Welcome to The Cloisters, the blog of the St Andrew’s Foundation, the home of Catholic Teacher Education in Scotland.

The aim of The Cloisters is to stimulate reflection, discussion and scholarship in the field of Catholic Education and Catholic Religious Education both in Scotland and further afield.

Much as the monastic cloisters once did, this blog hopes to provide a space of meeting, encounter, and dialogue. It seeks to provide a forum for staff, students, and alumni, as well as teachers, parents and clergy to articulate a vision of Catholic Education, and to circulate fresh ideas, good practice and areas for growth. 

We warmly invite and encourage contributions as well as comment and discussion. Please be respectful and constructive in your comments. Comments that are offensive or inappropriate will be deleted by the moderators.

Latest from the Blog

Prophets of the Future 4: Results-driven Education and Catholic Schools

In this series, 4th year primary Catholic Teaching Certificate students share the findings of their studies on a new elective course entitled Prophets of a Future not our Own: Catholic Schools and Contemporary Issues. Morgan Healy, MEduc4 student Today, the view of education as a measure of success is a globalised discourse. Assessment-driven educational systems … Read more Prophets of the Future 4: Results-driven Education and Catholic Schools

The Forgotten Feasts of Easter

James McDevitt Many years ago, I was at Mass with my school on the Feast of the Ascension. During his homily, the priest told the children that he asked one question to adults when they came to him looking to get married in the Catholic Church. The question was: “Name the four great Feast Days … Read more The Forgotten Feasts of Easter

Narrating the Resurrection

James McDevitt (Head Teacher, Holy Cross Primary School, Edinburgh) All Christians are aware of the basic story of Easter. Jesus died on the Cross on Good Friday, and on Sunday, the third day, he rose from the dead. The stone had been rolled away, the tomb was empty and the Risen Jesus appeared to his … Read more Narrating the Resurrection