Message from the Education Authority (EA) Corporate Leadership Team

16 December 2021

As we approach the festive season, we wanted to take some time to show our appreciation to you all and to reflect on the last year.

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Illustration by Lauren Hart, Primary 5,  Mount St. Catherine's Primary School, ArmaghAround 44,000 people are employed by the EA in a wide variety of important roles, and there is also a substantial number of staff on temporary contracts both within schools and wider educational settings who all provide invaluable support, often at very short notice. 

To you all - we wanted to say a massive thank you for your immense commitment and dedication to the education and wellbeing of our children and young people against the most challenging of circumstances. It is very much acknowledged and appreciated and certainly does not go unnoticed.

As always, our ultimate collective focus has been and remains on the children and young people whose lives we impact every day. We know this lies at the heart of everything you do.

It has also been incredible to see how the entire education sector has come together and played a vital role in the continued delivery of critical school and support services.

Both education and wider society continue to face unprecedented and significant challenges, so it is important that we recognise and celebrate the incredible work delivered at a pace and scale unimaginable pre-covid. We hope you take some time to look back with pride at all you have achieved over the last year.

As we look to 2022, we are acutely aware of the significant pressures that schools, wider school communities and colleagues working across the EA continue to be under and the personal toll that this has taken on you.

We would like to reiterate our commitment to providing whatever support we can as we continue to journey through the pandemic and look to rebuild and recover on the other side.  

Our EA community is one that we are truly proud of and we are reminded time and time again just how inspiring you all are.

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Stay safe and we very much hope you enjoy some well-deserved and precious time with your loved ones.

Best wishes,

Signed by Directors

Last updated: 16/12/2021