Diversity and inclusivity showcased in controlled schools’ report

The Controlled Schools’ Support Council has today, Thursday 11 April, released its latest analysis of the controlled education sector.

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The largest education sector in Northern Ireland, accounting for 49% of all schools and educating over 143,600 children


Providing education across all school types – nursery, primary, secondary, grammar and special schools. The controlled sector also includes a number of integrated and Irish medium schools


Providing education for children of all faiths and none, plus over a third of newcomer pupils in Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the report, Barry Mulholland, Chief Executive, CSSC, said

“The statistics clearly demonstrate that the controlled education sector is a large and distinctive education system.  

“CSSC’s report showcases the diversity and inclusivity of controlled schools, which are open to all faiths and none. 

“Controlled schools provide education to over 143,000 children and young people to enable them to learn, develop and grow together, within the ethos of non-denominational Christian values and principles.”

The Controlled schools support council key statistics report is available to download here.


11 April 2019