Board of Education
The duties of the General Synod Board of Education, in pursuance of the missional role of the Church of Ireland, 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.
Board of Education (Republic of Ireland)
The Board of Education (RI) has power to represent the Board of Education of the General Synod in all educational matters applying solely to the Republic of Ireland. The Board’s role is to:
- Advise the General Synod of developments in educational policy in the Republic of Ireland and will represent the Church as an educational partner to the Department of Education and other educational bodies;
- Support, through the Follow Me programme, Religious Education in primary schools under Protestant management;
- Co–ordinate and encourage the participation in the Synod Examination in Religious Education;
- Provide training and advice to Bishops and boards of management;
- Provide training and an advisory service to Bishops, dioceses and parishes in the implementation of Safeguarding Trust; and
- Facilitate Garda vetting of workers and volunteers in Church of Ireland primary schools and parishes.
News items for the Board of Education (RI) are available here.
Board of Education (Northern Ireland)
The Board of Education (NI) has power to represent the Board of
Education of the General Synod in all educational matters applying
solely to Northern Ireland. The Board’s role is to:
- Nominate Church of Ireland representatives to any education body in Northern Ireland as required (examples of such bodies are the Transferor Representatives’ Council, the Education Authority, and the Controlled Schools’ Support Council);
- Work at all times to preserve and exercise the statutory rights accorded to the Church of Ireland as a transferor church and as managing authority in respect of those schools not transferred to state control;
- Work, as appropriate, with other transferor churches to ensure that the statutory requirements as set out in the Education and Libraries
(Northern Ireland) Order 1986 in respect of the provision of Religious Education and collective worship in controlled and voluntary schools other than nursery and special schools are preserved and complied with;
- Develop, in conjunction with other churches, a clear and shared vision of education shaped by core values of the Christian faith;
- Advise the General Synod of developments in educational policy in Northern Ireland and represent the Church as an educational partner to the Department of Education and other educational bodies;
- Liaise with other churches within the Transferor Representatives’ Council (TRC)
in promoting the interests and safeguarding the rights of transferors;
- Facilitate the nomination of transferor governors to controlled primary and secondary schools;
- Make submissions to relevant Government consultations;
- Engage with institutions of higher education regarding the future preparation of teachers for the controlled sector;
- Seek, in conjunction with other churches, continued curriculum support of the RE core syllabus in schools;
- Contribute to training and support for children’s ministry in parishes, in particular as a member of the Church of Ireland Children’s Ministry Network.
News items for the Board of Education (NI) are available here.