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Education Authority Funding for Companies and Battalions

Registering with the Education Authority (EA)

We encourage all BB Companies and Battalions to register with EA. This is of great benefit to BB companies as once registered they can apply yearly for local Non-Targeted/Generic Youth Provision Funding. Additionally this entitles Companies and Battalions to apply for other funding from EA and also to be eligible to receive extra funds, such as that issued for PPE in late 2020. On top of this, the funding that the NI District receives from EA is based on the number of BB Companies registered with EA. Money that in turn is spent to design and deliver services that benefit our children and young people.

Please watch the video HERE to help you through the registration process. Please note if you registered in 2020 you do not have to register again.

Engagement Framework

The Engagement Framework as outlined in the Department of Education as Priorities for Youth policy, is a proportionate way to demonstrate outcomes of youth work. All EA funded youth groups are required to complete the Engagement Framework and submit the results annually to the EA. The Engagement Framework describes four categories of engagement in youth work, from Contact to Maximising Potential . Looking back over the previous year, Leaders are asked to assign each young person they work with to the most appropriate category, based on his/her engagement in their youth group/unit/project. It is important to note that there is no right or wrong response, only your considered judgement based on your knowledge and first-hand experience of the young people you work with.

Engagement Framework Resources

Education Authority Engagement Framework Poster Guide

The Education & Training Inspectorate

The Education & Training Inspectorate inspected Boys'Brigade Northern Ireland District in November 2014.

The inspection focused on:
1 The young people's achievements and standards;
2. The quality of the provision; and
3. The quality of the leadership and management, including the processes for self-evaluation leading to improvement.

The overall findings of the inspection were:
1. Overall effectiveness - Very good
2. Achievements and standards - Outstanding
3. Provision - Very good
4. Leadership and management - Very good

Report Conclusion: "In the areas inspected, the quality of the overall provision for the young people is very good. The Boys' Brigade (Northern Ireland District) is meeting very effectively the educational and pastoral needs of the young people; and has demonstrated its capacity for sustained self-improvement."

The full report can be found Here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the inspection process and especially to all the Companies who hosted the inspectors during the 2 weeks.

Online Brigade Manager

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NI Pages

Index of Northern Ireland pages

NI Downloads

Forms & Resources available from Northern Ireland Headquarters


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