Co-responsibility Policy

STATEMENT OF POLICY

Catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese will work together through a system of collaboration and organizational arrangements based on co-responsibility, innovation, and on-going renewal of mission and purpose to deliver high quality Catholic schooling.

 INTRODUCTION

The model of Co-responsibility was adopted from the beginning of 2015 following extensive consultations with stakeholders and was endorsed by the Diocesan Education Council. The core of the model is the ability to offer quality education to every student enrolled in systemic Catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese, regardless of the location or size of the school. It is a model that supports both the interests of the school in addressing local requirements and ensuring that systemic initiatives are funded and delivered to schools.  The vision for systemic Catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese is:

 Catholic schools in the Townsville Diocese will ensure that each student can experience the joy of learning and achieve success as a learner under the expert guidance of teachers who are inspired by the message and person of Jesus Christ. This commitment to students will take account of emerging directions and mandates in curriculum, technology and new funding arrangements. It also acknowledges changing school, community and church contexts.  Through system collaboration and organizational arrangements based on co-responsibility, innovation, and on-going renewal of mission and purpose, our Catholic schools will plan for a future that is hope-filled and sustainable.  This blueprint for systemic Catholic schooling will build on the best of our past experience and expertise and embrace new possibilities that are capable of improving each school’s capacity to deliver high quality Catholic schooling.

 RATIONALE

The Church’s mission via education is enabled across the Townsville Diocese through the model of co-responsibility which is underpinned by the principles of collegiality, interdependence and subsidiarity.  The funding distribution model is a practical expression of social justice and a determination to meet the identified needs of each school. The model seeks to address issues of advantage and disadvantage and enables the provision of quality education within available resources.

 POLICY DIRECTIVE

Co-responsibility places an emphasis on the Diocesan Catholic education system enabling each school to offer the highest quality of Catholic education through collective working for the common good of all.  It also involves the systemic approach to school improvement, staff formation and enhanced Catholic school identity.

Systemic schools in the Townsville Diocese will have a single, consistent, accountable and fair funding distribution model across the Diocese. This will:

  • ensure sustainability of funding to each school, particularly when enrolments may be difficult to predict
  • address the variations in the cost of providing educational services in different locations and contexts within the Diocese, and
  • ensure that schools plan effectively for school resourcing based on agreed benchmarks and that each school contributes fairly to agreed systemic initiatives and centrally managed processes.

 Co-responsibility is a model that requires the full collaboration of all leaders in Catholic education and dialogue is key.

 DEFINITIONS AND REFERENCES

This policy applies to all systemic Catholic Schools and Colleges, Kindergartens and OHSC under the guidance of the Townsville Catholic Education Office.

 TCEO Documents:

  • Charter of Co-Responsibility (November 2016)
  • 2016 Co-Responsibility Funding Guidelines

Policy Number DEC 13_16 Date originally accepted 6 December, 2016
Approved by Diocesan Education Council Date Update ---