About Education Authority

The Education Authority (EA) was established under the Education Act Northern Ireland 2014 and became operational on 01 April 2015. 


It is a non-departmental body sponsored by the Department of Education.

EA is responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective primary and secondary education services are available to meet the needs of children and young people, and support for the provision of efficient and effective youth services. These services were previously delivered by the five Education and Library Boards:  

  • Belfast Education and Library Board 
  • North Eastern Education and Library Board 
  • South Eastern Education and Library Board
  • Southern Education and Library Board
  • Western Education and Library Board

EA employs over 39,000 people across Northern Ireland in a wide variety of roles. This includes teachers in controlled schools, school-based support staff and staff in administrative headquarters.

Shared Education is a key priority for the Education Authority since the introduction of the Shared Education policy in May 2016. For more information about Shared Education and The Shared Education Act please follow the link below:

Shared Education Act NI 2016

The Education Authority have been awarded €28.9 million under the core objective of Shared Education and the CASE (Collaboration and Sharing in Education) project will provide direct, sustained, curriculum-based contact between pupils and teachers from all backgrounds.

For more information on the EA click the link below:

Education Authority

Last modified: 16 September 2019