Policies and Guidance

Key policy, guidance, advice and information documents:

DE and EA Guidance on teaching during the pandemic

EA Continuity of Learning Checklists

Key documents for NI education

The governance of education services in Northern Ireland is a devolved matter. This means that the decisions about how education develops in Northern Ireland are made at the level of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The Minister of Education is responsible for policy and strategy, which is set by the Department of Education (DE).

Northern Ireland Assembly's Committee for Education scrutinise the work of DE. This includes the work of the Arms-Length Bodies of DE, such as the:

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Education Authority (EA)


Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS)


Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)


General Teachers' Council, Northern Ireland (GTCNI)

Schools and Arms-length Bodies are tasked with the operational work required to enact the policies and strategies developed by DE. Links to all the policies that underpin education in NI are below: