Minister Bruton today launched The Chief Inspector’s Report from the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills. The Report summarises the findings from nearly 5,000 inspections in schools and centres for education during the period January 2013 to June 2016. The Report also summarises findings from inspections of Early Years provision made in 2015 and 2016.
Minister Bruton has set the ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026. Major international studies have recently shown the strength of 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. Our primary school students are the best in Europe for reading and maths. The Inspectorate is key to helping schools deliver the excellent standards we are seeing in our schools.