The Catholic Education Commission made a good start in new efforts to support parents at a seminar held on Saturday 25th August 2012 in the Xavier Centre at Carfin Grotto. 

Representatives of Parent Councils from a number of Dioceses heard from Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien and Bishop Joseph Devine on the vital role of parents in their children’s education.  James McVittie, Chair of the Catholic Education Commission, and Tony Coultas, Chair of the CEC’s working group on Parental Involvement, spoke to the Commission’s determination to ensure a greater participation by parents in the development of Catholic education.

A report on the seminar’s main outcomes, which include parents’ recommendations on what further action is required, is provided in the attachments below. The main presentation used at the seminar is also attached.


  1. By the end of October 2012 the Catholic Education Commission will invite a number of parents to represent parents in their Dioceses on a national working group. which will address the priorities identified in the CEC’s Action Plan.
  2. Other parents who expressed an interest in being part of a ‘reference group’ will be advised of developments and asked to give their views as we go forward.
  3. All Parent Councils will be advised of developments and asked to keep in touch via the SCES wesbite.

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