The dawning of a new school day

April 21, 2015

The Education Authority (EA) was established on 1st April 2015 and replaces the five education and library boards and the Staff Commission for Education and Library Board which existed prior to that date. The Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 which received royal assent on 11th December 2014 has created this one very large Education Authority following the abandonment of seven years of fruitless negotiations in respect of a single Education and Skills Authority for Northern Ireland (ESA).

Education Minister John O’Dowd confirmed in February 2014 that despite the best efforts political agreement was not possible to establish the ESA. The new EA will have responsibility for education, youth and library services throughout each of the five regions within Northern Ireland

The Department of Education has confirmed that initially, there will be no change as to how services are provided and that the five regional offices will be located at the sites of the former Education and Library Boards. Let’s hope all goes according to plan!

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