Community and Schools

The Community and Schools Team manages a range of programmes aimed at promoting links between schools and their local communities.

What we do

The Community and Schools Team is responsible for the development and delivery of functions and services aimed at promoting links between schools and their local communities.

Extended Schools Programme

The Extended Schools Programme aims to tackle educational disadvantage in socially disadvantage areas.  Approximately 500 schools receive funding each year to provide a range of programmes and service often outside the normal school day.

The Community and Schools Team provides support to all schools and clusters involved in the programme.

Community Use of Schools

The EA has a statutory responsibility to promote and facilitate community use of school facilities. The Community and Schools Team can provide assistance to schools and community groups including;

  • Hire of premises/facilities arrangements
  • long term use agreement
  • Community Use Minor Work Projects

Neighbourhood Renewal Programme

Under “People and Place – a strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal” 36 areas in NI receive additional support.

The Education Authority manages 18 funded project in schools and youth centres. These projects aim to tackle education disadvantage through additional support programmes for pupils, families and communities.

Community Planning

Community Planning aims to develop an integrated approach to local strategic planning across 11 Councils.

The Education Authority is one of 12 statutory partners. Each council has a Community Planning Partnership Board and a senior EA officer represents EA on each of these.

The Community and Schools Team co-ordinates EA’s response to Community Planning.

Contact Us

Contact Name Email Address Telephone Number  Mobile Number
Jim Dunbar Lead Officer (Regional)

[email protected]

T: 028 9056 6296 M:07970 406478
John Donnelly (Locality South West) [email protected]

T: 028 9056 4282

M:07855 105707

Deirdre Hasson (Locality North)

[email protected]

T: 028 3751 2438

M:07855 105715

Bernie Mooney (Locality East)

[email protected]

T:028 9056 4228 

M:07855 105713

Pauline Rock Senior Admin Officer (Regional)

[email protected]

T: 028 3741 5405            

M:07557 800290

Lorraine Noble Executive Officer (Regional)

[email protected]

T: 028 9056 6421



Last updated: 15/02/2024