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Networking Volume 21, Issue 1 Winter Term 2021 7

contents welcome

CAFOD Update ......................................................................................................... 2 - 5

Is the Catholic Education System Fit For Purpose? ..................................................... 8 By Jim Foley

Academies and the future of Catholic education: an increasingly .......................... 10 challenging debate By Dr Sean Whittle

On Becoming ‘Practitioner Researchers’ And ‘Student Researchers’ In Catholic Schools: .......................................................................................................... 12 By Professor Gerald Grace

Child Poverty and COVID 19 – the Emerging Picture ............................................... 14 By Willie Slavin and Suzanne Wilson

The last 12 months have been an unusual and difficult time for all teaching staff and, as I write this, even with vaccinations on the horizon, it appears that it may be some considerable time before schools can function normally. The seemingly ever changing responses by our political leaders to the pandemic have emphasised the fact that our Catholic schools have much to celebrate.

News from Scotland ..................................................................................................... 16

Is it time to rediscover a richer understanding of Catholic education? ................... 18 By Dr Sean Whittle

Learning from Medieval Monasticism ......................................................................... 19 By John Sullivan

News from CATSC ........................................................................................................ 21

Formation in Virtues, Educating the Whole Person .................................................. 28 By James Spencer

The Theological Foundations of the Catholic School: notes towards a formation resource ........................................................................... 29 By Raymond Friel

Schools as an additional support service for vulnerable families ............................. 33 By Edward Conway

ATCRE Update .............................................................................................................. 35

Parental Engagement Under Lockdown: Reflections on Disadvantaged Families’ Perceived Barriers in Home-Schooling ....................................................... 37 By Suzanne Wilson

News Roundup ............................................................................................................. 39 By Willie Slavin

CISC News..................................................................................................................... 41 By Dr Maureen Glackin

Book & Media Review .................................................................................................. 42 By Willie Slavin

RSHE Crisis or Opportunity? ........................................................................................ 45 By Edmund Adamus

Mission Together .......................................................................................................... 46

Whilst teachers have worked hard to keep their students safe they have also striven to continue to challenge and engage them either in face to face or in a virtual environment. It has necessitated a lot of planning, hard work and time to achieve this. Pupils themselves have stepped up to the mark and joined in many charitable activities, not least in delivering food to vulnerable people. However it seems to many that leadership from our Catholic hierarchy has been sadly lacking. Jim Foley, in our lead article (page 8) asks ‘Is the Catholic Education System fit for Purpose ?’ and Dr Sean Whittle in his response (page 10) highlights the ‘sense of disappointment over the lack of presence from our own ‘Church’ leadership and diocesan structures’.

Networking journal would welcome contributions from headteachers and teaching staff, with a view to publication, on this important question or any other issue raised in this journal.

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