The Secretariat for Catholic Education within the Archdiocese of Malta provides curricular and psycho-social support to over forty Catholic Church schools ranging from kindergarten to post-secondary levels. Its offices, located very close to the Archbishop’s Curia in Floriana, provide a crucial point of reference for Church schools and an important link to the Education Department at the Ministry for Education and Employment.
Another key role of the Secretariat is the execution and monitoring of the admission procedures for students into Catholic Church schools which fall within its remit, as per the Holy See-Republic of Malta agreement of 1991.
The Secretariat works closely with the Church School Association (CSA) on common issues pertaining to the overall administration of Church schools. More info can be found by clicking here.
The Secretariat is also a member of the:
- OIEC (Catholic International Education Office)
- ECCE (European Committe for Catholic Education)
His Grace the Archbishop of Malta appoints a Delegate for Catholic Education who is responsible for the overall running of the Secretariat. Rev Dr Charles Mallia hold this role and is supported by Dr Ian Mifsud, as Director for Curriculum and Standards. Service Managers sustain the work of the respective Directors by managing the various services provided by the Secretariat in schools:
Ms Marika Abela – Training & Mentoring
Ms Marjoe Abela – Student Services
Mr Chris Bugeja – Literacy & Numeracy
Sr Alexandra Chircop – Pastoral Care
Ms Angela Coppini Charles – Curriculum Entitlement
Ms Anna Lisa Grech – Human Resources
The Secretariat employs over one hundred professionals ranging from administrative staff, psycho-social professionals and curricular specialists. These include:
- Head of departments of various subjects who support teachers and provide them with short courses.
- Administrative staff.
- Counsellors who visit schools to support students overcome their difficulties.
- Social Workers who help students and parents with the social requirements.
- Service managers for various services.
- Career Advisors.
- Youth Workers.
- Educational Psychologist who assess the educational requirements.
- Inclusive Educations Coordinators.
- Coordinators who are responsible for the inclusive education which involves in assessing children`s needs, as well as assisting children with special needs.
- Literacy Support Teachers who are responsible for the programmes such as Let me Learn and the Malta Writing Programme; Programmes targeted to improve teacher`s teaching abilities.