Our Work With Schools
Governance Services in the Edmund Rice Schools Trust provides a framework of ongoing advice and support for Boards of Management and Principals in our Primary and Secondary schools in relation to the role of trusteeship.
School Boards of Management operate under the Education Act and more recent legislation which guides them in providing Admissions, Behaviour and Anti-Bullying Codes and Child Protection Policies.
The Trust also plays a key role in advocating on behalf of our schools with the Department of Education and Skills in relation to change such as a school becoming co-educational; a school amalgamating with another school or a school’s building development programme.
Boards of Management:
- Primary Schools: The Patron Bishop appoints the Boards of all our Primary Schools every four years. The Edmund Rice Schools Trust nominates the Chairperson and a Trustee to our Primary Boards of Management for appointment by the Patron. The Trust is responsible for ensuring that the Charter is promoted in all our schools. A Primary Board of Management operates under the ‘Constitution of Primary Boards of Management’ (DES 2011).
- Secondary Schools: The Trustees, are the legal Patron as stated in Section 8 of the Education Act, appoint the Boards of Management of all our secondary schools on a three year rolling basis. The Trustees appoint the Chairperson and three other Trustees’ nominees, the two elected parents’ nominees and the two elected teachers’ nominees. Secondary Boards operate under the ‘Articles of Management for Voluntary Secondary Schools’.
Note: The Trust supports the Board in ensuring that best practice pertains regarding financial accountability and good governance. All new property and building projects must be approved by the Trust.
The Principal is responsible to the Board of Management for the day to day running of the school. The Principal acts also as ‘Secretary to the Board’ which means ensuring that records are kept and reports are made to the Board at meetings.
The Trust advises and supports the Board of Management during the interview process for Principals and Deputy Principals at Second level and for Principals at Primary level.
The Trust provides ongoing advice and support to principals in relation to governance and trusteeship issues through conferences, seminars and cluster meetings and in response to need.
The Edmund Rice Schools Trust actively encourages parents to become involved in their children’s education through participation as Parents’ elected nominees on their school’s Board of Management and as members of the Parents’ Council.
The Edmund Rice Schools Trust values the key role of the teaching staff. We actively promote the leadership role of teachers in the context of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust Charter. Teachers are encouraged by the Trust to participate in the Immersion Programme, Students’ Council leadership roles and as members of the Boards of Management.
We recognise the key role of all staff in our schools. We require our Boards to have in place a Safety Statement, a Dignity in the Workplace policy and a contract for each person employed in our schools.