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Education Service Article

The Distinctive Curriculum of the Catholic School - Guidelines for School Review - NBRIA 2012


What do we mean by the Catholic school curriculum, how is it distinctive and how does it reflect the overall mission and purpose of Catholic education?


The purpose of the document is to encourage thinking, discussion and consensus about the Catholic school curriculum and how it is and can be, more distinctive in what if offers.


The document is set out in three sections:

  • In Section A, it describes some characteristics of Catholic education and gives some key points of reference for those who manage the curriculum and its development.
  • In Section B, it considers the curriculum broadly, its organisation, some of main elements and influences on the Catholic school curriculum.
  • In Section C, it lays out a series of questions for school leaders and governors to help a curriculum review.