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Action Plan for Education 2017

Action Plan for Education 2017

February 14, 2017

On Monday 6th February 2017, the Government launched the Action Plan for Education 2017

Led by Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, the Action Plan reaffirms the Government’s ambition to create the best education and training service in Europe by 2026. The Action Plan has been broken into five strategic goals and five thematic goals for 2017.
Early Childhood Ireland has reviewed the plan for its relevance specific to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECE) sector. Reference to ECE and Early Years is limited to the following:

1. Work with other Government Departments
Adopting the underlying principles of the Programme for a Partnership Government, the Department will continue to deepen its engagement with other Departments and agencies in order to deliver in priority areas. These areas include the Early-years sector, where the Department aims to improve the quality of education provision, and develop the workforce, working to deliver the second free ECCE year, and to improve the school engagement, participation and retention levels of learners from disadvantaged backgrounds, through the delivery of Tusla’s integrated delivery model for educational welfare. Work with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to achieve these aims.


2. Under Objective 1.4: Improve the transition of learners at critical stages in the education and training system
Implement online reporting templates to support pre-schools, primary schools and parents, by improving the transfer of information about the progress and achievement of learners between all schools and state-funded ECCE settings.


3. Under Objective 4.2: Strengthen the role of parents and students, and deliver progress in providing greater school choice
Complete consultation process on the impact and role that religion plays in school admissions, including the impact on minority religions, the issue of mandatory catchment areas, impact on school transport, and issues of competing rights and the Constitution. Consultation process to be completed in Q1 . Next steps to be outlined and delivered from Q2 (see document for full timelines), depending on outcomes and decisions arising from consultation process.

We understand that the Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) will take the lead in this process and that parents of pre-school children will be included in the consultation. Details of the process and how local engagement will be facilitated are not yet known. ECI will keep members and parents advised as more information becomes available.


4. As a Key Theme for 2017 under Goal 3: Improve the quality of the early year’s curriculum
We will continue to actively support the Department of Children and Youth Affairs to improve the quality of early year’s provision. We will support the implementation of Síolta and Aistear (the early years quality and curricular frameworks) through joint implementation with DCYA of the Síolta Aistear Initiative being funded by DCYA. We will implement a national programme of early years education focussed inspections; plan and design appropriate training and CPD for teachers and childcare assistants; develop resources and a central system for registration and tracking of engagement. We will support the development of the workforce in the early year’s sector and work with DCYA to develop a workforce plan.


5. As a Key Theme for 2017 under Goal 4: Creating more diverse learning opportunities beyond schools
We will complete approval of new curricula in 14 further craft trades and announce new apprenticeships for development and commence a new branding and marketing campaign for apprenticeships. We will launch two further traineeship programmes; deliver enterprise-led training through the implementation of the Skillnets Statement of Strategy 2016 to 2019. We will publish the FET Policy Framework for Employee Development, for those in employment; create a greater diversity of learning opportunities through the rollout of Springboard+2017.


6. Under Appendix 3: DES commitments arising from the Programme for a Partnership Government
The curriculum is evolving. In 2016, we need to focus on the future needs, abilities and capacity of students. Focus must remain on literacy and maths, but new subjects should be introduced such as the arts, entrepreneurial education, and mental health awareness.

Schools buildings must be utilised out of hours if they are to remain at the centre of communities into the future, both throughout the day and throughout the year, including better utilisation of information technology. Afterschool care, homework clubs and other community activities should be permissible. Additional capitation funding will be linked to the availability of afterschool care options, where demand exists.

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