The Education Authority is required to promote equality of opportunity and good relations in carrying out their functions, under Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. EA is also obliged to ensure that all decisions comply with the Human Rights Act 1998.

The Equality and Human Rights Unit is responsible for facilitating equality, good relations and human rights within the EA. The Unit provides high quality bespoke Equality and Human Rights advice and training to support EA in delivering better educational outcomes for Northern Ireland’s children and young people. The Unit also develop and lead on best practice diversity initiatives across EA. 


Sign language user? You can contact the Education Authority by making a video call to a British Sign Language or Irish Sign Language interpreter:

  • using the InterpreterNow app on your smartphone or tablet: in the app, tap on “service” and then “Education Authority”


  • using your computer and webcam: using the link below:


This service is available Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.

Sign Language Interpreter Service

The EA Equality Unit source and book BSL/ISL approved interpreters for parents deaf and sign language users for meetings/ information sessions which relate to their child’s education and/or welfare.

If you are a school or parent who requires this service, please contact the Equality Unit on equality.unit@eani.org.uk or 02890 564213 for further information.

Last updated: 20/11/2020