Every school in the Archdiocese of Liverpool is inspected under Section 48 of the Education Act 2005. These inspections evaluate the Catholic life of the school, the provision and quality of collective worship, as well as all areas of RE. This inspection process helps ensure that all Catholic schools continue to develop in order to fulfil their mission of making Christ known.
There are two types of School Inspection. Section 5 is the OFSTED whole school Inspection and Section 48 is the RE Inspection that is carried out in schools that have a religious character. OFSTED has no remit to inspect the RE provision in a school designated as having a religious character and do not pass judgement on this area of school life in their inspection process.
Catholic life is judged against the following grade descriptors:
- The Catholic Life of the school
- Collective Worship
Leadership of Catholic life and collective worship is judged against the following grade descriptors:
- Leadership of Catholic life and collective worship
Religious Education is judged against the following grade descriptors:
- Leadership of Religious Education
- How well pupils achieve and enjoy their learning in Religious Education
- The quality of teaching and how purposeful learning is in Religious Education
- The Curriculum in Religious Education and the “Catholic Curriculum”