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The Department of Education and Skills (Ireland)

Who we are

The Department of Education and Skills is a department of the Irish state with responsibility for education and training. The mission of the Department is to facilitate individuals through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland's social, cultural and economic development.

What we do

In pursuit of this mission, the Department has the following high-level goals:

Goal 1 - Learning for Life

We want an education and training system that provides all learners with the knowledge and skills they need to participate fully in society and the economy.

Goal 2 - Improving Quality and Accountability

We want to provide for the delivery of a high quality education and training experience for everyone and improve accountability for educational outcomes across the system.

Goal 3 - Supporting Inclusion and Diversity

We want an education and training system that welcomes and meaningfully includes learners with disabilities and special educational needs, learners from disadvantaged communities/backgrounds, and those with language, cultural and social differences.

Goal 4 - Building the right systems and infrastructure

We want a modern, flexible education and training system which makes the best use of available resources.


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