Clarification regarding recruitment of Primary District Inspectors

In relation to the advertisement on below is clarification from the Department of Education and Skills.

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills has a remit to inspect educational provision in early years’ settings, primary and post-primary schools and centres for education.  To this end, the Department recruits early years, primary and post-primary inspectors from the ranks of practitioners and teachers who hold the qualifications required for working in the particular sector.  As a general principle, inspectors are recruited to work in education settings aligned to their initial and continuing professional education and experience.  The Department of Education and Skills will continue to recruit Early Years Inspectors, Primary District Inspectors and Post-primary Inspectors.  

The competition now underway through the Public Appointments Service is for Primary District Inspectors.  The parameters of the role are clearly outlined in the competition documentation which is available on the PAS website. The successful candidates will conduct evaluation and advisory work in primary schools and Early Start Units in primary schools. These Early Start Units are classified as early years’ settings.   

The Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate has oversight of publicly funded education provision across all settings and contexts in which it is delivered.  Increasingly, there is an emphasis on continuity, progression and transition between sectors and in that context, the Inspectorate draws on the expertise of its entire team to evaluate the quality of education provision across a range of settings.  In so doing, the Inspectorate deploys Inspectors to carry out inspections in cross-sectoral or multi-disciplinary teams and line with inspectors’ professional qualifications and professional experience.  Therefore, inspectors who have experience and/or qualifications that are relevant to this cross sectoral evaluation work are deployed accordingly.