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Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launches academy strategy
Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launches academy strategy

The Diocese of Westminster Education Commission launched its academy strategy at a meeting with headteachers and governors from most of the schools of the diocese last Thursday. Following various government proposals over the last few years to encourage most schools to become academies, the Education Service has engaged in an extensive consultation with schools, colleges, and existing academies and Academy Trusts in the diocese to propose a way forward that would ensure schools in the diocese can continue to provide an exceptional education that keeps the well-being every child at

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Study finds Catholic schools most ethnically diverse in country
Study finds Catholic schools most ethnically diverse in country

More than one in five black children now attend a Catholic school in England and Wales. That's according to the latest research which shows the Catholic Church to be the most ethnically diverse provider of education in the countries. With roughly 10% of schools, the Catholic Church is the second largest provider of education. However, this tenth of provision now educates more than fifth of all black pupils in England and Wales. The figures, which are part of the annual Catholic Education Service's Schools Census,

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Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria: 2017 programme
Augustinian Sisters, Boarbank Hall, Cumbria: 2017 programme

The 2017 programme of events at Boarbank Hall in Cumbria is now out. Two Wings and a Prayer (in May) is a completely new event, a birdwatching retreat, for both beginners and enthusiasts. Our popular Autumn Break continues with 'Reformation, Counter-Reformation and Arts'. Our other regular residential events, include Health & Salvation (January, for healthcare professionals) on the theme of Time, Thinking Faith (July) for Catholics in their 20s-40s on 'Change and Conversion', Time to Reflect (March) Lenten weekend for lecturers ('Friendship') and the pre-Christmas retreat weekend for those

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Francis Campbell speaks out for Catholic education
Francis Campbell speaks out for Catholic education

The Church risks the loss of state-funded religious schools unless it vigorously upholds the right to teach the Catholic faith even when it clashes with the ideology of the state, a former top-ranking diplomat has told educators. Francis Campbell, the former UK Ambassador to the Holy See, now vice-chancellor of St Mary's University in London, warned staff and students of the School of the Annunciation at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, that there was no guarantee that governments would continue to support Catholic education.

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Derbyshire: Spinkhill primary school Brightens Up the world for CAFOD
Derbyshire: Spinkhill primary school Brightens Up the world for CAFOD

Pupils from Immaculate Conception in Spinkhill, Derbyshire, dressed in their brightest clothing to raise awareness of communities across the world who cannot grow enough food this Harvest. The school held a non-school uniform day to Brighten Up the lives of children and young people across the world as part of a Harvest fundraising campaign for CAFOD. The children were asked to dress in their brightest and boldest clothes before joining parents and teachers for a walk around the village to raise awareness of the appeal.

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London: Conference on the Life and Thought of Louis Massignon
London: Conference on the Life and Thought of Louis Massignon

A two-day International Conference on The Life and Thought of Louis Massignon within a wider Ecumenical and Dialogical Perspective, will take place at Heythrop College on Tuesday 22 - Wednesday 23 November. The event has been organised by The Centre for Eastern Christianity In association with Centre for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue, Heythrop College, University of London. Louis Massignon was a Melkite Greek Catholic Priest, a Catholic scholar of Islam and a well-known religious and political figure in the relationship between France, Europe and the Middle East.

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Former hostage John McCarthy visits Stonyhurst
Former hostage John McCarthy visits Stonyhurst

Last Thursday, journalist John McCarthy, who was held hostage in the Lebanon from 1986-1991, visited Stonyhurst College, where he shared stories of the physical and mental torture endured at the hands of his captors. John spoke about his moments of reflection, his coping strategies during the darkest moments in captivity, as well as the physical and mental torture he endured with the Sixth Form pupils of the college. During the first few months, he was kept in solitary confinement in a cramped, damp cell no larger than six foot by four.

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Northumberland primary school holds Bright Socks Day for CAFOD
Northumberland primary school holds Bright Socks Day for CAFOD

Pupils from St Benet's in Biscop, Bedlington, Northumberland, held a 'Bright Socks' day to Brighten Up the lives of children and young people across the world as part of a Harvest fundraising campaign by the Catholic aid agency CAFOD. Marie Wright, LRC Manager, said: "Our CAFOD Young Leaders did a great job at 'brightening up harvest' by encouraging staff and students to wear their brightest socks to represent their donations of 20p. They were able to draw attention to the needs of our neighbours in developing countries whilst creating an atmosphere of thanksgiving for our own blessings."

