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The aims of the General Synod Board of Education 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, the Department of Education and Skills, 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;
  • 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;
  • 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 current aims of the Board of Education RI are to:

  • Shall have the power to represent the Board of Education of the General Synod in all educational matters applying solely to the Republic of Ireland;
  • Will 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 Skills (DE&S) 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;
  • Facilitate Garda vetting of workers and volunteers in Church of Ireland primary schools and parishes.

Board of Education (Northern Ireland)
The current aims of the Board of Education NI are to:

  • Develop, in conjunction with other churches, a clear and shared vision of education shaped by core values of the Christian faith;
  • Advise the Synod of developments in educational policy in NI 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 departmental consultations;
  • Engage with the new Education Authority and forthcoming Controlled Sector Skills Council;
  • 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;
  • Provide a training and advisory service to bishops, dioceses and parishes in the implementation of Safeguarding Trust;
  • Prepare for requirements under the Adult Safeguarding legislation;
  • 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.
 

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