CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) is a non-departmental body funded by and responsible to the Department of Education.  CCEA puts learners at the centre everything it is responsible for.  CCEA is a key organisation in the education sector, providing research and advice to DE; delivering assessment arrangements for primary and post primary schools; supporting teachers in delivering the NI Curriculum; provides GCSE, GCE and other courses to local schools and colleagues and acts as qualifications regulator on behalf of DE , accrediting a range of qualifications for use in Northern Ireland.

CCEA has two Directorates : Education and Finance and Corporate Services, each area has discrete business units which are sub-divided into operational teams.  CCEA employs approximately 300 staff and contracts approximately 5000 practising teachers and other professionals in line with a mandatory code of practice.

CCEA has a ministerially appointed Council, comprising of a Chairperson and 13 members, and was recently reconstituted in February 2021, with the appointment of a new Chair and 7 new members.  The Council is supported by the work of 4 main committees; Education; Regulation; Finance and Audit & Risk Assurance, each chaired by a Council member.  The Chair and Council are supported by the Chief Executive, Directors and the Manager of the Council Secretariat. 

Tommy O’Reilly Chair

Margaret Farragher (Interim) Chief Executive

Why the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

“We believe that this organisation could provide an apprentice opportunity to learn and participate in strategic discussion on issues affecting the future of children in Northern Ireland as well as to see the effective operation of governance arrangements.  We also have a number of Council members who have experienced Boardroom Apprentice as either an apprentice or sponsor body and they are very supportive of CCEA participating in the scheme.”

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

29 Clarendon Road, Belfast, BT1 3BG (however during pandemic and currently via MS Teams)

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings take place usually on the last Thursday or each month and start times are either 1.30 or 3pm

Date of Board Meetings (September 2021 – August 2022)

Thursday 26 August 2021 

Thursday 30 September 2021

Thursday 28 October 2021

Thursday 25 November 2021

Thursday 16 December 2021

Thursday 27 January 2022

Thursday 24 February 2022

Thursday 31 March 2022

Thursday 28 April 2022

Thursday 26 May 2022

Thursday 23 June 2022

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2021 – August 2022)

Finance Committee

16 September 2021; 18 November 2021; 17 February 2022; 12 April 2022; 7 June 2022

Audit & Risk Assurance Committee

7 September 2021; 9 November 2021; 10 February 2022; 26 April 2022; 16 June 2022;

Education Committee

12 October 2021; 18 January 2022; 22 March 2022; 19 May 2022

Regulation Committee

21 October 2021; 13 January 2022; 10 March 2022; 10 May 2022