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Edinburgh: Teilhard conference on Theology of Evolution
Edinburgh: Teilhard conference on Theology of Evolution

The British Teilhard Association is sponsoring a FREE one day academic conference: Theology of Evolution--Convergent, Contingent or Directed? on 13 December. The conference will explore new trends in the theology of evolution and is aimed at students, specialists, and the general public. Speakers: Prof Simon Conway Morris (Cambridge); Dr Michael Burdett (Oxford); Dr Conor Cunningham (Nottingham); Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Newman); Dr Bethany Sollereder (Oxford)

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Nine in ten London Catholic schools pay London Living Wage
Nine in ten London Catholic schools pay London Living Wage

Nine in ten of the Capital's Catholic schools pay the London Living Wage, according to a poll of the Capital's 330 Catholic schools. The London Living Wage is different from the national minimum wage and has this week been updated to £9.75 per hour. It is calculated as the minimum amount of money a person can live off in Greater London. It is considerably higher than the minimum wage (£6.70) and the Government's national living wage (£7.20) due to the higher cost of living in London.

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Dr Peter Saunders addresses Alliance of Pro-Life Students
Dr Peter Saunders addresses Alliance of Pro-Life Students

The Alliance of Pro-Life Students held their Celebration & Fundraiser event on Thursday 20th October, with a stirring and emotional endorsement of their work by Dr Peter Saunders, CEO of the Christian Medical Fellowship and Campaign Director of Care Not Killing. The event also included the launch of the Alliance of Pro-Life Students Handbook. Niall O Coinleáin, Chairman of the Alliance of Pro-Life Students, said: "This event is a pivotal moment for the student pro-life movement. The Alliance of Pro-Life Students has a track record of success over its four-year history.

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Record number of Masters students at Heythrop College
Record number of Masters students at Heythrop College

Heythrop College has welcomed a record number of Masters students this year. For the academic year which began in September, Heythrop has 63 full-time first year Masters students who have completed enrolment and a further another 24 who are in the process of enrolling. This marks a significant increase on last year - up by over 100% from 31 enrolled students in 2015/16 - and the largest number ever at the College as the Heythrop receives it final intake of students as a college of the University of London.

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Transgendered student wins right to wear girl's uniform at Catholic school
Transgendered student wins right to wear girl's uniform at Catholic school

A Catholic secondary school in Kent has apologised after sending a transgender pupil home for wearing the wrong uniform and preventing her from using the girls' toilets and changing rooms. Lily Madigan, 18, was born male, but came out as female last year. When she turned up for the first time at St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone dressed in girls' attire she was sent home. More than 200 people signed a petition calling on the school to change its approach to transgender students.

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 'Future of Catholic education reliant on institutions like Leeds Trinity'
'Future of Catholic education reliant on institutions like Leeds Trinity'

Professor Gerald Grace has said that Catholic institutions like Leeds Trinity University have a big role to play in the future development of Catholic education. Speaking at Leeds Trinity. Professor Grace, who has pioneered Catholic Education Studies internationally for over 20 years, said that producing excellent academic results and subsequent employability figures is only part of the total mission and purpose of Catholic education. He said: "Leeds Trinity is a very high achieving university and I would like to congratulate them on their success,

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Leeds Trinity students perform at Ilkley Literature Festival
Leeds Trinity students perform at Ilkley Literature Festival

A group of Leeds Trinity University students performed at the prestigious Ilkley Literature Festival in Yorkshire this week. Ten students from the MA Creative Writing course delivered short stories, flash fiction and poetry from Leeds Trinity's second annual anthology; Journeys: A Space for Words. The collection was written by students and lecturers, and was edited by students Stephanie Buick and Lucy Brighton; who were also responsible for submitting the successful application to perform at this year's festival.

