New Controlled Schools’ Support Council established

Date published: 01 September 2016

Education Minister, Peter Weir, has welcomed the establishment of the Controlled Schools’ Support Council (CSSC) which became operational today.

The CSSC will be led by a highly experienced educationalist, Barry Mulholland who previously served as the Chief Executive of the Western Education and Library Board and more recently, as Regional Managing Director of the Education Authority.

The Minister said: “This is an historic day for education in Northern Ireland.  The establishment of the Controlled Schools Support Council will help to address a longstanding deficit in representation. It will place the controlled sector on a similar footing with the other sectors in education. 

“The new CSSC will ensure the sector has a strong and effective voice. I am confident that they will make a positive contribution in helping to raise educational standards across the controlled sector. This is an important step towards greater equality and fairness in education.”



Notes to editors: 

1. In September 2014, the Executive agreed that the historical deficit in controlled schools’ sectoral representation should be addressed within the Education Bill by including a provision which would allow the Department to fund a Controlled Sector support body. 

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