Minister Bruton launches Chief Inspector’s Report

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.

Some key findings of the Chief Inspector’s Report:

Overall Quality of Teaching

Teaching of English

Teaching of Mathematics

Teaching of Irish

Boards of management

School Leadership


Special Education

Better Differentiation

School self-evaluation

Launching the Report, Minister Bruton commented: “There is much that is good in our Early Years, primary and post-primary education provision. The Chief Inspector’s Report acknowledges all the good practice that takes place on a daily basis in our schools and other settings in terms of quality leadership, management, teaching and learning. The findings from this Chief Inspector’s Report together with positive findings for Ireland in international assessments of reading and mathematics, most recently, the PIRLS 2016 report, affirms that the vision outlined in our Action Plan for Education, that the Irish education and training system should become the best in Europe over the next decade, is achievable.’

Publishing the Report, Chief Inspector Dr. Harold Hislop said: “Our inspections show that there are many strengths in the Irish education system at early years, primary and post-primary levels. It is heartening to be able to report positively of effective leadership, good teaching and high quality learning for young people. This provides a solid basis on which to build even better pre-schools and schools for our young people.”