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Job Vacancy: Research Assistant for the Religious Life Vitality Project
Job Vacancy: Research Assistant for the Religious Life Vitality Project

A Conrad N Hilton Foundation grant has enabled the creation of a new Research Assistant role within the Religious Life Vitality Research Project, based at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge. This is a collaborative project between the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University, the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge (MBIT), and the Religious Life Institute (RLI) at Heythrop College, University of London. The Project comprises two separate but related research projects focussing on the future sustainability of Religious Life

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CES welcomes PM's removal of cap on faith admissions
CES welcomes PM's removal of cap on faith admissions

The Catholic Education Service has welcomed a UK government proposal to remove the cap on faith-based admissions for free schools and new academies. In a statement the CES said: "Catholic Church welcomes Prime Minister's removal of the cap on faith admissions. We warmly welcome the Government's proposal to remove the cap on faith-based admissions for free schools and new academies. This will enable new Catholic schools to meet the current parental demand for thousands of new Catholic school places across the country.

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 Launch of Network for Researchers in Catholic Education
Launch of Network for Researchers in Catholic Education

On 20-21 September, Heythrop College, University of London, will host a conference on 'New Thinking about Catholic Education'. At the conference, a new UK-wide network will be launched: The Network for Researchers in Catholic Education on Tuesday 20 September at 5pm. The network aims: To provide opportunities for encounter, collaboration and joint research between researchers in Catholic Education in the UK.. To provide an interface between researchers and policy and practice in Catholic Education..

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London: St Gregory's wins national garden competition
London: St Gregory's wins national garden competition

St Gregory's Catholic Science College in Kenton, west London, has won 'Best School Garden' in a national garden competition run by TV gardener David Domoney's Cultivation Street - a campaign to promote and support community and school garden projects. Over the last six years St Gregory's school garden has been transformed from two areas of unused wasteland into a thriving Eco Garden, which is now used for various educational purposes not only for St Gregory's pupils, but also for pupils from local primary schools and a children's

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  CAFOD launches new GCSE Religious Studies resources to highlight global justice issues
CAFOD launches new GCSE Religious Studies resources to highlight global justice issues

CAFOD has launched a new set of GCSE Religious Studies (RS) resources - in time for the start of the new school year - to help teachers tackle global justice issues within the classroom. The dedicated website contains more than 40 free resources including activities, films and factsheets specifically designed to fit with the AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas exam specifications of the national GCSE RS curriculum. The resources cover a range of topics including the causes and effects of poverty and Christian responses,

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Glasgow: Back to school message from Archbishop Tartaglia
Glasgow: Back to school message from Archbishop Tartaglia

In a Mass offered for teachers and all who work in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, the Archbishop of Glasgow, Most Rev Philip Tartaglia offered a powerful message of encouragement to all who share the task of educating. He said: "Sometimes Catholic teachers feel that they are not virtuous enough or knowledgeable enough or confident enough to give a good account of the faith they are asked to teach, explain and offer to the children or young people who are their pupils.

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Scotland: Catholic Education Committee Open Forum
Scotland: Catholic Education Committee Open Forum

Archbishop Tartaglia invites members of the wider Catholic education community - parents, teachers, students, clergy - to participate in an open forum session of the Catholic Education Commission next Saturday, (27 August). Designed to provide an opportunity to learn about developments affecting Catholic education in Scotland, this session will focus on a new strategic approach to support the professional learning of teachers working in Catholic schools as companions on the journey.

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St Mary's University partners with Institut Catholique de Paris
St Mary's University partners with Institut Catholique de Paris

St Mary's University, Twickenham has announced it has entered into a formal partnership with the Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at the University's graduation ceremonies, which set out areas of co-operation including the exchange of students and staff, the awarding of joint degrees, ICP ecclesiastical degrees, joint summer schools, research collaboration, including the recently opened Benedict XVI Centre, and joint work in the field of Catholic Education.

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Vacancy: Project Coordinator - Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University
Vacancy: Project Coordinator - Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University

A grant from the Conrad N Hilton Foundation has enabled the creation of a new Project Coordinator role to be based within the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS) at Durham University working on the Religious Life Vitality Research Project. This is a collaborative project between Durham University, Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge (MBIT), and the Religious Life Institute (RLI) at Heythrop College, University of London. The Project is actually comprised of two separate but related research projects focussing on

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Newman University professor awarded prestigious mathematics prize
Newman University professor awarded prestigious mathematics prize

Newman University Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Formative Education) Professor Duncan Lawson has been awarded a gold medal by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Professor Lawson received the award alongside Tony Croft, Professor of Mathematics Education at Loughborough University, for their work establishing sigma - a network of support centres dedicated to helping University students develop and improve their mathematical and statistical skills.

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