2022, a new, national framework was launched for inspecting Catholic schools. This process specifically judges the quality of outcomes, provision and leadership in the areas of Catholic Life and Mission, Religious Education and Collective Worship, culminating in a grade for overall effectiveness.Catholic Schools Inspection enables the Church to assess the work of Catholic schools systematically. It also provides an opportunity to support, challenge, evaluate and promote this vital work in the mission of the Church.  

The Catholic community recognises the importance of school self-evaluation as a continuous process that is complemented, from time to time, by external inspection. Self-evaluation makes an important contribution to inspections: it provides the school and the inspectors with a means of ensuring that inspection covers matters of potential significance to the school. The purpose of an inspection is to assist the school in its continuing work of self-evaluation through the identification of particular strengths, areas requiring further improvement and of progress made since the last inspection.

The Catholic Schools Inspectorate evaluation schedule and accompanying inspection handbook set out the requirements which will enable a full evaluation of the school's Catholic Life, Collective Worship and its provision, work and achievements in the field of Religious Education to be carried out. This procedure will ensure that each school is treated in the same manner and that there is comparability between inspections with a common approach to reporting.

For more information about the Catholic School Inspectorate.

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