Every child is entitled by law to a mainstream school-based education, if their parents wish. Our schools, educational and other services must offer a quality provision to all children irrespective of where they live, their background or disabilities. It is our task to develop young people's abilities to their fullest potential.
We believe that the hallmark of a true education lies in quality provision for all. We are in constant discussion with parents and parent councils as well as young people, through pupil councils and the Young Person’s forum. The lifelong learning spokespersons meet with groups of young people each year.
As a joint department of Educational and Social Services, we are best placed to ensure that families can benefit from well-co-ordinated professional support. Through these commitments, we aim to develop the best services for the community and for individual children and young people.