Every four years, boards of management are appointed to national schools throughout the country. Each board is made up of eight members, seven of whom take up the role on a voluntary basis (the principal has to be part of the board of management as part of their role in the school).
Patrons and the Department of Education recognise the commitment of the members of the board to the work of managing the school, supporting the principal in her/his job. Part of that recognition is the provision of training for all board members, on various aspects of management:
- The board of management as a corporate entity
- Data protection
- Child protection
- Finances and the role of the treasurer
- Appointments and recruitment
Training is important for all board members. It helps to make sure that the board makes the best use of its time together at meetings, that precious time that they give to the school as volunteers. It helps business go smoothly if everyone has a clear understanding of what their role is on the board, and how best to carry it out.
The next board of management training will take place in two parts, over two evenings in October, online. The first session will be on Monday 11th, from 7:30pm to 9pm, with the second session on Monday 18th, from 7:30pm to 9pm. These sessions would be suitable for anyone new to a board, whether as a new member, or as a member who has been some time on the board, but who has not yet attended this training session. The training covers roles on the board, agendas, meetings and interacting with the wider school community. It also touches on school planning, inspections, and conflict.
If you would like to register for this training, please click on this link.