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Facilities Management Department has responsibility for the provision of the Education Authority’s frontline services across Building Maintenance, Catering, Premises Management, Cleaning Services, Grounds Maintenance, Quality, Safety, Health & Environment.
The Education Library Service supports the DE vision ‘to enable each young person to achieve his/her potential’ and the aim of the Northern Ireland Curriculum ‘to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives’.
Schools in Northern Ireland are categorised according to their management type.
The Education Authority Procurement Service manages the procurement of a diverse range of supplies, services and works with a total contract expenditure just under £200m annually.
Schools have been allocated a budget allocation calculated using the Common Funding formula. This budget allocation is delegated to Board of Governors and Principals to enable them to manage schools effectively by using the resources to meet the needs and priorities they have identified.
Introduction of a revised Model School Complaints Procedure
As you may be aware, from 1st April 2017 the remit of the Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO) has included the investigation of complaints from members of the public in relation to maladministration in publicly-funded schools.
Every school must have a Scheme of Management approved by DE.
The Chief Executive, as Accounting Officer, is primarily responsible for ensuring that the Education Authority’s (EA) approach to the use of public funds is appropriate, prudent and used for the purposes intended.
Ensuring health and safety in schools is an essential part of any school manager’s responsibility.
Support the effective delivery of planned organisational change processes and interventions designed to improve service delivery.
The Scheme sets out the policy and procedures for the recruitment and selection of all teaching staff employed by controlled schools in Northern Ireland.
A Voluntary Grammar (VG) School is a post-primary school managed by a Board of Governors, which consists of persons appointed in line with each school’s scheme of management (usually trustees or foundation governors) along with representatives of parents and teachers and, in most cases, members appointed by the Department of Education.
The Education Authority has in place the Integrated Financial System (IFS) to help EA and schools manage their finances. Guidance and support materials are available here to assist users of the system.
Education Authority (EA) Chairperson Sharon O’Connor has officially opened the newly-refurbished Seymour Hill Youth Club in Dunmurry. The youth club received £10,000 from the Alpha Programme and has used the funding to create a new facility for its older members.
Ensuring a healthy and safe environment for staff, pupils, and visitors is an essential part of any school manager’s responsibility and to do this successfully, an effective health and safety management system should be in place.