Reform Support Fund Workplan
Non – Government Reform Support Fund
Catholic Education Council of the Northern Territory – Workplan 2022
Summary of Work Plan for 2022
The Catholic Education Council of the Northern Territory through the work of the Catholic Education Office Northern Territory (CEO NT) intends to address the following three priorities under the Non-Government Reform Support Fund.
Priority 1: Quality Assurance, Moderation and support for NCCD
The Catholic Education Council of the Northern Territory through the work of the Catholic Education Office Northern Territory (CEO NT) intends to address the following three priorities under the Non-Government Reform Support Fund.Catholic Education Northern Territory works with school leaders to support the national reform priority in relation to quality assurance, moderation and support for the continued improvement of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability. Inspire online integrated system is the platform used across all schools in Catholic Education NT to support the National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) including the collection, recording and analysis of student data for planning, referrals, funding and reporting purposes. Funding from the reform supports the part time employment of our CENT NCCD Education Officer who provides technical support for teachers and Inclusion support Coordinators with the use of Inspire and leads audits to ensure integrity and consistency with NCCD student data collection and analysis.
Two day Inclusion Network Forums are scheduled twice a year for school based Inclusion Support Practitioners and Coordinators. The purpose of these forums are to upskill school leaders in using the Inspire software and to ensure consistency with all NCCD practices and processes. Support is also provided to ensure appropriate interventions and adjustments are made to improve outcomes for students with special needs.
Priority 2: NAPLAN Online
Catholic Education NT works collaboratively with the Department of Education NT as the Test Administration Authority (TAA) to implement NAPLAN online in all schools. Technical assistance and support is provided to schools as required to support implementation.
Schools are supported by Education officers from the Catholic Education Office with the extraction of student/school data and the analysis of NAPLAN online data to inform school and systemic priorities.
Priority 3: Improving Governance and Financial Management Practices
Catholic Education Northern Territory is committed to building the capacity of school leaders to ensure effective governance and ongoing school improvement. The professional growth and development of CENT school and system leaders is a priority; supported through processes including annual check-ins and cyclical performance appraisals. Implementation of the Educator Impact Framework to support leadership review, formation, goal setting and development across CENT. The EI Framework is aligned to AITSL standards and Catholic Identity and Mission, providing leaders with feedback on their performance and a portal to assist with goal setting including access to a library of professional development resources.
CENT partners with the Brown Collective to provide contextually appropriate courses in leadership formation and development. The focus is on building the capacity of emerging, current and aspiring leaders through the Middle Leadership and Executive Leadership Programs.
The School Improvement and Renewal Framework (SIRF) is the current CENT Framework used to review school performance, monitor effectiveness and inform future priorities and targets in line with Council, Diocesan and Government policies and programs. In 2022 CENT will continue to engage with Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) to lead External reviews with 4 schools using the NSIT (National School improvement Tool).
New school and system leaders will undertake NSIT professional learning to develop knowledge of the NSIT and its application to support school improvement. Work will continue to align evidence and practices identified with the existing CENT School Improvement and Renewal Framework with the National School Improvement Tool (NSIT) to ensure robust and effective school self-assessment and review processes across the system.
The CENT Financial Management course and associated materials developed in 2021 will be refined and developed further in response to feedback from participants. The intent is to provide a contextually appropriate course that builds capacity and improves the financial literacy of School Leaders. School leaders will develop their understandings of financial principles and organisational financial requirements to improve decision making and ensure the financial security of the school.