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Events

Keep up to date with upcoming events at CSSC.

The Controlled Schools' Support Council has a range of events planned for 2023/24. 

This page contains the most up to date information. 

For further information on any of our events, please contact info@csscni.org.uk or call 028 9531 3030. 

Communications Ethos Three (Digital Media)

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Stranmillis University College, Belfast
Who should attend:
Open to all controlled schools
Type of event:
Training

Communications Ethos One (Essential Skills)

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Stranmillis University College, Belfast
Who should attend:
Open to all controlled schools
Type of event:
Training

Improvement Ethos - Building Capacity (Day 3)

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Stranmillis University College, Belfast
Who should attend:
Open to all controlled schools
Type of event:
Training
Training
Event Name Event Date Venue Who should attend Purpose of event
Communications Ethos One (Essential Skills) 07 December 2023 09:00 - 07 December 2023 15:00 Stranmillis University College, Belfast Open to all controlled schools

Demonstrates effective and purposeful communication, particularly in relation to the ethos, vision and values of the school. Participants will examine essential communication skills based around four areas:

  • Listening and Comprehension Skills
  • Verbal Skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills

Duration: One day

Delivery: Stranmillis University College 

Date: 7 December 2023

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Communications Ethos Two (Your message) 25 January 2024 09:00 - 25 January 2024 13:00 TBC Open to all controlled schools

Explores fundamental leadership messages in relation to ethos, vision and values and your school. Consideration is given to engagement with various audiences, and effective strategies to communicate school messages.

Duration: Half day

Delivery: External Media Provider 

Date: 25 January 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Communications Ethos Three (Digital Media) 29 February 2024 09:00 - 29 February 2024 15:00 Stranmillis University College, Belfast Open to all controlled schools

Determines effective practice for schools to communicate school messages, including ethos through the world of digital communication, social media and online platforms.

Duration: One day

Delivery: Stranmillis University College

Date: 29 February 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Improvement Ethos - Building Capacity (Day 3) 15 May 2024 09:00 - 15 May 2024 15:30 Stranmillis University College, Belfast Open to all controlled schools

Takes place over an academic year and supports senior leaders to address one strategic priority in their School Development Plan to improve learning and teaching. This module explores four themes:

1. Supporting and developing an ethos of continuous improvement in order to effect change.

2. Rigorous self-evaluation including an investigation of quality assurance tools that may be used to identify strengths and priorities for improvement.

3. Research-informed practices that impact significantly on learning.

4. Lessons from international models of school improvement.

This module comprises two days of interactive, evidence-informed sessions, coaching/mentoring support to effect change and a final celebratory event that provides a platform for participants to present their findings and share their learning outcomes.

Duration: 3 Day Programme with Coaching/Mentoring Support throughout academic year

Delivery: Stranmillis University College

Date(s): 4 October 2023, 8 November 2023 and 15 May 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Governor development
Event Name Event Date Venue Who should attend Purpose of event
Governors and Ethos Four (Challenge)  23 January 2024 19:00 - 23 January 2024 19:45 Online Open to all controlled schools

Reviews the features of effective school governance in leading the ethos of a school which include: leading the school with clarity and 

direction, effective team-work, accountability mechanisms, strategic thinking and a drive for school improvement.

Governors will explore how challenge can be recognised and consideration will be given to the different types of challenge to school ethos. The OSKAR Coaching Model will be examined as a framework to address challenge. There will be a contribution from a serving Principal who explores challenge to ethos within a controlled school. Participants will also be introduced to an international theoretical model which can be used to evaluate school ethos.

Duration: 45 Minutes

Delivery: Online session

Date: 23 January 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Governors and Ethos Five (TIP Part 1)  06 February 2024 19:00 - 06 February 2024 19:45 Online Open to all controlled schools

Provides governors with an overview of how trauma informed practice can enrich a school’s ethos representing an approach which supports all children and young people.  The session will provide a definition of trauma and adverse childhood experiences and explore the health and wellbeing impacts and behaviour that children may present with in the classroom.  This module provides an overview of the Safeguarding Board Northern Ireland’s Level 2 training that CSSC can provide for schools and is recommended for the governors of schools considering or in the process of developing a trauma informed approach.  

Duration: 45 Minutes

Delivery: Online session

Date: 6 February 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Governors and Ethos Six (TIP Part2) 27 February 2024 19:00 - 27 February 2024 19:45 Online Open to all controlled schools

Is a progressive developmental module which builds upon Governor awareness of trauma and adverse childhood experiences from Governors Ethos Five. This module considers how trauma informed approaches contribute to school ethos by supporting the resilience of children and young people. The importance of relationships and the presence of an emotionally available adult is explored as well as the importance of PACE approaches in supporting children and young people.  Governors are encouraged to consider how a culture of safety and support can also be provided for staff thus supporting the emotional health and wellbeing of the adults who work with children and young people. 

Duration: 45 Minutes

Delivery: Online session

Date: 27 February 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Governors and Ethos Seven (Coaching Ethos) 07 May 2024 19:00 - 07 May 2024 19:45 Online Open to all controlled schools

Advocates how a coaching approach to leadership can contribute to school ethos. Governors will explore the elements of a high performing team whilst raising their awareness of coaching skills and techniques, including active listening, asking good questions and providing effective feedback. 

Duration: 45 Minutes

Delivery: Online session

Date: 7 May 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here. 

Governors and Ethos Eight (Community)  21 May 2024 19:00 - 21 May 2024 19:45 Online Open to all controlled schools

Establishes the important link Governors provide between the school and the community. Consideration will be given to what it means for a school to be at the heart of its community, how a school can reflect its local community and the role the community can play in supporting the school. The positive impact community groups have on school ethos and the contribution they make to the life of the school is also considered.

Duration: 45 Minutes

Delivery: Online session

Date: 21 May 2024

Register your expression of interest to attend event as part of Ethos and Leadership programme here.

Full Ethos and Leadership programme details here.