How we do it

The EA's Interim Strategic Plan 2017-2027 reflects our Vision, Mission, Values and Strategic Priorities.

The 10-year plan sets out how we will carry out our core business, achieve our priorities and contribute to key partnerships in accordance with Northern Ireland's Programme for Government.

EA's Vision - to inspire, support and challenge all our children and young people to be the best that they can be.

EA's Mission - to provide a high quality education for every child.

EA's Values - openness, respect, reflection, responsibility, excellence, equality.

Strategic Priorities

  • Meeting the LEARNING needs of our children and young people
  • Providing EXCELLENT education support services
  • Developing ALL OUR PEOPLE to carry out their jobs successfully
  • Managing our RESOURCES efficiently and effectively
  • NURTURING LEADERSHIP across EA to give clear direction in a dynamic and complex environment.

To view the EA's Strategic Plan.

The Education Authority operates as an arms-length body of the Department of Education and also has its own 21-member Board.  The EA Chairperson, appointed by the Minister of Education, is Mr Barry Mulholland (appointed on 1 January 2021)

The Education Authority’s Chief Executive and Accounting Officer is Sara Long.

EA’s Corporate Leadership structure comprises the Chief Executive’s Office and five Directorates.  To view the responsibilities of each directorate.

EA works in partnership and collaborations with a wide range of bodies including : Comhairle na Gaelscolaiochta (CnaG); Controlled Schools' Support Council (CSSC); Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS); Governing Bodies Association NI (GBA); Northern Ireland Council for  Integrated Education (NICIE) and Transferor Representatives' Council (TRC).

Last updated: 26/10/2021