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.

East Anglia: First new Catholic school for ten years is approved

St Thomas More Primary in Peterborough

A new Catholic primary school in Hamptons East, Peterborough was approved by Peterborough City Council at a meeting on February 12 and is believed to be the first Catholic school in the whole country to have been given the green light in a decade.

The new maintained voluntary-aided school is due to open in September 2022, initially for 90 pupils before eventually reaching 630. It will als...

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CAFOD director inspires Leicestershire students

Pupils with their trees

Last week, CAFOD's director Christine Allen, spoke at Ramgarhia Community Centre to a packed hall of more than 1,000 students about the role of young people in campaigning for change on issues such as the environment, climate change and global poverty.

Christine said: "It was so motivating to see so many young people finding ways to be good neighbours, both locally and globally.


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Over 150 Catholic teachers attend first ATCRE national conference

More than 150 people packed in the Waldegrave Dining Room at St Mary's University for the first Association of Teachers of Catholic RE national conference. It was standing room only as Catholic RE teachers joined Diocesan representatives, Catholic Education Service staff, Catholic university lecturers and clergy to celebrate Catholic education in England and Wales.

Mary Myatt, a St Mary's...

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Christian Institute challenges council over Relationship and Sex Education policy

Warwickshire County Council is on the brink of a legal challenge over what has been described as "a controversial and misleading policy" for implementing Relationship and Sex Education in primary schools under its care.

Lawyers acting on behalf of The Christian Institute have written to the Council, raising concerns over the policy's "catalogue of errors". They contend it has failed to "t...

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Kettering students take 'Zero Hero' pledge to reduce effects of climate change

To celebrate the end of term, students at St Thomas More Catholic Primary in Kettering decided to join a nationwide campaign to tackle climate change and have pledged to become 'Zero Heroes'.

The 'Zero Hero' campaign was launched last year by international development charity CAFOD to help the next generation understand how we can meet 'net zero' targets - which will help keep the environ...

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Ireland: Schools, Parishes and Families to celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2020

Catholic Schools Week 2020 will be celebrated from Sunday 26 January - Sunday 1 February on the theme 'Catholic Schools: Living in Harmony with God's Creation'. During Catholic Schools Week families, parishes and schools, North and South, are invited to participate in a week of celebration of Catholic schools and on their contribution to the common good of our society.

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Catholic RE teachers association first national conference

The first national conference of The Association of Teachers of Catholic Religious Education (ATCRE) will take place at St Mary's University, Twickenham on Saturday 8th February 2020. It is believed that this will be the largest national event for Catholic RE teachers in England and Wales.

Bishop Alan Williams sm from Brentwood Diocese, will be delivering a keynote session along with over...

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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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