Validation Visit Expectations

  • The visit will be organised by the Oscar Romero Award Lead member of staff for the school.  

  • It is a ‘validation’ visit rather than an inspection. Our Validators will be looking to validate/see that what was evidenced in the online Developer Level application is taking place in the school and how Catholic Social Teaching is put into practice.  

  • As a prerequisite for the awarding of the Developer Level and to ensure consistency and fairness across schools/colleges during the validation visit we expect to: 

1. Have a tour of the school/college led by pupils/students or a member of staff 

2. Meet at least one representative from each of the following groups:  

  1. Governors 

  1. Senior Leadership Team 

  1. Staff (as appropriate - teaching and support staff) 

  1. Pupils/Students 

The discussion will focus on the following areas: 

  1. Strategic Strand – representatives of the Governors and Senior Leadership Team will show how the school at a strategic level puts social justice and Catholic Social Teaching into practice and will have at hand evidence to support that what is written in policies is what happens in practice.  

  1. Curriculum Strand – we will expect to view samples of pupil/student’s work from a range of subjects and year groups which show that they learn and reflect on social justice issues. Evidence of this strand will also come from the validator’s interview with pupils/students as well as discussions with teaching/support staff as well as through viewing displays of work around the school. 

  1. Practical Strand – we will expect the Romero Award lead person to show evidence of how the school practically supports social justice issues. These will be seen during the tour of the school as well as through meeting and interacting with members (staff and pupils/students) of different groups that put Catholic Social Teaching into practice.