The Catholic Association of Teachers, Schools & Colleges, CATSC
"Providing quality professional support to Catholic teachers, schools and colleges."
CATSC evolved from two associations in 1996 – CTF Catholic Teachers Federation, and ACSC Association of Catholic Schools and Colleges. CATSC was formed in April 1996 and officially launched by Cardinal Basil Hume at Westminster. The Cardinal referred to the rich tradition which was being carried on by the Association. He commended the Association to all teachers who through their commitment, expertise and experience 'may play a part in the Church's mission to the world so that children and parents will benefit from your vocation.. I am confident that the Association will most ably represent you, enable you to work, act and pray together, for the benefit of Catholic Education ...' Ecclesiastical liaison was continued through Bishop Edwin Regan, the Bishop of Wrexham, until 2008, when the role was accepted by Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton. Bishop Doyle is himself the son of a former CTF President!
We are pleased to count CATSC as a major partner. For more information visit their website at
Catholic Independent Schools Conference
CISC exists to:
  • promote the work of Catholic independent schools throughout the UK. (Schools in membership include day and boarding schools, single-sex and co-educational, junior and senior schools and Special Schools.)
  • give support and advice to member schools.
  • organise events and activities including an Annual Conference and Study Days.
  • provide a help line for those seeking to find a Catholic independent school for their children.
We are pleased to be partners with CISC. Full details may be obtained from their website
The Catholic Education Service
The Catholic Education Service (CES) acts on behalf of the Catholic Bishops' Conference to support Catholic education. They have a strong and positive working relationship with the British and Welsh Government, sharing the aims of high academic standards for all and increased parental choice.
Catholic schools make up 10% of the national total of maintained schools. There are over 2000 Catholic schools, academies and colleges in England educating over 800,000 pupils. The Catholic Church and the Church of England together provide one-third of all of the schools in the country. CES are pleased to partner Networking – Catholic Education Today journal.
Full details of CES can be found on their website
Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES)
SCES was established as an agency of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland to implement their strategic plans for Catholic Education. They work with a range of individual colleagues, partner associations and Church agencies in their efforts to promote and support Catholic education in Scotland. Some of this work involves discussion and consultation with officials from local Councils, the Scottish Government, many educational organisations and other groups. Other work includes the development of resources and support materials for schools and parishes.
Full details of SCES can be found on their website
Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education (CRDCE)
The Centre for Research and Development in Catholic Education (CRDCE) undertakes research on the distinctive history and culture of Catholic schooling and issues of ethos, curricula, leadership and 'effectiveness' of Catholic education, nationally and internationally.
Established in 1997 as the first ever research centre for Catholic education in Europe, the Centre is supported by donations from religious congregations with missions in education. The Centre provides tutorial support and advice for students undertaking scholarly and research investigations in the field of Catholic education.
Director: Professor Gerald Grace
Professor Gerald Grace is a Research editorial contributor to Networking - Catholic Education Today.
To visit CRDCE website go to
Association of Catholic Chaplains in Education
The Association is a chaplaincy service in the Primary, Secondary and Sixth form sectors of education.
The Association was founded as part of the reorganisation of the Catholic Education Services (CES). ACCE holds an annual conference often at Swanwick in Derbyshire. The document 'Chaplaincy: The Change and The Challenge' (CES) sets out the underlying organisation of ACCE.
Contact the National Organiser, Diana Polisano, at or c/o The Diocesan Centre, Mornington Crescent, Mackworth, Derbyshire, DE22 4BD