About SCES

The Scottish Catholic Education Service (SCES) was established in August 2003 by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland to establish and implement national policy on all educational matters on behalf of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Scotland.

While the Bishop of each Diocese is responsible for setting education policy to suit the needs of the Catholic community within the local diocesan context, there are broad issues of national significance on which all the Dioceses agree general policy principles, as advised by SCES. We work within the parameters of these national issues to offer support to schools, parishes and Dioceses. 

Our Values

SCES is committed to exemplify Christian life-affirming values and to show respect for the dignity of each person, gifted with life worthy of development from creation into eternity.  We strive to find common ground with all parties who are committed to this vision of Education for Life.

We aim to:

  • articulate and communicate a vision for Catholic education
  • develop and implement strategic plans for the development of Catholic education in Scotland
  • promote the achievements of Catholic schools
  • support teachers in their work as faith witnesses
  • develop appropriate CPD courses and materials for teachers
  • develop effective links with major partners
  • encourage research into issues relating to Catholic education.