An Education Centre is
'a place in which services are provided for schools, teachers, parents, boards and other relevant persons which support them in carrying out their functions in respect of the provision of education which is recognised for that purpose by the Minister…' (Education Act 1998)
The principal activity of Education Centres (originally Teachers’ Centres) is to organize the local delivery of national programmes of teacher professional development on behalf of the Department of Education and Science. Centres also organize a varied local programme of activities for teachers, school management and parents in response to demand. Education Centres are statutory bodies and are managed by voluntary Management Committees elected annually.
There are 21 Education Centres with Full-time status and 9 Part–time Centres.
Education Centres have modern purpose-built facilities, to provide a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere for learning.