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Education Authority
Education Authority
Údarás Oideachais / Lear Owerance
Education Authority Northern Ireland logo.png
Formation Established April 1, 2015; 3 years ago (2015-04-01)
Type Non-departmental body
Headquarters Forestview, Purdy's Lane, Belfast, BT8 7AR
Chief Executive
Gavin Boyd
Sharon O'Connor

The Education Authority is a non-departmental body sponsored by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. It was established under the Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 (c. 12)[1] which was passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly. The authority became operational on 1 April 2015.[2]


The Education Authority 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.[3] These services were previously delivered by the five Education and Library Boards (ELBs). Each of the former ELBs is now a sub region of the Education Authority:

  • Belfast Region[4]
  • North Eastern Region[5]
  • South Eastern Region[6]
  • Southern Region[7]
  • Western Region[8]

Education Authority Board

The Education Authority Board consists of 20 members plus the Chair. These include:

  • 8 political members who were nominated by political parties according to the D'Hondt mechanism;
  • 4 members representative of the interests of the Transferors (the Church of Ireland, the Methodist Church in Ireland, and the Presbyterian Church in Ireland) of controlled schools;
  • 4 members representative of the interests of the Trustees of maintained schools;
  • 1 member representative of the interests of Integrated schools;
  • 1 member representative of the interests of Irish medium schools;
  • 1 member representative of the interests of Voluntary Grammar schools; and
  • 1 member representative of the interests of Controlled Grammar schools[9]


  1. ^ "Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2014". Retrieved .
  2. ^ "About Us - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "About Us - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Belfast Region - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  5. ^ "North Eastern Region - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  6. ^ "South Eastern Region - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Southern Region - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Western Region - Education Authority". Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Education Authority Board - Education Authority". Retrieved .

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