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 Advisers

LEA educationalists providing professional support to teachers and governors for `school improvement'.

LEA Inspectors

LEA educationalists who inspect school performance and report locally. Often, LEA advisers are also LEA inspectors.

Education Officers

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.

Social Services

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.