Catholic School Parents Victoria's influence as an organisation ensures that policy and decision making impacting Catholic schools are informed by a credible and collective parent voice.
Through a strategic process, CSPV operates under two key pillars of advocacy:
Parent Engagement in:
- Child Safety
- Catholic Community
Parent Leadership in:
- Parent Engagement
- State Education Issues
- National Education Issues
Child safety and wellbeing is perhaps the most important advocacy area for CSPV and indeed for most parents of children in Catholic schools. Creating a culture of safety for children is everyone's responsibility to ensure children feel included, welcomed and ready to learn both at home and at school.Learn More
Parents are the first nurturers and educators of their children and have an important role in education to guide and support their children on their learning journey. CSPV advocate for parent engagement by supporting parents and encouraging schools to engage with parents in learning.Learn More
At the core of learning is the curriculum and how it is translated and implemented as quality teaching and learning experiences for our children. CSPV advocate for various aspects of the curriculum and regularly meet with governing bodies who develop the Victorian curriculum and related resources.Learn More
Many parents of children in Catholic schools choose a Catholic education because of the commitment to develop the whole child - academically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and physically.Learn More
As a Catholic education community, we need to work together to ensure that all of our schools receive fair funding so that Victorian Catholic schools can continue to meet the needs of all students.Learn More
There are several events in the CSPV calendar each year. In 2018 CSPV will facilitate a visit from Dr Debbie Pushor whom we had the pleasure of hosting in June 2017 for a full day workshop following Debbie's keynote speech at the ARACY Parent Engagement Conference in Melbourne. Debbie will…Learn More
Each of these key areas of advocacy represents current challenges in education for government, Catholic education, Catholic schools and Catholic school parents.
The role of CSPV in advocating for each of these key areas involves collaboration and co-operation in developing and designing solutions as well as creating awareness of alternatives or improvements in education from a parent perspective.
Positive advocacy comes in the form of developing relationships, understanding various perspectives, encouraging change, developing submissions, contributing parent perspective to focus groups and committees and presenting valid arguments in public forums in favour of improvements in Catholic education.
CSPV is frequently invited to participate in forums and to receive information regarding the impact of various reforms and initiatives on Catholic education. CSPV then disseminates the information for parents through various mediums and engagement activities to ensure parent influence in the Victorian education landscape.