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S5W-08458: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 4 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the right of parents to educate children in Catholic schools, and whether it plans to review this.

Answered by: John Swinney 19 April 2017

Section 30 of the Education (Scotland) Act places a duty on the parents of every child of school age to provide an efficient education suitable for the age, ability and aptitude of the child and whether that is in a local authority school or by other means. The other means would include home education and independent schools.

The Scottish Government supports the right of the Roman Catholic Church to give witness to its faith, and to uphold the traditions of Catholic education. We value the contribution made by Roman Catholic schools, and have no intention of changing the current position where faith aspects of the curriculum in Catholic schools are determined by the Scottish Catholic Education Service.

The Scottish Government welcomes the positive contribution that denominational education can make to Scottish education in ensuring successful learners, effective contributors, responsible citizens and confident individuals. The Scottish Government have no plans to review Catholic schools.