The purpose of the Department of Education and Children is to ensure that the Education Service complements the aims of the Isle of Man Government by setting clear policies directly related to Central Government policies.
The Department's policy is:
- To develop further the Isle of Man's reputation for educational excellence.
- To ensure the provision of the educational skills required for the Island to survive, prosper and achieve economic growth in the 21st Century.
- To ensure the delivery of the highest standards of teaching and learning.
- To ensure that each person follows a curriculum appropriate to his/her needs and is encouraged to reach the highest levels of personal attainment.
- To enable individuals and groups to develop their full potential, to become positive and contributing members of society, to show care and tolerance to others, our environment, culture and way of life.
- To maintain services and partnerships which support those delivering education in schools, clubs, the Isle of Man College, Higher Education and the workplace.
- To monitor educational needs and the future demands for education, so as to develop strategies for the optimum provision of staff and premises.
The Department of Education and Children, its various sections, its schools and the Isle of Man College subscribe to one overall aim, which is: "To provide high quality life long learning opportunities for all the people of the Isle of Man so that they can develop to their own potential and are able to contribute fully to society."
The Department's 2012/13 Business Plan is below.