Catholic schools and colleges are both educating and evangelising communities giving an authentic voice to the religious dimension of life through the lens of a faith community. They collectively strive to meet the challenge found in Matthew’s gospel, when Jesus commissioned his followers to, “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Catholic school and college communities participate in the evangelising mission through the religious life of the school or college community, the pastoral and academic curriculum imbued with a Catholic world view, and the teaching and learning of religious education.
Catholic Education Tasmania fosters the formation of its employees to grow in confidence in their understanding and commitment to the mission of the Catholic school.
Our Accreditation Framework Formation for Mission Pathways is consistent with the recently published ‘Framework for Formation for Mission in Catholic Education’ published by the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) with the approval of the Australian Catholic Bishops. This national framework provides a consistent approach to staff formation across Australia assisting those responsible for formation to evaluate their current practice in addition to enhancing formation opportunities for mission for staff of our Catholic schools.
The purpose of this Accreditation Framework is to guide and support CET Principals and employees in the implementation of the Accreditation Policy. The Framework consists of three distinct pathways for the formation for mission of staff to work, to teach, and to teach Religious Education in Catholic schools.
Accreditation A – To work in a catholic school/system
‘Accreditation A’ is for all employees working in Catholic schools and the Catholic education system in Tasmania. All employees are called to share in the evangelising mission of Catholic schools. The foundational knowledge of the mission and purpose of the Catholic school supports the efforts of all employees to understand and give witness to the Catholic faith.
Accreditation B – To Teach in a Catholic school
‘Accreditation B’ is for all employees teaching in Catholic schools in Tasmania. All teachers have a responsibility to foster the Catholic school’s mission through its life and curriculum. Catholic school teachers are required to understand and to give witness to the Gospel.
Accreditation C – To teach Religious Education (RE) in a Catholic school
‘Accreditation C’ is for all employees teaching Religious Education in Catholic schools in Tasmania. Religious Education teachers present, explain and justify the Christian message as it is transmitted by the Catholic Church. They implement the Religious Education program mandated by the Archbishop of Hobart.