New Statement of Strategy 2019-2021

Call for Submissions for New Statement of Strategy 2019-2021

DES_logo_centredFollowing the recent appointment of Joe McHugh T.D. as Minister for Education and Skills, the Department of Education and Skills, in accordance with the Public Service Management Act 1997, is developing a new Strategy Statement for the period 2019-2021 and we would welcome your input.

The Strategy Statement will be informed by the Programme for Government, key Government priorities, policy frameworks and other significant issues, and the approved document will set out the Department’s strategic vision for the period 2019-2021. The intention is that the new strategy statement will build on progress to-date, allow for the implementation of recently introduced reforms and continue to improve the quality and effectiveness of the education system for all learners.

The Strategy Statement will set clear goals and high level priority actions to achieve our vision and to set key strategic directions that will provide for a period of continuous improvement and reform. Each year we will develop an Action Plan framed by the goals of the Statement of Strategy which will outline our high level work programme for the year.

The core goals in our Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 - Department of Education and Skills Strategy Statement are set out below:

Our Goals 2016-2019

More detailed information on the Department’s business activities can be found on this website along with the most recent Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 - Department of Education and Skills Strategy Statement

Submissions are invited from interested parties to assist the Department in defining its strategic vision for the next three years. Please use the form below to give us your feedback under the goals. No personal data is collected during this survey. 

We would like to thank you in advance for your feedback, which will be used to help us develop the Strategy Statement 2019-2021.

You can submit feedback until the close of business on Tuesday 18th December, 2018

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Department of Education and Skills

Strategy Statement 2019-2021

What areas should the Department of Education and Skills focus on, under the goals below, in order to deploy its resources to have the greatest impact for learners over the next three years?

1. Improve the learning experience and the success of learners

2. Improve the progress of learners at risk of educational disadvantage or learners with special educational needs

3. Help those delivering education services to continually improve

4. Build stronger bridges between education and the wider community

5. Improve national planning and support services

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On completion of this consultation the Department will publish a summary of the submissions received.