The Department of Education exists to promote teacher training and research in education. It is strongly committed to the view that the training of teachers is best based in practical work in good schools, supplemented by relevant academic input into the philosophy and practice of education.
Education is primarily about the transmission of the best that has been thought and known, to those as yet ignorant of these things. The Department of Education believes that the best way of achieving this end is through a multiplicity of provision, rather than education being a monopoly of the state or its agencies.
A further focus of work in the Department is that educational provision itself should be strongly diversified to cater for the different needs of different pupils. Robust debate on these and other topics in education is strongly encouraged.