Maintained schools are managed by their Boards of Governors who are also responsible for employment of school staff. The Maintained schools are funded through the Education Authority for their running costs and directly by the Department in relation to capital building works.
Catholic Maintained schools are managed by BoGs nominated by trustees - mainly Roman Catholic - along with parents, teachers and EA representatives. The management authority for Catholic Maintained schools is the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) and the Catholic Schools Trustee Service is funded by DE to provide support and advice to trustees on area planning.
Grant Maintained Integrated schools are self-governing schools with integrated education status, funded directly by the Department of Education and managed by Boards of Governors. The BoG is the employing authority and responsible for employing staff. Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) is funded by DE to promote the strategic development of Integrated schools and provide advice and guidance to all Integrated schools, both Controlled and grant maintained.
Other Maintained schools are typically, but not exclusively, Irish-Medium schools. Irish-Medium education is education provided in an Irish speaking school or unit. Comhairle na Gaelscolaíochta (CnaG) was established by DE and its remit is to promote, assist and encourage Irish-Medium education.