Applications sought for DE appointed members for the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and its Diocesan Education Committees (DECs)

Date published: 14 December 2020

The Department of Education (DE) has launched a public appointments competition to appoint four members to the CCMS Council along with four members to the Derry DEC and two members to each of the Armagh and Down & Connor DECs.

CCMS is a DE sponsored non-departmental public body, and is responsible for developing and promoting, in conjunction with the Trustees of Catholic maintained schools, quality education within the Catholic maintained sector. CCMS DECs are committees of CCMS which have responsibility for the Catholic maintained school sector. DECs provide advice to the CCMS Council regarding its policies and implementation and exercise many of the Council’s operational and representational responsibilities. The member’s role is to contribute to the development of the CCMS’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 CCMS’s statutory functions.

Speaking today, Education Minister, Peter Weir said: “The CCMS is the advocate for Catholic Maintained Schools in Northern Ireland. CCMS represents trustees, schools and governors on issues such as raising and maintaining standards, the school estate and teacher employment.

“The members of the Council and DECs 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.” 

DE 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 21 January 2021.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The competition will reflect the principles and practices of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPANI) Code of Practice. The appointment 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:
    • Website:
    • Email:
    • Telephone: (028) 9127 9461/7684 or
    • In writing: Education Governance Team,
      Department of Education,
      5th floor, Rathgael House,
      43 Balloo Road, Rathgill,
      Bangor Co Down,
      BT19 7PR. 
  3. 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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  6. The Executive Information Service operates an out-of-hours service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.

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