Michael McGrath, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES), this week sets off on a series of visits to launch the 'Faith in Teaching' programme in Scotland's eight Catholic Dioceses. (Dates below)
Faith and Teaching is an important new package which has been developed by a strategy group representing all the major stakeholders in Catholic education. It is published at a time when teachers are contractually obliged to undertake an annual total of 35 hours of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) activities in addition to their teaching duties.
It is the major outcome of a project jointly funded by the CEC, the Faculty of Education at the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Exe cutive's Education Department, it will be supplied to every Catholic school and will also be available to Catholic teachers in non-denominational schools.
SCES Director Michael McGrath commented: "This resource will encourage teachers to consider how much their beliefs and values influence their teaching and will suggest inservice courses and other activities which will help them to develop their knowledge and skills in this area."
He added; "I hope that teachers will feel affirmed and appreciated for the great work they do in supporting young people as they come to make sense of the world and of their place within it."
2 September Dunkeld (Diocesan Centre, Dundee)
18 September Galloway (Queen Margaret Acad. , Ayr)
19 September Glasgow Primary Head Teachers, (SCES, Glasgow)
6 October Glasgow Secondary Head Teachers, (SCES, Glasgow)
26 September Argyll & Isles (Bishop's House, Oban)
2 October Motherwell (Cathedral & Diocesan Centre
23 October Paisley (Diocesan Centre)
13 November Edinburgh & St Andrew's (Gillis)
Diocese of Aberdeen - TBC
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The SCOTTISH CATHOLIC EDUCATION SERVICE (SCES) was established in 2003 by the catholic Bishops of Scotland, its full-time Director is Michael McGrath.
Michael has 28 years teaching experience, he was Head Teacher of Our Lady's High School, Cumbernauld for 7 years. He was a member of the Catholic Education Commission for 13 years,
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