The Church of Ireland has a role in education in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland through its General Synod Board of Education and several related committees and organisations which seek to support teachers, parents and schoolchildren. These cover both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The duties of the General Synod Board of Education, in pursuance of the missional role of the Church, are to:
- Define the policy of the Church in education,
both religious and secular, and, in promotion of this policy, to take such steps as may be deemed necessary to co–ordinate activities in all fields of education affecting the interests of the Church of Ireland;
- Maintain close contact with Government, Diocesan Boards of Education, and other educational and school authorities with a view to ascertaining the most efficient and economical use of resources, including funds, transport facilities and teachers;
- Support church–based Religious Education and faith development through liaison with such structures and bodies as shall be established by the Church of Ireland to further children’s ministry, youth ministry and Safeguarding;
- Study any legislation or proposed legislation likely to affect the educational interests of the Church of Ireland and take such action with respect thereto as it may deem necessary;
- Deliberate and confer on all educational matters affecting the interests of the Church; and
- Make such enquiries as it shall deem to be requisite and communicate with government authorities and all such bodies and persons as it shall consider necessary.
The Board of Education (Republic of Ireland) advises the General Synod of developments in educational policy, represents the Church as an educational partner to the Department of Education and other educational bodies,
and provides advice to school patrons and boards of management on the management of schools.
It also supports Religious Education in primary schools under Protestant management through the Follow Me programme, and co–ordinates and encourages participation in the Synod Examination in Religious Education. The Board facilitates Garda vetting of workers and volunteers in Church of Ireland primary schools and parishes.
The Follow Me series of Religious Education books is accessible from www.followme-series.org. This project is the Religious Education Programme for National Schools in the Republic of Ireland under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Please click here for a guide to sources of financial assistance towards the education of Church of Ireland children in the State.
News items about our role in education in the Republic are available here.
The Board of Education (Northern Ireland) aims to develop, in conjunction with other churches, a clear and shared vision of education shaped by the core values of the Christian faith, and to seek continued curriculum support of the Religious Education core syllabus in schools.
It advises the General Synod of developments in educational policy in Northern Ireland and represents the Church as an educational partner to the Department of Education and other educational bodies.
The Board liaises with other churches within the Transferor Representatives’ Council (TRC) in promoting the interests and safeguarding the rights of transferors, facilitates the nomination of transferor governors to controlled primary and secondary schools,
and makes submissions to relevant Government consultations. It also works with the Education Authority (EA), the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC), and institutions of higher education.
The Transferor Governor Handbook is a guide to the creative opportunities and responsibilities of governors in the promotion of a positive Christian ethos in their school, the importance of implementing the statutory core syllabus in Religious Education, and the legal and statutory rights of the transferor churches in Northern Ireland.
News items about our role in education in Northern Ireland are available here.
DIALLING INSTRUCTIONS FOR CROSS–BORDER TELEPHONE CALLS
Northern Ireland to Republic of Ireland: Dial +353 & Area Code (drop initial ‘0’) & Local Number
Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland: Dial 048 (instead of 028) & Local Number
Republic of Ireland to Northern Ireland mobile: Dial +44 & Area Code (drop initial ‘0’) & Local Number