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Schools and charity registration in Northern Ireland

Schools and charity registration in Northern Ireland

The education system in Northern Ireland consists of different types of schools which are overseen by the Department of Education and a range of other education bodies. 

Some school structures may be required to apply to register as charities with the Commission, while others will not. This will depend on how they have been established. 

The Commission previously published a briefing note setting out our understanding of which school organisations might be required to register, however, this is a new and complex area and our understanding continues to develop. Therefore, the Commission is now working to review and update the guidance. We hope to make the revised guidance available as soon as possible.