CPSMA Advice Line 01 6292462
Our Education Advisors deal with over 9,000 calls annually. The advice line, which is available to all board of management chairpersons and principals, connects schools to an education advisor for advice relating to all aspects of primary education management, including boards of management, school admissions, buildings, child protection, data protection, school finance, discipline, family law, pupil education, employment of school personnel, leadership and management, special educational needs, handling complaints, training, vetting. Any board member can seek advice about child protection.
Our newsletters are published on a regular basis during the school year and are emailed directly to chairpersons and principals. They contain up to date information and advice on the most recent and relevant developments in primary education, as well as reminders and checklists on frequently occurring topics. Articles from other relevant education related organisations are also included. One off newsletters on particular issues or topics are also published from time to time.
CPSMA is cognisant of the fact that boards of management need to be properly informed and trained to run primary schools. We plan and deliver a broad range of training for board of management members specially designed in response to the current needs of school management.
Previous training modules have included topics such as child protection, appointment procedures, the board of management, board finances, legal issues, anti-bullying and data protection. Details of upcoming training are circulated to boards of management in advance and places are confirmed on a first come, first served basis.
Board of Management Handbook
In conjunction with the publication of the Depatrment of Education Governance Manual, CPSMA publishes a Board of Management Handbook for CPSMA member schools. The handbook provides information on areas such as finance, insurance, health and safety, the Church, employment, special education and buildings.
Advocacy and Representation
CPSMA represents the interests of our member schools by providing a management voice on education committees such as the Primary Education Forum, Teaching Council, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), the Teacher Conciliation Council (TCC), and other committees and fora which arise.
CPSMA is also in contact, discussion and negotiation with the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and a range of other education related bodies, including the National Parents Council (NPC), Irish National Teachers Organisation (INTO), Irish Primary Principal Network (IPPN), Fórsa, Services Industrial Professional Technical Union (SIPTU), Túsla, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), National Council for Special Education (NCSE), National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and Allianz.
Annual General Meeting
CPSMA holds its Annual General Meeting each spring. The current format of the meeting is held over two days. On the first day, guest contributors speak on a range of current issues and themes principals and other visitors are invited to attend this day. Diocesan delegates attend on the second day to transact the formal business of the organisation.
CPSMA deals with media enquiries on a range of current education related matters.