Roman Catholic denominational schools in Scotland: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

  1. Number of overall teaching posts within Catholic denominational schools in Scotland ?
  2. Number of current teachers with Catholic Teaching Certificate for Primary schools in Scotland ?
  3. Numbers of non-denominational teachers currently working in Catholic primary schools in Scotland ?
  4. Confirmation that it is a legal requirement to be baptised Catholic to work in a Catholic school and the legislation to support/deny this claim ?


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have all the information you have requested. Please see the responses to your questions below.

  1. At the time of the 2022 teacher census there were 8,836 full-time equivalent teachers working in Roman Catholic Schools. This may differ from the number of full time equivalent posts as some posts may have been vacant at the time of the census in September 2022.
  2. Information not held.
  3. Information not held.
  4. Section 21 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 states that: “A teacher appointed to any post on the staff of any such school by the education authority shall satisfy the Secretary of State as to qualification, and shall be required to be approved as regards [their] religious belief and character by representatives of the church or denominational body in whose interest the school has been conducted.”

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