Education Authority

The Education Authority is responsible for delivering education services across Northern Ireland.

Interim Strategic Plan

The Education Authority (EA) has published its first Strategic Plan, which sets out the organisation’s vision to ‘inspire, support and challenge all children and young people to be the best that they can be’.


About Education Authority

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.

We help with all aspects of your child's journey through education from admission to pre-school, getting transport to school, changing schools, to moving through primary and post-primary. We are also here to help with newcomer issues, special educational needs and provide support whenever you or your child needs it.


Highlights on EA

  • GCSE Results

    EA congratulates GCSE students on results day

    Thursday, 22nd August 2019

    Students across Northern Ireland have been receiving their GCSE results today, and Chairperson of the Education Authority (EA), Sharon O’Connor, has been wishing students well in the next stage of their educational journey, while visiting Lisneal College.

  • Exam Results

    EA congratulates A Level and AS Level students on results day

    Thursday, 15th August 2019

    Chair of the Education Authority (EA), Sharon O’Connor has been congratulating students in Antrim Grammar, as they receive their AS and A Level exam results today. 

  • Derry Event photo

    EA Youth Service and Long Tower Youth Club hold "Your Voice Matters" Event

    Monday, 24th June 2019

    The Education Authority Youth Service and Long Tower Youth Club today welcomed over 100 young people from across Derry City to the Guildhall, for important conversations on issues relevant to them.

  • Pre-School Admissions

    EA Publishes Third Area Planning Action Plan

    Monday, 17th June 2019

    In April 2017 the Education Authority (EA) published Providing Pathways – A Strategic Area Plan for School Provision 2017-2020. The action plan published today, is the third plan within this strategy, identifying a number of work-streams that will be brought forward to address issues around school provision in Northern Ireland.

  • Volunteer Recognition Awards - Guildhall

    EA Youth Service Recognises Contribution of Volunteers

    Thursday, 13th June 2019

    The Education Authority’s Youth Service has recognised the contribution of over 270 volunteers at two celebration events at the Guildhall, City of Derry and Titanic, Belfast.

  • Pre-School Admissions

    Pre-School Admissions for September 2019

    Wednesday, 12th June 2019

    Stage 2 of the Pre-School Admissions procedure concluded on the 11 June 2019.

    Following the closure of Stage 1 on 9 May 2019, and now Stage 2 on 11 June 2019, a total of 22,805 (97.30%) target age children have been placed in a pre-school setting with 85.35% being offered a place at their first preference for September 2019.