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Inspectorate

Who we are

The Inspectorate is the division of the Department of Education and Skills responsible for the evaluation of primary and post-primary schools and centres for education. Inspectors also provide advice on a range of educational issues to school communities, policy makers in the Department and to the wider educational system.

All inspectors are experienced teachers. Many have also worked as school principals, deputy principals or as advisors with school support services. Others have experience in curriculum design and the implementation of assessment practices, in school management and in educational research.

What we do

The Inspectorate:

  • Provides an assurance of quality and public accountability in the education system
  • Carries out inspections in schools and centres for education
  • Conducts national evaluations
  • Promotes best practice and school improvement by advising teachers, principals and boards of management in schools
  • Publishes inspection reports on individual schools and centres for education
  • Reports on curriculum provision, teaching, learning and assessment generally in the educational system
  • Promotes the Irish language
  • Provides advice to policy makers in the Department of Education and Skills and to the wider educational system.

We provide oral feedback to the school community at the end of these inspections and we provide a printed report which is published on our website.

Contact

Inspectorate Structure and Contacts


E-mail:inspectorate@education.gov.ie

Address: Department of Education and Skills, Inspectorate Secretariat, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

Phone: (01) 889 6553

See Also

Forms of Inspection

Self Evaluation

Inspectorate Publications

Find an Inspection Report using our Find a School function