Education Administration has changed significantly in Northern Ireland since 2014. The Education Authority has been established by the Education Bill (NI) 2014 and replaces the 5 Education and Library boards.
The EA is responsible for the delivery and quality of educational standards in Northern Ireland and the employment of upwards of 30,000 staff across schools and in regional centre based staff.
A school development and support service is being developed based on the existing Curriculum Advisory and Support Services within EA.
The Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment ((CCEA) is responsible for the statutory assessment processes including GCSE and a Levels and vocational subjects.
Governance of schools is controlled by EA for controlled schools and CCMS for Catholic maintained schools, other voluntary schools and the integrated schools sector are governed by individual Boards of Governors.
Prospect's ECS Group is the only professional association and trade union exclusively representing working in educational development, improvement and standards in Northern Ireland .
- a recognised trade union by EA, the Department of Education and CCMS
- represented on the Joint Negotiating Council for EA and the Education Trade Union Group of NICICTU
- represented on the Strategic Forum for policy and planning organised by DE.
Members are represented through a system of locally accredited representatives and by a NI Representative on the ECS Group Executive. A Prospect negotiator provides case work support and regional representation on pay and conditions negotiations.
The Education and Children’s Service Group of Prospect welcomed the opportunity to respond to the consultation on the School Development Service interim structures.
Prospect represents school improvement professionals, education administrators and managers within the education sector in Northern Ireland and across the UK. In providing a response Prospect drew upon the expertise and experience of members in the Northern Ireland Education Authority and in the education sector generally.
Prospect reponse to the consultation on School Development Service in Northern Ireland Interim Structures
Prospect's magazine for members in education and children's services. Autumn 2015 issue
EducationEye, Autumn 2015
This briefing is intended for members of the Aspect Group of Prospect working in Northern Ireland. It follows the members’ meeting held on 23 September at the Clounagh Centre, Portadown and summarizes information, discussions and advice provided on the day. Further updates will be provided in due course as negotiation, consultation and discussions with Employer and DE representatives proceed.
Aspect Group of Prospect Northern Ireland Members' Briefing
Aspect Group welcomes the opportunity to respond to the proposed structure of tiers 1-3 of the new Education Authority.
Aspect Group of prospect represents school improvement professionals, education administrators and managers within the education sector including the curriculum and examinations board CCEA. The level of uncertainty within the affected organisations in the education sector has been exacerbated by the prolonged and unsuccessful debates about ESA and the short time to the establishment of EA. In providing a response Aspect drew, upon the expertise and experience of members in the Education and Library Boards and in the education sector generally.
Aspect Group of Prospect Consultation on Structure of Senior Management in the new Education Authority in Northern Ireland
Education Authority established on April 1 2015
As the new education authority comes into existence,
there have been several meetings with DE officials and
management from the Education Authority Implementation
Team to ensure the terms and conditions and rights of Aspect members are protected when they transfer into the new organisation. Over the next few weeks further meetings are planned to iron out any issues or difficulties that may arise.
The main elements of the transfer are outlined below:-
Aspect Group Northern Ireland Members' Bulletin
Prospect briefing on education for members and politicians
General election 2015, education briefing
These standards, newly updated by experts within the Aspect group of Prospect, provide the ammunition for school improvement professionals in Northern Ireland to oversee the delivery of quality services in a fast-changing landscape, putting children first
Standards for Educational Development and Improvement Professionals in Northern Ireland