Strengths of Ireland’s education system highlighted in new report

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, 03/24/2022. Tags: Education and Politics
Minister Foley welcomes the release of the Chief Inspector’s Report 2016-2020, showing the many strengths of the Irish education system and identifying areas for development as the system emerges from COVID

Education Minister Norma Foley TD today (Wednesday 23rd March 2022) welcomed the findings of the Chief Inspector’s Report 2016-2020 which provides an analysis of the quality of education provision in schools and other educational establishments in Ireland during the period September 2016 to December. 2020. The report is based on nearly 10,000 inspections, in addition to the consulting and research work carried out by National Education inspectors. It covers outcomes from a range of educational settings, including primary schools, special schools, post-primary schools, early childhood care and education (ECCE) program and other types of services educational.

The report also encompasses the work of educational institutions during the COVID-19 period – a time of unprecedented challenge for children and young people, their parents, educational institutions and everyone involved in education in Ireland. .

This report clearly shows that children and young people in Irish schools, education centers and other educational settings, including Early Learning and Care (ELC) settings, benefit greatly from the skills and the engagement of education practitioners in terms of supporting learning and well-being . The positive findings on education standards in Ireland presented in the report are also reflected in national and international measures of quality, which are also referenced in the report. While there are many positive findings, Chief Inspector Dr Harold Hislop has also identified a number of aspects of the Irish education system which need to be developed and improved in the years to come. These include:

  • Tackling the Legacy of Covid – in particular with regard to the learning and well-being of children and young people in the Irish education system
  • Curriculum – particularly the challenge of curriculum reform and assessment experience for senior students in post-primary schools
  • Inclusion and diversity – ensure that all students, regardless of background or educational need, can reach their full potential
  • School governance and leadership – move towards a more effective, coherent and sustainable approach to school governance and management.

In releasing the report, Chief Inspector Dr Harold Hislop said:

“Our inspections show that the Irish education system has many strengths at early childhood, primary and post-primary levels. I am pleased to be able to report positively on the quality of learning, quality of teaching and support for children and young people in our education system. This provides a solid foundation on which to build an even better education offer for our children and young people in the years to come.

In response to the report, Minister Foley said:

“I welcome this report, which is based on the knowledge and research acquired over several years of inspections in our educational establishments. The overall findings of supports, efforts and accomplishments in our school communities are very positive and acknowledge the tremendous efforts of school and other educational institution leaders, teachers and staff, students, families and volunteer board members.

“There are a lot of excellent people in our education system. The Chief Inspector’s report recognizes all the good practice that takes place every day in our schools and other educational institutions in terms of the quality of leadership, management, teaching, learning and support to the well-being of our children and young people. It also commends the work of educational communities to ensure that the education of our children and young people can continue during the pandemic.

“The findings of this Chief Inspector’s report, together with the positive findings for Ireland in international assessments of reading and mathematics, confirm the many strengths of education provision for children and young people from their early years through their primary and post-primary education experiences.

“The report sets out areas where further initiatives and support are needed to bring about improvements – I am pleased that we have continuously used data from the Inspection to inform our plans, and so through the findings we are well advanced in plans to address emerging issues Using collected evidence to continuously improve is a feature of our assessment system both at school and institution level and at the national level. My officials and I will continue to use the results to inform and improve our work in support of our schools and educational institutions.”

A copy of the report is available here