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Action Plan for Education 2019 launched

Posted by Schooldays Newshound, on 08/03/2019. Action Plan for Education 2019 launchedTags: Education And Politics

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. today (Thursday, 7 March) launched the Action Plan for Education 2019 in the National College of Art and Design.

The Action Plan sets out more than 280 deliverable actions for this year with the ambition to continuously improve our education system.

Launching the Plan, An Taoiseach said: “Approximately one in four people in Ireland are students; children, teenagers, adults, people from all backgrounds. An investment in education is an investment in them, it’s an investment in the future and in all of us.”

It is Minister McHugh’s first Action Plan for Education, under the Department’s new Statement of Strategy 2019-21, which is also published today.

Minister McHugh said: “The Action Plan is underpinned by a drive to prepare people in a balanced way for life and work. It emphasises the need for young people and students to aim high and to fulfil their potential while developing the skills to think critically and to adapt and innovate with a resilience and wellbeing.”

Some of the actions that will be delivered this year include:

  • Implementing Languages Connect, Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026
  • Increasing the number of post-primary schools in the Foreign Language Assistants scheme and uptake of the Erasmus programme
  • Progressing implementation of the STEM Education Policy Statement 2017- 2026 and the Implementation Plan 2017-2019, including developing a work plan to increase the numbers of women participating in STEM
  • Launch a STEM advertising campaign aimed at pupils and students, teachers, school leaders and parents to promote and drive participation in STEM subjects

    The Action Plan for Education 2019 builds on progress to date. It represents a bridge between continuity and change. Taking a collaborative, whole of system approach, it reflects commitments in relevant cross-governmental initiatives such as Future Jobs Ireland, the Action Plan for Rural Development and Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures – The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, 2014-2020.

    Other features of the Action Plan for Education include

  • Implementing the DEIS Plan in order to close the gap in performance between DEIS and non-DEIS schools, increase retention rates of DEIS students and increase the progression rates of DEIS students into Higher Education and Further Education and Training
  • Implementing the Teacher Supply Action Plan, including launching a Teacher Recruitment Portal to assist schools in recruiting for all teacher vacancies, including substitutes
  • Making progress towards increasing the diversity of school type in order to offer parents more choice, including by finalising protocols for the Implementation Phase of the Schools Reconfiguration for Diversity process and assessing the demand for increased provision for Irish-medium schools
  • Introducing a stronger complaints procedure and charter for parents and students
  • Strengthening the apprenticeship and traineeship systems by enhancing the range of courses and increasing student places
  • Set up a new online marketplace for apprenticeship opportunities
  • Implement strands of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-2021 and oversee delivery of targets for Institutes of Technology, Technological Universities, colleges and universities so that Higher Education becomes more representative

    Action Plan for Education 2019: Cumasú – Empowering through Learning document is available here  
    Statement of Strategy 2019 – 2021 document is available here

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