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Western Education & Library Board,
1 Hospital Road,
Omagh, Co Tyrone,
BT79 0AW

Telephone: 028 8241 1411
Fax: 028 8241 1400
Email: info@welbni.org
Textphone: 028 8241 1550


Mission Statement

"The Mission of the Board is to provide, and support leadership, development and delivery of high quality education and youth services for everyone".

The Western Region was established in 1973 under the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1972. It is one of 5 Education Authorities in Northern Ireland. The constitution of the Board is laid down in the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986.

The Education Authority Western Region is the local education authority and library authority for its area. Its functions are laid down primarily in the following legislation:

  • The Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1986
  • The Education Reform (NI) Order 1989
  • The Education and Libraries (NI) Order 1993
  • The Education (NI) Order 1996
  • The Education (NI) Order 1997
  • The Education (NI) Order 1998

The EAWR's Administrative Headquarters is located in the county town of Omagh, with district offices in Derry and Enniskillen. In such a large area with a widely dispersed rural population, we have an efficient transport service with a fleet of school buses which is among the largest of those belonging to local Education authorities in the UK.

Functions, Duties, Powers and Services of the Education Authority Western Region

Within the public education system, the EAWR has statutory responsibility for primary and secondary education within its area. The EAWR must also have regard for the need for pre-school education. The EAWR is also responsible for the provision of a youth service to schools and the public.

The area has a population of over 282,055 with over 63,581 pupils attending schools.

The EAWR provides or maintains 12 Nursery, 183 Primary, 8 Special, 30 Secondary/ High and 4 Grammar Schools.

In addition, services are provided to 10 voluntary grammar and 7 grant-maintained integrated schools. The EAWR also makes extensive provision for youth facilities and over 400 registered youth groups are supported.

The Northern Ireland Public Library Service is now under the control of Libraries NI, a new public authority established in April 2009 as a result of the Review of Public Administration within Northern Ireland.

Libraries NI takes over responsibility for public libraries, previously held by the five Education Authorities, however responsibility for the Schools' Library Service still remains with each region.

Information on the Northern Ireland Library Service including your local library, can be accessed from the Libraries NI website:


The main duties of the EAWR are:

  • to contribute towards the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of the community
  • to ensure that there are sufficient schools for providing primary and secondary education
  • to secure special educational provision for those children who have been identified as having special educational needs
  • to provide a comprehensive and efficient school library service
  • to secure the provision for its area of adequate facilities for recreational, social, physical, cultural and youth service activities and for services ancillary to education

In support of these main provisions the EAWRs undertake a range of duties and provide a range of services. See Corporate Plan Document

The EAWR also has a responsibility, on behalf of the five Education Authorities, for C2k, which has as its central purpose the design, development and operation of an ICT infrastructure to support the curricular, management and information needs of the major bodies within the Education Service in Northern Ireland.

The EAWR is managed by a Chief Executive through leadership of a team of four Departmental Heads, representing Services, Curriculum, Children and Young People's Services and Finance. The Audit Section reports directly to the Chief Executive.

Vacant T: 028 8241 1205 E: 
SERVICES - Head of Department    
Vacant T: 028 8241 1203 E: 
Cross-Board Post - EAWR and EASR)
Vacant T: 028 8241 1202 E: 



T: 028 8241 1454

FINANCE - Head of Department   
Mr Pat Hughes T: 028 8241 1311 E: pat.hughes@eani.org.uk
C2k - Director 
  T:  028 8241 1202