The Department of Education

Our Mission and Our Values

Our Mission

To facilitate children and young people, through learning, to achieve their full potential and contribute to Ireland’s social, economic and cultural development.

Our Values

We place the student at the centre of education strategy and policy development and value learning as a public good, in light of its core role in the development, cohesion and wellbeing of an inclusive society.

We believe in the vital importance of open communication, consultation and collaboration with stakeholders within the education sector and with the wider community.

We are committed to the principles of continuous improvement, innovation and evaluation which will underpin evidence-based policy development and programme delivery.

The achievement of our goals will be underpinned by the overarching values for the Civil Service, as set out in the Civil Service Renewal Plan.

We value our staff and all those who work in schools and in other education settings in our education system. We work to create an environment where all of us can learn, develop and contribute to the goals of the education system.

We are accountable, open to change, and respectful in our dealings with the public and work colleagues.

Our Goals

In pursuing our mission, in a challenging and dynamic environment, the Department is working for the period 2021 to 2023 to achieve the following Strategic Goals:

Goal 1    Support the provision of high-quality education and improve the learning experience to meet the needs of all students, in schools and early years settings

Goal 2    Ensure equity of opportunity in education and that all students are supported to fulfil their potential

Goal 3    Together with our partners, provide strategic leadership and support for the delivery of the right systems and infrastructure for the sector

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