Sunday 16 June 2019

Making our education and training system the best in Europe

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Salma Abbas, pupil at St Audoen's National School, talks to Minister Richard Bruton at the launch of the Action Plan for Education 2018
Salma Abbas, pupil at St Audoen's National School, talks to Minister Richard Bruton at the launch of the Action Plan for Education 2018

The Action Plan for Education 2018 aims to make the country's education and training system the best in Europe by 2026.

International studies have recently shown the strength of the results achieved in the Irish education system.

Ireland's 15-year-olds are among the best in OECD countries in reading and are above average in mathematics and science.

And our primary school students are the best in Europe for reading and maths.

The plan sets out what what being the best in Europe actually means.

π Delivering a learning experience to highest international standards.

π Harnessing education to break down barriers for groups at risk of exclusion and setting the benchmark for social inclusion.

π Equipping learners of all ages and capacities to participate and succeed in a changing world.

π Leading in innovation and a broad range of endeavours, scientific, cultural, enterprise and public service.

π Fostering strong relationships between enterprise and education and building strong bridges with the wider community.

Action Plan 2018

The delivery of an annual Action Plan for Education was a commitment in the three-year Action Plan for Education running from 2016 to 2019.

The plan contains over 370 individual actions.

It is based on five high-level goals, with an overall ambition to make Ireland's education and training system the best in Europe by 2026:

π Improve the learning experience and the success of learners.

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

π Help those delivering education services to continually improve.

π Build stronger bridges between education and the wider community.

π Improve national planning and support services.

The plan was launched last week by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today launched the Plan in St Audoen's National School in Dublin with Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, Minister of State Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Minister of State John Halligan.

For more information on Project Ireland 2040 visit the official website 

Irish Independent

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