Local educational roles and structures
The Local Education Authority (LEA)
The planning authority for education with a local government area which provides many `central services' to teachers, schools, governors, parents and pupils.
The education committee
The committee of elected councillors within a local government areas which sets local education policy or interprets national policy for implementation by the LEA.
The Chief Education Officer (CEO)/Director of Education
The chief executive of a Local Education Authority.
LEA educationalists providing professional support to teachers and governors for `school improvement'.
LEA educationalists who inspect school performance and report locally. Often, LEA advisers are also LEA inspectors.
LEA administrators who administer and advise schools on organisational systems relating, for instance, to pupil admissions, staff appointments, school budgets and central provision for children with special educational needs.
Education Welfare Services (EWO)
LEA staff with particular responsibilities for pupil attendance and general welfare through close liaison with Social Services, Schools and families.
A department within a local government area which is responsible, among many other things, for children's welfare (in the home) under the term of the Children Act, 1989.
Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)
Colleges and universities offering degrees, many of which also provide courses for initial teacher training in partnership with schools and courses to support the Continuing Professional Development of Teachers.