September 2016 saw the creation of a new advocacy body for almost half of all schools in Northern Ireland, the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC).
It is the first time, in over thirty years, that the sector has a representative voice.
The need for CSSC has been made abundantly clear, with 96% of controlled schools opting-in to register with the Council.
The launch of CSSC was the culmination of almost five years of work by a 10-person working group comprising serving and ex-principals and members of the Transferor Representatives' Council. This work is now be taken forward by the first Board of Directors, elected at the inaugural AGM on 8 March 2017.
Council works on behalf of schools and the wider controlled education sector to enhance the quality of education provision.
CSSC focuses on:
- Advocacy - on behalf of the individual controlled schools and the sector as a whole
- Ethos - developing and maintaining the collective ethos of the sectors
- Governance - identifying, encouraging and nominating Governors to controlled schools and ensuring ethos is part of employment considerations
- Raising standards - working with Education Authority to raise educational standards
- Schools’ estate - assessing controlled provision, participating in area planning and engaging in strategic planning processes.
The Council works in partnership with the Department of Education, and other sectoral bodies and, of course schools.
The Controlled Schools’ Support Council supports controlled schools, which are open to all faiths and none, in providing high quality education for children and young people to enable them to learn, develop and grow together, within the ethos of non-denominational Christian values and principles.