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 enable learners to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland's economic, social and cultural development.
What we do
In pursuit of this mission, the Department has the following high-level goals:
- Provide a quality inclusive school and early years education system, with improved learning outcomes.
- Provide opportunities for upskilling and reskilling that meet the needs of individuals and the labour market.
- Provide high quality learning, research and innovation opportunities in the higher education sector.
- Plan and provide appropriate infrastructure for learning environments.
In support of these high-level goals, the Department is engaged in a wide range of activities covering the key elements of policy planning, quality assurance, resourcing, regulation and evaluation, as well as providing a broad range of support services for the education sector.