Applications sought for members to the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations & Assessment

Date published: 18 September 2023

The Department of Education has launched a public appointments competition to appoint members to 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.

Department of Education Permanent Secretary, Dr Mark Browne said: “CCEA has a central role to play in delivering against educational priorities, including advising on the curricular provision in schools; monitoring the standards and outcomes achieved by children and young people; and as Northern Ireland’s leading awarding body, offering a diverse range of qualifications.

“The members of the Council 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.” 

Applications are welcome from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service, and we would particularly welcome applications from women, people with a disability, young people and people from minority ethnic groups for these positions. A Guaranteed Interview Scheme is in place for those applicants with a disability.

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. Further information is available on the DE website –

The closing date for receipt of applications is 4.00pm on Thursday 19 October 2023.

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. Due to the absence of the Northern Ireland Executive, the Department cannot confirm (at the time of writing), the final appointing authority and the manner in which candidates will be listed for consideration of appointment i.e. in a ranked (merit-ordered) or unranked (alphabetical) list. This has been agreed with the office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Northern Ireland (CPANI).
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