Catholic Education and Formation

The Department of Catholic Education and Formation is responsible for promoting Catholic education as well as encouraging lay, priestly and religious vocations. The Catholic Education Service (CES) supports the educational work of the Church in England and Wales by working at policy level and at the statutory interface with Government, its agencies and Non-Government Organisations. The National Office for Vocation (NOV) works nationally and locally to affirm the calling to marriage, single life, the diaconate as well as priesthood and consecrated life. The Chair of the department is Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP of Liverpool.


Safeguard the future of Catholic education

Are you a Catholic who wants to send your child to a Catholic school? Do you support the right of Catholic parents/guardians to choose a Catholic education for their child or children? Do you want to safeguard the future of Catholic education in England? If the answer's yes to any of these questions, we urgently need your help. Read more



The second edition of this document, the 'Charter for Priestly Formation in England and Wales', outlines the foundations behind the formation of men for the... Read more


Catholic Education

The Catholic Church was arguably the first provider of schools and universities in England. In 1905 the Catholic Education Council was established as the ove...Read more


Vocation (NOV)

The National Office for Vocation is an Office of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its mission is to build a culture of vocation in the Church... Read more


Learning to Love

A document of the Department of Education and Formation. An introduction to Catholic Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) for Catholic Educators. 20 March 2017.

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