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Education and Skills Authority

The purpose of education reform is to improve outcomes for all young people in education and to ensure equality of access to quality education provision. It also aims to streamline education administration to ensure that much needed resources can be directed to supporting front line services.

The creation of a single Education and Skills Authority (ESA) will help reduce bureaucracy in the management of our education system by reducing duplication and streamlining management structures.

ESA will be the single authority for the administration of education, subsuming the functions, assets and liabilities of the five Education and Library Boards (ELBs), the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS), the Staff Commission and the Youth Council.

Further consideration is being given to the future of the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) and the Inspectorate including the option of some or all of their functions remaining in separate bodies.

The Department of Education will continue to be the policy making body while ESA’s focus will be on management and service delivery. Its key functions will include raising standards and area planning, and it is to be the single authority for those functions.

The ESA Implementation Team website, is no longer available. All future updates in relation to the Education and Skills Authority (ESA) can be found here on the ESA section of the Department of Education website.