comes to an end on 31st December 2009. The Education
and Skills Authority comes into existence on
1st January 2010. It is the Political Body which will
be the central employer of Teachers. In other words
CMMS will no longer be the employer of teachers. The
Bishop is the legal owner of Catholic Schools in the
Diocese. Therefore he will have the obligation
to appoint some members to the Board of Governors. Other
Partners to Education will have the same obligation.
The Board of
Governors will be the Management Committee of the School.
The Bishop will appoint four members to that Board.
The present W.E.L.B will appoint one member and the
present Department of Education will appoint one member.
The Principal of the School will be the Secretary of
the Board of Governors, and the Parents and Teachers
will appoint one member each. The Board of Governors
will be ratified by The Education and Skills Authority.
This is the content of a draft Education Bill for Northern
Ireland. The role of the Board of Governors will change
as it takes on further responsibility. The great responsibility
of the Board of Governors will be to help the Staff
in the School protect the Catholic Ethos of the School
which is now regarded by all sectors in Education to
be central to Catholic Education.
should be practising Catholics who know what a Catholic
Ethos means, and is totally convinced of it. There will
be booklets and talks to help us in this understanding.
There can be no place for a half hearted approach to
Catholic Education among those on the Board of Management.
It will get advice
from The Educational Skills Authority with the legalities
of the school, and the basic legal requirement which
the Board of Governors must follow. However the Board
of Governors will become more pro- active in making
sure that the Catholic Ethos is upheld. We are asked
to have the names for the Board of Governors who represent
the Trustees and those who represent W.E.L.B, and Department
in the Diocesan office by the 1st May 2009. The role
of the Bishops (the Legal owner and Trustee) will be
with be carried out by a Trustee Support Group.
This Body will no longer be a statutory Body, but it
will become a Recognised Charity. We will have therefore
(1) The Education and Skills Authority
which is involved in the administration and legalalities
of the School and (2) and a Management Trustee
Support Group which manages the school. These
distinctions will become clearer as we receive detailed
guidelines. These will be with us very soon. The next
Board of Governors will continue until 2013. They will
be selected in October this year.