Applications sought for a Chairperson and Members for the Board of the Council for the Curriculum Examinations & Assessment (CCEA)

Date published: 19 October 2020

The Department of Education has launched a public appointments competition to appoint a Chairperson and at least five Members to the Board of the Council for the Curriculum Examinations & Assessment (CCEA).

CCEA is a Department of Education sponsored non-departmental public body, and is responsible for keeping under review all aspects of the curriculum, examinations and assessment for schools including developing, conducting and moderating qualifications and assessments.

The Chairperson role involves ensuring that the CCEA’s policies and actions support the NI Executive’s Programme for Government targets and the strategic policies of the Minister of Education, and that the CCEA’s affairs are conducted with regularity and probity and deliver value for money.

The member’s role is to contribute to the development of the CCEA’s strategy; ensuring that it is consistent with the Minister’s priorities and DE aims and objectives; to challenge and work for consensus in the decision making processes of the Council; and contribute to the work associated with the discharge of CCEA’s statutory functions.

Education Minister, Peter Weir said: “CCEA has a central role to play in delivering against the NI Executive’s priorities for education: advising on the curricular provision in schools; monitoring through statutory assessment the standards and outcomes achieved by children and young people; and as Northern Ireland’s leading awarding body offering a diverse range of qualifications.

“I will be appointing a new Chairperson and five new members to the Council. I would like to extend my gratitude to the outgoing Chairperson and members for their dedication and for their significant contributions to the work of the Council for the last eight years. 

“The members of the Board have an important role in contributing to the development of the Council’s strategy, challenging and working for consensus in the decision making processes of the Council, and contributing to the work associated with the discharge of the Council’s statutory functions

“The Council’s Chairperson has a pivotal role in ensuring the Council's procedures and actions support my Department's wider strategic priorities, and that the Council's affairs are managed and conducted effectively. The successful appointee should be highly experienced in holding executive teams to account for delivery of results, and be able to manage financial resources, communicate effectively and maintain co-operative working relationships across the Education sector.”

The Department is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all backgrounds regardless of religious belief, gender, disability, ethnic origin, political opinion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or whether or not you have dependents.  Applications are particularly welcome from women, people under 30 years of age, members of ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. 

Details on the selection criteria, the role responsibilities and time commitment are set out in the Information Booklet which is part of the application pack.  The closing date for receipt of applications is 4pm on Thursday 19 November 2020.

Notes to editors: 

1.The competition will reflect the principles and practices of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPANI) Code of Practice. The appointments will be made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.

2. Copies of the application pack can be obtained from the Department in the following ways:
Telephone:    (028) 9127 9461/7684 or
By writing to: Education Governance Team, Department of Education, 5th floor, Rathgael House, 43 Balloo Road, Rathgill, Bangor Co Down, BT19 7PR.

Application packs can be made in a different format e.g. large print please contact us. CVs and late applications will not be accepted.

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