Education

Stories from Catholic universities, colleges and schools in the UK and around the world. It also includes news relevant to educational resources, and articles by pupils and students.


Manchester: Pupils organise 'Coin Mile' challenge for CAFOD

Manchester school pupils have come up with an imaginative fundraising initiative - voting to collect old coins to create a 'Coin Mile' with all proceeds going to charity.

Last term, the pupils at The Divine Mercy RC Primary School in Manchester decided that they wanted to fundraise for the international development charity CAFOD by holding an intra-class competition to see which class cou...

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St Mary's University announces new Vice-Chancellor

Anthony McClaran

St Mary's University Twickenham, has announced the appointment of Anthony McClaran as its new Vice-Chancellor.

Mr McClaran joins St Mary's from the Australian Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) where he has served as Chief Executive since 2015. Prior to moving to Australia, Mr McClaran was Chief Executive of the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) (...

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Cornwall: Pupils make Christmas decorations in CAFOD fundraiser

Some of the  St Mary's pupils with their  handcrafted decorations

Cornish school pupils who gave up their lunchtimes to create charity Christmas decorations are celebrating after their efforts raised over £550 which will help support people in developing countries to break free from poverty.

During Advent, Year 6 pupils at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Bodmin, decided to design and sell their own Christmas decorations in the hopes of fundraising f...

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Newman University announces new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jackie Dunne

The governing body of Newman University has appointed Professor Jackie Dunne as its next Vice-Chancellor. Professor Dunne will join Newman in March 2020, following the retirement of Professor Scott Davidson.

Professor Dunne is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, where she has had responsibility for a number of strategic areas including; Widening participa...

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Luton primary school pupils pledge to become Zero Heroes

Three fledgling Zero Heroes at  St Martin de Porres Harvest Workshop

Pupils at St Martin de Porres Primary School in Luton have been inspired by CAFOD's Harvest story, and have now pledged to become 'Zero Heroes'.

A few weeks ago, Peter Haddon, an Education Volunteer at CAFOD, visited all of the Key Stage 2 pupils at St Martin de Porres Primary.

Peter organised Harvest workshops for both Year 4 classes which focused on telling the story of Fabiano, a...

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New Live Simply school in West London

Deputy Head Tania Hunt with Livesimply display

Mount Carmel Primary School in Ealing, West London, received its Livesimply award last week after a two-hour assessment organised by CAFOD. For more than a year the school of around 30 staff and 470 pupils has put into action a plan to move towards living simply, sustainably and in solidarity with the poor.

The assessors - Barbara Kentish (Westminster Justice and Peace) and Ellen Teague (...

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Cambridge: Course on Jesus' Ancestresses in Word and Art - Booking Now

The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17 names only five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba and Mary. For centuries people have been intrigued by the inclusion of these diverse and often unorthodox women. Exploring their individual stories through Scripture, commentary, literature and art this four-week afternoon course, led by Dr Rosalie Moloney at the Margaret Beaufort Institute...

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General election: Why Catholic schools matter

With just two weeks to go before the UK General Election on 12 December, Rt Rev Marcus Stock, Bishop of Leeds and Chairman of the Catholic Education Service, advises voters to find out where candidates and their parties stand on Catholic schools. Bishop Marcus writes:

As a religious community we value our partnership with the government in the provision of Catholic educa...

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Scottish Parliament to debate positive contribution of Catholic schools

Barbara Coupar

The Scottish Parliament will on Tuesday 26 November 2019, debate Motion S5M-19246, on the Positive Contribution of Catholic Schools to Scotland. The motion proposed by Elaine Smith, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour, states that: 'the Parliament recognises the positive contribution that Catholic schools have made to Scotland's education system, in particular since the historic Education (Scotla...

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Basingstoke teacher training helps create global links

Trying out the new CAFOD resources at Bishop Challoner School

A new programme that is championing the teaching of global issues throughout the curriculum and across continents has inspired the teachers of Basingstoke who are urging others to get involved.

Teachers at Bishop Challoner School in Basingstoke recently attended a special training day, run by development charity CAFOD, and supported by the British Council, to better understand how to inte...

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Catholic and Jewish schools in joint charity day

A hive of activity in Mill Hill as children from nine schools put Vinnie Packs together

Last Thursday, 75 Children from Catholic and Jewish schools gathered for a day of interfaith encounter and charity. The students worked together out the parish hall of Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate parish in Mill Hill to assemble 400 'Vinnie Packs'.

The day celebrated the twin occasions of Mitzvah Day and World Day of the Poor, which both fell on Sunday 17th of November. Mitzvah Day is...

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Ealing: St Benedict's students visit Vietnam

Climbing into a cramped tunnel

St Benedict's History department led a fascinating trip to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in October. Students from Years 11 and 13 enjoyed stunning scenery and returned with an enriched understanding of Vietnamese history and culture.

The very first day of the trip was packed with interesting experiences. Having landed in Hanoi very early in the morning, and after a traditional Vietnamese br...

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Harrow: Young people trained up to tackle bullying with Diana Award

Anti-Bullying trainers and Ambassadors with Assistant Principal Paul Higginson

A hundred students took part in a one-day anti-bullying training session run by The Diana Award at St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Harrow, west London, on 29 October.

Young people from nine local schools, aged 14-17, worked together and acquired vital skills to enable them to change the attitudes and behaviours of bullying in their school or College by building their skills and confide...

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Pope: Catholic universities must educate students to social, relational responsibility

Pope Francis received members of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, and reminded them that the fruits of study must have a relational and social purpose.

'New Frontiers for University Leaders: The Future of Health and the University Ecosystem' was the theme of the forum held in Rome, dedicated to the topics and challenges currently driving university transformation.

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