Public Service Reform

Public Service Reform in Education and Training Sector

An extensive programme of reform is being implemented on a system wide basis across the Education and Training Sector. Major change initiatives and key milestones are captured in the Integrated Reform Delivery Plan (Revised) 2016. More detailed plans for Shared Services, including procurement, and External Service Delivery have been published separately and can be accessed through the links below.

The education reform programme enhances and develops the five key goals of the Department's Strategy Statement 2016 to 2019:

  • Improve the learning experience and the success of learners
  • Improve the progress of learners at risk of educational disadvantage or learners with special educational needs
  • Help those delivering education services to continuously improve
  • Build stronger bridge between education and the wider community
  • Improve national planning and support services

To oversee this programme of reform in the Education and Training Sector, the Department has established an Education and Training Reform Board and a Public Service Reform (PSR) Programme Office. The Department is working closely with national agencies and other Government Departments to implement this ambitious programme of reform.

Further information on the range of education and training reform initiatives active across the education and skills sector can be found in 'Ireland's Education and Training Sector: Overview of service delivery and reform' document.

Public Service Reform Plan 2014 to 2016

The Government published its second Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 in January 2014. As well as maintaining a focus on reducing costs and increasing efficiency, this new phase of reform has the ambitious goal of building a Public Service that will have positive outcomes for all stakeholders, including citizens, businesses and public servants themselves.

The key priorities of the 2014 - 2016 Reform Plan are reflected in the Department’s IRDP and include:

  • The use of alternative models of service delivery and better engagement with customers;
  • Making maximum use of digitalisation and open data to deliver services and information in innovative ways;
  • Utilisation of the “reform dividend” to support service improvements; and
  • Greater openness, transparency and accountability