Purpose

Aims of Education Sunday

06/02/2014 3:40 pm

Priests Visit School

The aims of Education Sunday are to:

Recognise the history of Catholic education

The Catholic Church was one of the first providers of schools and universities in the country and remains a fundamental part of our national education system. The Catholic Church provides 105 of schools across England and Wales, and is the largest provider of secondary schools in the country.

Give thanks to teachers and school staff

To date, there are over 46,000 teachers and 36,000 support staff working in Catholic schools in England. It is important that we use Education Sunday as an opportunity to give thanks for all staff who work in Catholic schools and the hard work that they do in educating and supporting children across the country.

Acknowledge the contribution of Catholic schools to the community

Catholic schools in England serve a more diverse community than other state schools with a disproportionate number of pupils in Catholic schools coming from the most deprived areas and around one third of pupils in Catholic schools coming from ethnic minority backgrounds. Education Sunday is an opportunity to give thanks and celebrate the contribution of Catholic schools to community cohesion.

Celebrate the academic achievements of Catholic schools

Catholic schools are very successful in their academic achievements. In England, 82% of Catholic primary schools have Ofsted grades of good or outstanding. As well as this, Catholic schools outperform the national average English and Maths SATs scores by 5% as well as outperforming the national average GCSE sores by 5%. Education Sunday is a time for us all to celebrate and share in the academic achievements of Catholic education, helping to strengthen the links of support between schools and parishes.