Exploring ethos in controlled schools

The most recent meeting of the ethos working group at CSSC took place on Wednesday 6 December. The working group has been established by CSSC to explore the ethos, values and collective worship of the controlled education sector.


The group were joined by Mr Uel McCrea and Mr Hugh McCarthy, both of whom previously worked tirelessly to achieve the establishment of what is now CSSC.  They provided invaluable, historical information to the present working party.

School Support Officer Heather McKenzie said

Whilst there is a wide diversity in the controlled  sector, controlled schools all adhere to core principles and Christian values.

CSSC staff have been engaging with schools, the Transferors’ Representatives Council , Stranmillis College and other stakeholders to examine and discuss ethos in controlled schools.

Ethos is one of CSSC’s five main functions and the working group has been established to provide the strategic direction for the organisation to support schools in developing and maintaining the controlled sector ethos.

The school support officers are currently engaging with schools to discuss ethos and values to ensure that the work of the group is informed by the experience of principals in controlled schools.  If you would like to contribute to this work please contact Heather McKenzie on 028 9531 3048 or at heather.mckenzie@csscni.org.

The next meeting of the working party is scheduled for late January and will take into account all contributions from schools in this important work.


11 December 2017