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    There is an increasing need to provide school services more efficiently and effectively. We need to continue developing strategic alliances and stronger partnerships with parents, parishes, local government, business and community services and explore options to co-locate schools with community health centres, kindergartens and activity centres. 

    Theme 3: Capability to Better Serve and Lead, Catholic Education Melbourne Strategic Plan 2015–2019 

    Personal Story

     

    Patricia Cowling
    Former Principal, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

    Overview

    The Analysis, Policy and Research team undertakes a broad portfolio of work that supports Catholic Education Melbourne governance and strategic management processes including:

    • Catholic Education Melbourne corporate planning and strategy
    • data analysis and research
    • governance, policy and compliance.

    Team services include:

    • strategic business planning and reporting
    • data analysis and statistical reporting to inform organisational and school improvement strategies, and system-wide policy development and review
    • policy and research governance
    • analysis of research that provides new insights and an evidence base to assist in improvements in student outcomes and school effectiveness
    • management of the Research in Schools program
    • school registration, compliance and government reporting
    • Catholic Education Melbourne Privacy Policy
    • coordination of Catholic Education Melbourne risk-management and business-continuity programs.

    Governance, Compliance and Strategy

    The Analysis, Policy & Research Team coordinated and managed governance and compliance requirements on behalf of Catholic Education Melbourne and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) in relation to minimum standards for school registration and administration of schools’ copyright agreements.

    The team led the development and implementation of a range of initiatives to support good corporate governance processes for Catholic Education Melbourne and to ensure relevant and timely data and information was reported to management to support effective decision making.

    Analysis and Reporting

    In 2015, the Analysis, Policy & Research Team analysed and reported data and information collected by Catholic Education Melbourne and the CECV to support organisational planning and school improvement efforts, the provision of services to Catholic schools, and the accountability requirements of government. The Team also undertook analyses of data and prepared relevant reports, briefings and statistical bulletins.

    Research

    The coordination and assessment of 111 requests from institutional researchers wishing to conduct research in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Melbourne occurred in 2015. Research conducted in schools assists in the development and evaluation of school programs and provides an evidence base to assist planning for improvements in student outcomes and school effectiveness.

    Policy

    The coordination of policy development and the provision to schools of access to information, advice and resources about a range of legislative, regulatory and Canon Law requirements were ongoing projects for the Analysis, Policy & Research Team in 2015.

    The Catholic Education Melbourne and CECV privacy policies and manuals for schools were reviewed and updated to reflect the amendments to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).  

    Key events

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