ATCS submission on whole school evaluation 2010
Where trusteeship is actively exercised, there is a strong connection between Trustees and their schools. In many cases in the past, the nature of this relationship was familial; the trustees lived on site and were very often directly involved in the running of the school, as teachers, Principals and support staff. In many cases school utilities and services were conjoined with the adjoining convent/religious house. The trustees, by virtue of being on site, were very aware of the educational work of the school, the condition of the building and property and future plans for the school.
In the current landscape, for many schools the model of trusteeship has changed from the familial model to a more formal, business model which may include formal communication protocols as well as appropriate involvement of trustees in school events.
In accordance with the Education Act and the Articles of Management, the Trustees appoint all members to the Board of Management and delegate to them the overall management of the school. However, the Trustees play a general supportive/supervisory role in relation all matters of ethos, finance and property.
ATCS responded to the Minster for Education and Skills invitation to the partners in education to make a submission on Whole School Evaluation (WSE). This was submitted in November 2010.