Making aspiration a reality

The advocacy body for almost half of Northern Ireland’s schools has today, Friday 11 October 2019, published its three-year corporate plan, setting out its objectives and foundations for success.

CSSC launch corporate plan 2019-2022

The controlled sector is diverse and inclusive, comprising nursery, special, primary and post-primary schools, and inlcudes controlled integrated and Irish medium schools.  Controlled schools welcome pupils from all faiths and none.

The work has been led by Shane McCurdy, CSSC’s Head of Corporate Services, who said,

“CSSC has been advocating successfully on behalf of controlled schools since its inception in September 2016, and this plan, entitled ‘Making aspiration a reality’, sets out the role and work of the organisation for the next three years.

“Our work falls within six key functions, and the corporate plan elaborates on what this means for schools in terms of what they can expect from CSSC.  It highlights the foundations that will ensure the successful achievement of our objectives.”

CSSC’s key functions are summarised as follows:

  • advocacy – a voice to be heard
  • ethos – values to share
  • governance – serving schools and learners
  • raising standards – no limits here
  • estate planning – a space to grow
  • external relationships – crossing thresholds

The organisations’ foundations for success include:

  • effective relationship management
  • effective resource management
  • effective communications
  • effective governance arrangements

In addition, Council has agreed that the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles) should guide everything that Council members and employees do.

Shane McCurdy concluded,
“CSSC’s vision underpins all our work, and this corporate plan is no exception.  CSSC will continue to seek to ‘support controlled schools, which are open to all faiths and none, in providing high quality education for children and young people to enable them to develop and grow together, within the ethos of non-denominational Christian values and principles.’
“We are grateful to the support of controlled school leaders, the Department of Education and other organisation with which we work closely, including the Education Authority, Stranmillis University College and the Transferor Representatives’ Council, as we continue to realise our vision.”
The CSSC corporate plan can be downloaded here


11 October 2019