Review of Public Administration (RPA)
REVIEW OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (RPA).
One of the most significant issues continuing to impact on the Board is ongoing implementation of the Review of Public Administration (RPA). Formally launched in June 2002, RPA was the first major examination, in over thirty years, of how public services in Northern Ireland are organised and delivered.
RPA in Education meant that, by 1 January 2010, a new Education and Skills Authority (ESA) would replace the five Education and Library Boards and other education sector organizations in Northern Ireland. A new Library Authority was established in April 2009, however, on 20 November 2009, the Minister for Education announced that it was unlikely that the relevant legislation would be in place to enable the establishment of ESA on 1 January 2010.
In the absence of a date for implementation of ESA, the Department of Education and ESA Implementation Team continue to work at progressing collaborative working between Boards and other education sector organizations to support achievement of the Minister for Education's goals in the transitional period prior to the establishment of ESA.
During this time of uncertainty and unprecedented change, the Board continues to meet the challenge of managing change and uncertainty whilst maintaining quality service delivery in the lead up to the establishment of the Education and Skills Authority.
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Voluntary Severance Update:
The Department of Education (DE) has invited expressions of interest for Round 2 of its Voluntary Severance Programme. Closing date for applications is 30 September 2011, following which business cases will be drawn up for relevant posts.
A total of 53 posts where approved as
part of the Round 1 Voluntary Severance Programme,
including 39 WELB posts (2 of which are flexible
retirement) and 14 C2k posts. Of the WELB
posts, 11 related to enhanced collaboration between
WELB and SELB. To view staff changes as a result
of Round 1 Voluntary Severance, click
ESA Policy Papers & WELB Responses
A total of 22 RPA Policy
Papers were developed by the Department of Education
and put out to consultation. WELB responded to
all 22 Policy Papers. To access Policy Papers and
WELB responses, click
Other ESA Consultation Documents / Issues & WELB Responses
WELB has responded to a wide range of RPA/ESA consultation documents and issues, including:
To access these
documents and WELB responses, click
Useful RPA/ESA links
To access useful links
to other RPA/ESA related websites, click