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Praising pupils can be harmful

The inevitable result will be to open Catholic teachers up to increased scrutiny, pressures and complaints

Michael Gove has been appointed Conservative Chief Whip (PA)

The outgoing Education Secretary wanted to revitalise the Catholic school system, but he only met heel-dragging and indifference

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary (Photo: PA)

English and Welsh bishops agree to ‘resist any pressure’ to establish such schools

Diocese of Westminster announces formation of academy trusts and says primary schools are to convert status too

Michael Gove: 'Catholic schools must be allowed sufficient autonomy to integrate the Catholic faith into every aspect of school life' (Photo: PA)

Education Secretary says academy status offers Catholic schools the chance to ‘extend hard-won freedoms’

Roisin Maguire, St Joseph’s headmistress, with David O’Neill, chairman of governors

Jubilation at new academy

St Joseph’s College in Trent Vale, Staffordshire, celebrates becoming an academy

Bishop Malcolm McMahon, chairman of the Catholic Education Service (Photo: Mazur)

The Catholic Education Service says it will make sure Catholic schools can become academies if they and their bishops want to

Michael Gove speaks to teaching staff at Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy in Bromley, Kent (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Catholic Education Service urges Government to consider voluntary-aided academies part-funded by Catholics

Education Secretary Michael Gove at the City of London Academy. The school is one of 200 academies already operating in England        Photo: PA

But head of CES warns that free schools and new academy schools will only be able to select half of their pupils on the basis of faith

Eighty-four Catholic schools have expressed an interest in becoming academies this September