Community planning aims to improve the connection between regional, local and neighbourhood levels through partnership working and more integrated use of resources, with a focus on collaboration between organisations for the benefit of citizens.
The Education Authority (EA) is one of thirteen statutory partners outlined in the Local Government (Community Planning Partners) Order (NI) 2016 with a duty to participate and assist in the community planning process.
The EA is committed to participating in community planning and recognises the fundamental contribution of education to communities’ and individuals’ lives, as well as to the economy, in Northern Ireland. The EA recognises that participation in community planning will create opportunities for outcome focused collaboration and innovation across the public, voluntary/community and private sectors. It will also enhance the potential of schools to harness the support of local communities, other statutory bodies and the community and voluntary sectors in supporting the schools’ objectives, consistent with education policies such as Every School a Good School, Sustainable Schools and Providing Pathways.