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How to access information held by the Education Authority

The Education Act (Northern Ireland) 2014, which was passed in December 2014, replaced the five existing Education and Library Boards (ELBs) and their Staff Commission with the Education Authority from 1 April 2015. The Education Authority is a Government sponsored Non Departmental Public Body of the Department of Education. The Education Authority has assumed the responsibilities of the existing ELB’s and their Staff Commission.

The Education Authority seeks to be an open and transparent organisation committed to publishing routinely as much information as possible; however if you require information which is not on our website you may request it in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

During the transitional phase of the newly established Education Authority, information will be updated and uploaded to the Education Authority website as and when it is available.

Publication Scheme

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced a Model Publication Scheme adopted by all public sector organisations from 1 January 2009.

This set a standard framework for making information available to the public and is broken down into seven categories or classes. In addition, sector specific guides called Definition Documents were created to provide examples of the type of information that should be pro-actively published, if held.

The Model Publication Scheme and Definition Document for Non-Departmental Public Bodies can be accessed via the following links:

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1153/model-publication-scheme.pdf

https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1238/definition-document-northern-ireland-ndpb-and-others.pdf

If you wish to access information created by the now dissolved Education and Library Boards or their Staff Commission, or the information you require is not yet available on the Education Authority’s website, please find below detailed regional contact details for the five Education Authority Regions and their Staff Commission:

Contact Us

How to Access Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Freedom of Information Requests may be submitted either in writing or by email to info@eani.org.uk or to the relevant Education Authority regional office, listed on our Contact Us page. Requests will be responded to within 20 working days.

If you are not satisfied with the way in which we handle your request, you may ask for an internal review. If you wish us to undertake such a review, you should write to the Education Authority or the regional office/s. 

Any review will be under the direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process.

If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner at www.ico.org.uk

How to Access Information under the Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act (1998) allows individuals to find out what information is held about themselves on computer and some paper records. This is known as the right to subject access.

Subject Access Requests may be submitted either in writing or by email to info@eani.org.uk or to the relevant Education Authority regional office, listed on our Contact Us page. Requests will be responded to within 40 calendar days. 

Please specify the kind of information you wish to be made available to you and enclose proof of identity, such as a copy of your driving licence or passport and a formal document or bill with your name and address.

If you remain dissatisfied, you may complain to the Information Commissioner at www.ico.org.uk

How to Access Information under the Environmental Information Regulations Act 2004

Environmental Information requests may be made verbally or in writing to the generic Education Authority email address or directly to the regional office/s.  Please refer to the contact details provided above. The Education Authority has 20 working days to respond to requests. In exceptional circumstances this may be extended to 40 working days.

Environmental Information requests may be made verbally, in writing or by email to info@eani.org.uk or to the relevant Education Authority regional office, listed on our Contact Us page. Requests will be responded to within 40 calendar days.

If you are not satisfied with the way in which we handle your request, you may ask for an internal review. If you wish us to undertake such a review you should write to the Education Authority or the regional office/s.

Any review will be under the direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process.

If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner at www.ico.org.uk

If you wish to find out more about the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Data Protection Act 1998 or Environmental Information Regulations 2004 please visit www.ico.org.uk

SERVICES & INFORMATION

The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

40 Academy Street, Belfast, BT1 2NQ
Email: info@eani.org.uk