How to teach in a Catholic state school in Scotland

As the Scottish government prepares for a major increase in funding for a Catholic teaching programme, Alastair Lichten explains how the Catholic Church dominates recruitment in ‘its’ schools in Scotland.

You’re a newly qualified teacher and you’ve just seen an advert for a new teaching post at your local state school. You’re eager to apply. But not so fast. Like one in five public schools in Scotland this is a Catholic school, so there are going to be some extra hurdles. You might think that all you need is your expertise and willingness to put pupils’ interests first. But in fact, those things might be a disadvantage as the archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, recently told teachers you should “prioritise the Catholic mission of your school over other considerations”.

The ‘NSS articles’ category contains links to my opinion pieces, written while a campaigns officer or head of education for the National Secular Society, before June 2022. You can read the full original of this article here >>>

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