Secretary of State for Scotland marks Catholic Education Legislation 


100 years of Catholic State education will be marked today (Wednesday 21 November) when Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, MP will be presented with an Icon commemorating the landmark legislation. This year is the centenary of the 1918 Education Act, which saw Catholic schools transfer from Diocesan control to State governance. 


A delegation from the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland led by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Catholic Education Commission and Mrs Barbara Coupar, Director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service will travel to London to meet Mr Mundell, celebrate Mass at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster and attend a reception hosted by Patrick Grady MP.


Speaking ahead of the visit, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: “The Education (Scotland) Act of 1918 which brought Catholic schools into the public provision of education was a visionary piece of legislation which gave the Catholic community both social justice and the incentive to create an educational culture fuelled and sustained by the energy and light of faith, and this has been and continues to be greatly to the good of the young people of Scotland and of Scottish society as a whole.”