For Principals / Governors

Our support for schools

CCMS can offer advice and guidance to enable school leaders and Boards of Governors to deliver procedures or policies these within their school.

Schools are asked to first review the downloads below and our FAQs for answers to a number of common questions; as well as our Publications and Circulars page.

Please contact us if there are other FAQs we could add to this document.

Appointments Scheme

The CCMS Appointment Scheme set out the policy and procedures which must be adhered to in the recruitment and selection employed by Catholic maintained schools in Northern Ireland.

Catholic maintained schools should ensure that all recruitment exercises undertaken to appoint teachers, vice principals or principals to controlled schools, are conducted in line with the procedure as outlined within the scheme.

Professional Development

A range of courses & events are available through the Education Authority's 'School Development Service'. Register for a course/event and book a place at

Guidance Documents

NIAO Good Practice Guide to School Governance
CCMS Scheme of Management
Circular 2022/15 - The procedure for transfer from primary to post-primary education
Post-primary transfer guidance from September 2016.
Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against a Member of Staff
Download above as a word document
Effective Governance for High Quality Education
Exceptional Closure of Schools Due to Adverse Weather
Guidance on Boards of Governors and Schools on Schools Development Planning
Guidance to Boards of Governors and Schools on Schools Development Planning
ID Validation form govs and vols.2022 (Access NI)
Procedure for the Awarding of Management Allowances in Catholic Maintained Schools
Scheme for the Suspension and Expulsion of Pupils
Teacher Attendance Procedure
Volunteer - Unsupervised
TNC 2014-06 Grievance Procedure
TNC 2016-02 Disciplinary Procedure for Teachers
TNC 2016-03 Disciplinary Procedure Notes of Guidance
2008-01 Format of Board of Governors Minutes
2009-18 Flexible Working Hours
2009-19 Temporary Variation to Contract
2009-20 Career Break Scheme
2009-21 TNC 2009/04 Job Share Scheme
2009-30 Policy and Procedure to Combat Bullying and Harassment
2010-13 Career Break Scheme - CCMS Circular
2012-25 Code of Practice on Reporting Malpractice (Whistleblowing)-Updated
2013-15 Procedure for Supporting Effective Leadership by School Principals
2013-16 Procedure for Supporting Effective Teaching in Schools
2016-02 - TNC 2016/1 Appropriate use of the NISTR and Engagement of Substitute Teachers in all Schools
2016-10 - Termination of Temporary Employment
2019-05 Model School Parental Complaints Procedure
Recruitment and Selection - Principal Checklist/Request to Place an Ad - PDF document
Recruitment and Selection - Principal Checklist/Request to Place an Ad - Word document

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CCMS attended the annual teacher recruitment fair in Stranmillis University on Monday 27 November 2023. The fair was well attended by final year students and CCMS were there along with other employers from NI, England, Scotland and Wales. CCMS chat
Cross-country running is a popular after school activity in Mary Queen of Peace Primary School, Glenravel, with the boys’ and girls’ team competing in the Athletics NI Primary Schools’ League. In February 2023 the girls finished sixth in the team ra
Well done to the pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Brookeborough who presented their filled shoeboxes, along with some from the community, to Mrs Irene Boyd for the Samaritan Purse Operation shoebox appeal.
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