This country owes a huge debt to Catholic schools

Despite the fierce debate about the Church’s role in education, a century after its schools were brought into the state system, it’s vital to recognise their contribution

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This year marks the centenary of the Education (Scotland) Act 1918, which is rightly perceived as a defining moment in Catholic schools becoming part of the state-funded school system.

Section 18 of the act addressed the transfer of voluntary or denominational schools. It did not specifically refer to Catholic schools but rather to a wider range of institutions, including Episcopalian schools and a small number of Church of Scotland and Free Church of Scotland schools that had not transferred following the Education (Scotland) Act 1872.

Nevertheless, section 18 offered conditions that were ...

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