The Department of Education is a devolved Northern Irish government department in the Northern Ireland Executive. The minister with overall responsibility for the department is the Minister of Education, John O’Dowd.
The department's overall vision is "to ensure that every learner fulfils her or his potential at each stage of development". Its priorities are: raising Standards for all; closing the performance gap, increasing access and equality; developing the education workforce; improving the "learning environment"; and transforming education management.
The Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI), are an organisation which provides inspection services and information about the quality of education being offered to the: Department of Education (DE); Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL); Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). In addition, inspection services are also provided for the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), the Criminal Justice Inspection (CJI) and the United Kingdom Borders’ Agency (Home Office).
The work of the ETI covers early years, primary and post-primary schools, special education, further education, work-based learning, youth, initial teacher education, inspection of DCAL organisations, DARD and CJI, as well as policy, planning and improvement work
Education Scotland brings together the work and responsibilities of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education, Learning and Teaching Scotland, the Scottish Government Positive Behaviour Team and the National CPD team. It was established on July 1, 2011.
Education Scotland's core purpose and strategic priorities are: to lead and support successful implementation of the curriculum; to build the capacity of education providers and practitioners to improve their own performance; to promote high quality professional learning and leadership; to stimulate creativity and innovation; to provide independent evaluation on the quality of educational provision; to provide evidence-based advice to inform national policy and to develop its people and improve its organisational capability.
The Department for Education is responsible for education and children’s services in England. It works to achieve a highly educated society in which opportunity is equal for children and young people, no matter what their background or family circumstances. DfE is a ministerial department, supported by 10 agencies and public bodies.