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Schools Branch

Schools Branch

Schools Branch Officers are involved in the strategic management and planning of nursery, primary and post-primary school provision across the Board’s area.

Amongst the range of core activities, officers within Schools Branch:

  • oversee the appointment of leadership posts in controlled schools;

  • contribute to the training for principals and Boards of Governors;

  • advise on matters relating to the functions and duties of Boards of Governors of controlled schools;

  • provide advice and support to schools, parents, external agencies and the wider community;

  • respond to a range of parental issues, concerns and complaints;

  • meet regularly with consultative committees;

  • contribute to the administration of pre-school education through the Pre-School Education Advisory Group;

  • provide advice and support relating to suspensions and expulsions of pupils;

  • provide advice and support to parents who educate their children at home;

  • operate the DARS service

  • manage provision for Traveller Education


The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

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