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Department of Education and Skills (2018). Action Plan for Education 2018. Dublin, Ireland : Rialtas na hÉireann - Government of Ireland.


Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 including the Statement of Strategy was launched in September 2016. It sets out our ambition to have the best education and training system in Europe by 2026. It recognises that learning as a public good has a critical role in the development, cohesion and Wellbeing of society. Education is atthe heart of all of our ambitions as a nation. No other area of Government activity has greater capacity to change our country for the better. It supports the development of a strong growing economy while sustaining a fair and compassionate society. The Programme for Government recognises this, noting that “Education is the key to giving every child an equal opportunity in life. No child should be left behind in economic recovery and we should use our strengthening economy to become a leader in the provision of world-class education and skills.” An excellent and innovative education and training system is pivotal to personal fulfilment, the building of a fair society and a successful nation. It is central to sustaining economic success and in building strong communities.Our central vision is that,through adopting a “whole-of-system” approach,the Irish education and training system should lead in innovation and a broad range of endeavours and that we will harness education and training to break down barriers for groups at risk of exclusion and set the benchmark for social inclusion. Through this approach our ambition is that we will deliver to the highest international standards, and prepare learners of all ages to participate and succeed in a changing world. Since the launch of the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 and Statement of Strategy, we have made real progress towards achieving our goals and objectives. 86% of actions targeted for delivery by the end of 2017 have been achieved. Action Plan 2018 is derived from the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019, it builds on progress made to date and incorporates feedback from the consultation process. It reaffirms our ambition and reflects the goals of the Government’s civil and public service reform programmes. It reiterates our key goals and objectives and contains over 370 actions and subactions to be achieved before the end of 2018. The Action Plan for Education 2018 highlights the significant strategic reform programme under way in education and training. It recognises the importance of critical business functions to ensure business continuity and quality of service. The publication of an annual plan within a broader strategic framework enables us to respond in an agile way to the demands ofthe challenging and complex environmentin which we operate while maintaining a strategic focus on sustainable reform. In 2018, we are faced with challenges of national and international political change, including Brexit and America’s new policy direction on trade and taxation, identified skills gaps, the growing demand for upskilling and reskilling opportunities for employees, innovations in technology, and changing demographics. Our key focus for 2018 includes: promoting and encouraging quality, excellence and innovation, meeting critical skills gaps, leading in key enabling technologies, championing inclusion and increasing participation in lifelong learning. Policy emphasis across the continuum of education from early years to higher education includes: taking action to strengthen STEM; using digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment; increasing competence in foreign languages; initiating a review of senior cycle programmes; tackling disadvantage, strengthening inclusion and supporting transitions; building leadership capacity and actively supporting a professional workforce; continuously improving quality including embedding a new model of inspections and a review of higher education; strengthening entrepreneurship and innovation; focused engagement with enterprise; and enhancing career opportunities and developing strong alternative pathways including Further Education and Training (FET), traineeships and apprenticeships.


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