Boards of Management of Primary Schools
The four year term of office for the current boards of management of all primary schools will come to an end on 30 November 2019 and the changeover to new Boards will take place from 1 December 2019.
The Department of Education and Skills circular 0057/2019 (published on 24 September 2019) informs primary school authorities that the updated Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2019 – 2023 has been published following consultation with the education partners.
The Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2019 – 2023 contains an overview of the role of the Board and the various rules regarding the composition and operation of Boards.
The Department’s requirements in relation to the recruitment and appointment procedures and the composition of interview boards are set out in Circular 0044/2019 for principals and teachers and in Circular 0051/2019 for special needs assistants. Both Circular Circular 0044/2019 and Circular Circular 0051/2019 supersede Appendices D, E and H of the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 – 2019.
The Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2019 – 2023 is currently only available electronically. The Department of Education and Skills intends to provide schools with hard copy versions of the manual in due course once a public procurement process and printing of the manual is completed.
The Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 – 2019 continues to apply to existing Boards up to the end of their term of office on 30 November 2019.
Boards of Management
The board of management manages the school on behalf of the patron and is accountable to the patron and the Minister. The Board must uphold the characteristic spirit (ethos) of the school and is accountable to the patron for so doing. The principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including providing guidance and direction to the teachers and other staff of the school and is accountable for that management.
General queries in relation to the Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2019 – 2023 should be emailed to the Department at
General queries in relation to recruitment and appointment procedures for teachers, principals and Special Needs Assistants (SNA’s) should be emailed to the Department at