Controlled Schools' Support Council

Controlled Schools' Support Council

Second Floor, Main Building
Stranmillis University College
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday

9.00am - 5.00pm

The Controlled Schools' Support Council advocates on behalf of the largest education sector in Northern Ireland, comprising 48% of all schools.

September 2016 saw the creation of a new advocacy body for almost half of all schools in Northern Ireland, the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC).

It is the first time, in over thirty years, that the sector has a representative voice.

The need for CSSC has been made abundantly clear in the short time it has been in existence, with 90% of controlled schools opting-in to register with the Council.  

This was the culmination of almost five years of work by a 10-person working group comprising serving and ex-principals and members of the Transferors Representative Council.  This work will now be taken forward by the new Board of Directors, elected at the first AGM on 8 March.

The Council will work on behalf of schools and the wider controlled education sector to enhance the quality of education provision.

CSSC will focus on:

  • Advocacy - on behalf of individual schools and the wider controlled sector
  • Ethos – to develop and maintain the ethos of the controlled sector 
  • Governance – to support the Education Authority regarding the appointment and training of governors
  • Raising standards – to assist schools to further raise levels of achievement 
  • Area planning –to look at development plans for changes to school provision 

The Council will work in partnership with the Education Authority, the Department of Education, other sectoral bodies and, of course schools.

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