Human Resources & Legal Services

Providing services and support to engage and develop all our people be the best they can be and to make EA, our schools and services, great places to work.

Corporate Business Partners

Working in tandem with managers in each Directorate to promote effective employee relations and support the delivery of people aspects of change in line with business objectives.

The Corporate HR Business Partnering function supports Directorates in the planning and implementation of strategic employee related change programmes within EA. It also provides specialist advice, support and guidance to managers on employee relations, workforce planning and the implementation of HR policies.

Schools Business Partners

The Schools HR Business Partnering function, while working in partnership with other directorates, supports Schools in the identification, planning and implementation of strategic employee related change programmes, to include those associated with Area Based Planning.

The function also provides specialist advice, support and guidance to School Leaders and Boards of Governors on employee relations, workforce planning and the effective implementation of HR policies.

Employee Relations

Maintaining oversight of all ER cases, and providing specialist advice for managers, principals and HR professionals in the effective management of complex ER cases.

Health & Wellbeing

The HR Health & Wellbeing function supports Directorates and School Managers in the management and monitoring of employee attendance and wellbeing.

It provides specialist advice, support and guidance to managers and employees on absence management, occupational health and wellbeing and the implementation of HR policies including maternity/paternity/adoption and other family friendly schemes.

Recruitment & Resourcing

Delivering Recruitment & Selection solutions for teaching and non-teaching, staff, improving methodologies for selection, and creating resourcing strategies that maximise efficiencies.

All current Education Authority job opportunities can be found on our jobs section.

HR System & Transformation

Developing the target operating model for HR and supporting associated transformation programmes.

The System and Transformation function is primarily focused on ensuring that the HR Directorate has the correct systems and processes implemented and that the right tools are in place for both HR and its customers.

HR Core Services

Leading and Managing the  delivery and continuous improvement of all core, operational and transactional services with respect to the non-teaching workforce, and  advising on correct application of terms and conditions.

HR Core Services function is responsible for providing advice and guidance to all employees and managers in relation to HR policies and procedures relating to non-teaching terms and conditions of employment. It is responsible for the processing of all transactional variations in contracts for non-teaching staff on a timely basis. 

Pay, Policy & Conditions

This functional area covers a range of activities from pay, terms of service and developing frameworks as described below:

  • The Pay, Policy and Conditions and Teachers' Terms and Conditions of Service function is responsible for:
  • The development and review of HR policies;
  • Leading, managing and improving HR Services for the teaching workforce;
  • Working across HR to support the HR Director/ Assistant Directors who are engaged in the Industrial Relations machinery/ and other HR staff involved in employee relations, recruitment, and HR partnering on matters pertaining to policy, pay and reward.
  • Responding to requirements and needs identified through Industrial Relations forums and committees pertaining to pay, policies and conditions including direct and specialist support at JNC and TNC forums, working parties and sub-groups.
  • Establish an effective interface, partnership and collaborative relationship with Teacher Payroll (DE)
  • Developing and managing an appropriate framework for Job evaluation for the organisation.

Employee Engagement, Development and Training

Developing a strategy and model for employee engagement across EA. Working with managers to develop a range of suitable employee development initiatives to improve overall workforce competence in line with business objectives.

    The function exists to:

    • Support the effective delivery of planned organisational change processes and interventions designed to improve service delivery.
    • Provide a range of development initiatives and opportunities for managers and top leaders.
    • Support and/or initiate a range of measures and interventions designed to promote positive employee engagement.
    • Work with managers to develop a range of suitable employee development initiatives to improve overall workforce competence in line with business objectives.

    Organisation, Leadership & Management Development

    Support the effective delivery of planned organisational change processes and interventions designed to improve service delivery.

    Providing a range of development initiatives and opportunities for managers and top leaders.

    Legal Services

    Education Authority Solicitors

    EA’s in house solicitors unit which provides legal advice and representation to EA and through it to Controlled Schools in areas such as education law (including SEN), employment law, commercial and property matters and litigation.

    Claims and Legal

    Provide claims handling and advisory services as well as managing EA’s commercial insurance portfolio and its self-insuring arrangements.

    The Education Authority's Legal Services do not provide advice to members of the public.

    Last updated: 22/09/2021