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Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Education Service Bulletin – Witness to the Word.

Consultation on Faith Designation Reforms for new and Existing Free Schools and Special Academies

You will be aware that the Government have announced a consultation process to gather evidence and opinion on their proposal to lift the current ‘Faith Cap’. This is a part of legislation which the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the CES and many others have been lobbying Ministers for a change for many years. It is crucial that as many positive responses as possible can be presented through the consultation to ensure that this proposed changes, will take place.

For those who have already responded to the consultation, you will have become aware that there are a series of questions which many may not have the information to answer accurately. To assist respondents, the CES have provided a simple ‘e-action response’ which enables an email response to be submitted with much less input required on the part of the respondent – just name and email address. The e-action response is now available on the Bishops’ Conference website and can be accessed through the following link:

Lifting the 50% Cap on Catholic School Admissions – Catholic Bishops’ Conference The decision is subject to a consultation on removing the cap, that closes on 20 June. We would encourage Catholics in England and Wales to respond positively to this consultation.

Please encourage as many members of your school and parish communities to respond to this consultation before it closes on 20th June 2024.

Our final online Headteacher update sessions for this academic year will take place on Monday 24th June and Tuesday 25th June which you will need to register for in advance. If there are any items you would wish to have covered on the agenda, please contact me directly.

Wishing you all a very peaceful half term holiday for next week,

Peter Sweeney MA FCCT | Director of Education

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