CONSTITUTION  CLAS  – Charity Number SCO 38313

               Comann Luchd-Teagaisg Àrd-Sgoiltean


           (Association of Secondary Teachers of Gaelic)


(As amended by resolution approved at Annual General Meeting held on 12 November 2005.)

1.    Name

1.1           The name of the Association is CLAS (hereinafter referred to as “the Association”). 

1.2   The term “Gaelic Teachers” herinafter refers to teachers of Gaelic and teachers of secondary subjects taught through the medium of Gaelic in Secondary  Schools.


2.  Aim:

2.1  To advance the education of the public in the use of the Gaelic language by supporting the teaching and learning of Gaelic in Secondary Schools.


3.   Scope of Activity      

      In furtherance of its aim, the Association may:        

3.1           Provide and exchange information and support for Gaelic Teachers.

3.2    Establish and maintain links between Gaelic teachers and associate members.

3.3   Provide teachers with opportunities for meeting and networking.

3.4           Act as a voice representing the views of Gaelic teachers.

3.5           Liaise with relevant professional bodies, language development agencies and the media.

3.6           Provide and exchange information with teachers’ organisations and teachers of other minority languages nationally and inter-nationally.

3.7           Raise the profile of Gaelic within schools and with parents.

3.8           Liaise with teachers in the Primary sector.

3.9           Encourage and support extra-curricular and cultural activities through the medium of Gaelic.

3.10     Undertake any other tasks which will assist in fulfilling the Association’s aim.


4.     Membership

4.1   Membership will be open to teachers of Gaelic in Secondary Schools and teachers who teach specialist subjects through the medium of Gaelic.

4.2           Level of membership subscription shall be determined by the members in Annual General Meeting.

4.3           Associate membership will be open to any individual or group supporting the aims of the Association. Associate members will be entitled to attend General Meetings of the Association but will not have a vote. Associate members will not be eligible for election to committees, except as co-opted members.

4.4           Membership will begin in September and will be renewable each year.

4.5           Any member who has not paid the annual subscription by June the following year shall be deemed not to be a member for the purposes of voting at an Annual General Meeting and for receiving notice of the same.


5.        Annual General Meeting


5.1           The National Committee shall give notice of and  

Convene an Annual General Meeting of the group, which all members and associate members shall be entitled to attend.  At the Annual General  Meeting, members will receive the group’s Annual Report and Financial Statement, elect the Office-bearers and other members of the National Committee, vote on any resolutions, appoint an independent examiner of accounts and address any other competent business.


6.        The National Committee


6.1           The day to day running of the Group’s affairs will be carried out by the National Committee.

6.2           The National Committee, including a Chair, Vice-Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer as its Office-bearers, shall consist of not less than 7 and not more than 12 members elected by and from the members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting. At the following AGM, all the National Committee members shall retire from office but will be eligible for re-election. The National Committee should be chosen in the first instance according to the skills individuals could contribute rather than the area they come from.

6.3           Nominations for election to the National Committee shall be made in writing prior to the AGM or in person at the AGM.

6.4           The National Committee shall have the power to co-opt not more than three additional members who shall be members of the group; those members to be chosen not only according to their skills but with regard to a balanced representation of areas. Co-opted members of the National Committee shall hold office only until the Annual General Meeting following their co-option.

6.5           The National Committee shall have the power to appoint such sub-committees as may be needed from time to time and will determine their powers and terms of reference.

6.6           The National Committee shall have the power to draw up by-laws to govern the administration and procedural details of business, in accordance with the general spirit of this Constitution.

6.7           In the event of an Office-bearer leaving the National Committee between Annual General Meetings, the National Committee shall have the power to elect, either from amongst them or by co-option, a replacement for that office-bearer to serve up until the next Annual General Meeting.


7.        Rules of Procedure for Meetings


7.1           Voting    

All questions arising at any meeting (except as in Paragraph 10) shall be decided by a majority of those present and entitled to vote. In the case of a tied vote, the Chair (or whoever is acting as Chair in the Chair’s absence) shall have a second or casting vote.

 7.2    Voting at General Meetings           

   7.2.1 Voting at General Meetings of the group shall be by members only and by the Chair (or acting Chair) in the case of a tied vote.

    7.2.2 Voting procedures for election of the National Committee at Annual General Meetings shall be in accordance with by-laws drawn up for the purpose which may be altered from time to time, but which shall always have as their aim to achieve as wide and as fair a geographical representation on the National Committee where possible within the restraints of the nominations available.

7.3           Quorum

7.3.1 Four of the members of the National Committee shall constitute a quorum at National Committee meetings.

     7.3.2 Twelve delegates, or one third of the total possible delegates, whichever is least, shall constitute a quorum at a General Meeting of the Group.


7.4           Notice and Resolutions

     7.4.1  Notice of any General Meeting shall include an agenda and the terms of any resolutions to be discussed and shall be posted to all members not less than twenty one days prior to the date of the meeting.


7.4.2    Any resolution (other than an emergency resolution) which is to be dealt with at a General Meeting must be received by the Secretary of the National Committee at least six weeks prior to the date of the General Meeting. Such a resolution may be presented by an individual member or by the National Committee collectively.


7.4.3   Emergency resolutions may be dealt with at an

Annual General Meeting as follows:


a)   The resolution shall be written.

b)   It shall be given to the Chair of the meeting before commencement of the meeting.

c)    The Chair of the meeting shall, at the commencement of the meeting, ask the meeting if they are willing to put the resolution on the agenda.

d)   The resolution shall be put on the agenda there and then, at the end of the section dealing with resolutions, if a simple majority of those present and eligible to vote so agree.


7.4.4   The National Committee shall meet at least three times annually (including Annual General Meeting) and thereafter as often as is necessary to deal with the business entrusted to them by the membership.

7.4.5   Notice of any National Committee meeting shall include an agenda and any other papers relevant to the agenda, and shall be posted to all National Committee members, and any other persons due to attend, not less than fourteen days prior to the date of the meeting.


8.        Finances

8.1           All monies raised by or on behalf of the Group shall be applied to further the Aim of the Association and for no other purpose.

 8.2   The Treasurer shall keep proper accounts of the finances of the Association and shall pay all monies not immediately required into an account or accounts in the name of the Association at such bank or banks as shall be determined by the National Committee and in accordance with their support to Gaelic in banking.

8.3           The accounts shall be examined at least once a year by an independent examiner, who shall be a suitably qualified person, who shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting and who shall not be a member of the Association.

9.        Dissolution

If the National Committee decide by a majority at any time that, on the grounds of expense or otherwise, it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Association, it shall call a Special General Meeting. If such a decision shall be confirmed by a majority of those present and eligible to vote at such a meeting, the Association shall have the power to dispose of any assets held by or in the name of the Association. Any assets remaining, after satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities, shall be applied towards purposes which the law regards as charitable and which will benefit Gaelic education.


10.  Alterations To The Constitution.

Any proposal to alter this constitution must be approved by a majority of the National Committee or be supported in writing by not less than half the members, delivered in writing to the Secretary, of the National Committee. A resolution to alter this Constitution shall not be effective unless it has been agreed at a General Meeting of the Association by at least three-quarters of those present and eligible to vote at such a meeting, and unless it does not affect the charitable status of the Association.


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