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Department of Education


Pre-school enrolment opens today ... more
26 November 2015
Education Minister John O’Dowd has met with the Welsh and Scottish Education Ministers to discuss areas for cooperation.... more
20 November 2015
Anti-Bullying Bill gets green light as Anti-Bullying Week ends... more

Our responsibilities

Curriculum and learning

Information to support the delivery of the curriculum in schools, raising standards and school improvement

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Pupils and parents

Help and advice for pupils and parents on a range of educational and personal issues is available on nidirect, the government website for he public.

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Teaching staff

Teachers' pay and conditions, including pensions and teacher training information

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Non-teaching staff

Information for non teaching staff in relation to pay related issues and terms and conditions

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Schools and infrastructure

Types of schools, schools’ management, transport to school, school admissions policy, area planning, and health and safety in schools.

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Support and development

Support on issues including child protection and safeguarding, school meals and keeping children safe online

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Statistics and research

Publications produced by Statistics and Research Team on behalf of the Department

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Our documents

Access to information

How to request information from the Department of Education including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

The Minister

Department of Education

John O’Dowd became Minister for Education in May 2011. 


Management and structure

The Department of Education is headed by the Minister of Education, John O'Dowd, whose principal advisor is the Permanent Secretary, Paul Sweeney ... more

Contact us

Rathgael House
Balloo Road
BT19 7PR

Telephone: 028 9127 9279
Email: mail@deni.gov.uk