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 organisations which seek to support teachers,
parents and schoolchildren.
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
- 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
Follow Me 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. The Follow Me series of Religious Education books is accessible from www.followme-series.org
News items for the Board of Education (RI) 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 works closely with the Presbyterian and Methodist 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 post–primary schools, and makes submissions to
relevant government consultations. The Board has representation on the
Board of the Education Authority and the Board of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council. The Board works also with institutions of higher initial teacher 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 for the Board of Education (NI) are available here.
Making 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