The Governance Manual for Primary Schools

The procedures in The Governance Manual for Primary Schools must be followed.The Governance Manual for Primary Schools (PDF)

School Management

Advice, guidance & general information for schools:

  • Circulars from the Department of Education
  • Legislation
  • Health and Safety
  • Appointments
  • Disciplinary Measures
  • Grievance procedure
  • The organisation of the Board of Management
  • Intervention service
  • Child Protection
  • Panel rights
  • Garda Vetting
  • Insurance
  • Buildings



The Schools Procurement Unit (SPU) is the central support resource for providing guidance to all primary and post-primary schools (except ETB schools) on any procurement-related issue. The SPU delivers free advice and practical support to schools to help them achieve improvements in their procurement processes, practices and outcomes. The SPU provides schools access to professionally qualified staff who are highly experienced in public procurement; it produces guidance on procurement best practice; it issues regular newsletters containing the latest procurement information relevant to schools; and it assists schools to access contracts for goods and services which have been negotiated centrally by the Office of Government Procurement and others. Further information with regards contracts/frameworks for schools, document templates, publications, copy newsletters and SPU staff contact details can all be found at