“Education is integral to the mission of the Church to proclaim the Good News.
First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living
God who in Jesus Christ reveals his transforming love and truth.”
Pope Benedict XVI, Address to Catholic Educators, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2008.
Primary RE and Catholic Life
The Primary RE Advisers for the Archdiocese of Birmingham are Maggie Duggan, David Harris and Rebecca Brolly. They are experienced practitioners in Primary education and are enthusiastic and dedicated in their support for schools in their Catholic Life mission and delivery of Collective Worship and teaching of RE.
They offer support and guidance for schools on all aspects of RE including induction to teaching and learning in Catholic schools, INSET, staff training, support for schools pre and post inspection and sharing of current initiatives and updates with RE subject leaders at Cluster meetings.
Secondary RE and Catholic Life
The Secondary Adviser for the Archdiocese of Birmingham is Richard Smith. Richard has been a middle and Senior Leader in our diocesan schools and is passionate and dedicated in his support of secondary schools to fulfil their mission as Catholic Schools.
The DES offer support and guidance for all aspects of RE and Catholic as well as general secondary school issues. This includes a detailed programme of INSET, partnership meetings for Heads of RE and People in charge of Catholic life, school visits, pre and post inspection support and much more.
Beccy Roseman is the Lay Chaplain Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Beccy has a vast amount of experience of working in youth ministry and before joining the DES and Kenlem Youth Trust she was employed as a lay chaplain in a large secondary school in the Northampton Diocese
Beccy offers support and guidance for all of chaplaincy within our secondary schools. This includes a detailed programme of INSET, school visits, The Archdiocese Lay Chaplaincy certificate qualification and much more.
Section 48 Inspections
Ben McArdle is the Senior Adviser for Section 48 Inspections.
Every school in the Archdiocese of Birmingham will be inspected under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005 and Canons 804-806 of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church.
These inspections evaluate the Catholic life of the school, the provision and quality of collective worship, as well as all areas of RE.
This inspection process helps ensure that all Catholic schools continue to develop in order to fulfil their mission of making Christ known today.