Catholic schools have struck a new partnership with independent schools to share expertise and resources in areas such as teacher training, education research and student wellbeing. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.
The sectors have hailed the initiative as a significant contribution to education in the state, with the Association of Independent Schools (AIS) chief executive Geoff Newcombe saying it will “really contribute to education reform”.
While the NSW Department of Education benefits from data and research across 2200 public schools, the independent and Catholic sectors are much smaller.
But the new partnership between the AIS, Sydney Catholic Schools and the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) would bring together leaders, principals and teachers from 700 non-government schools.
Dr Newcombe said the idea surfaced during conversations between the organisations. “We thought each of us are doing things in different areas, some to a more detailed extent than others,” he said.
“We felt maybe we should start to talk about sharing some resources. We [independent schools] are very strong in the professional learning areas, we run 200-300 courses a year and we will make those available to Catholic teachers.
“Greg [Whitby, chief executive of CDEP) is very much into the secondary pathways, which are so important. A lot of it is getting people working in our areas talking to each other to see where they can share resources.”
Dr Newcombe said the partnership aimed to help the non-government sector to be seen as “partners with government and to be leading the way”. The three sectors said they were open to other collaborations.
Sydney Catholic Schools executive director Tony Farley said there was significant teaching and administrative expertise across all three school organisations.
“I am looking forward to working together and realising the benefits for all students and staff. This is a great step forward,” he said.
Education sectors team up in new partnership to pool NSW schools resources (Sydney Morning Herald)