The Government will unveil a plan today to make the Irish education and training system the best in Europe in 10 years.
The action plan for education will see targets set in a similar strategy to that adopted by the last Government to tackle the jobs crisis.
This plan will outline hundreds of actions in the area of education with a particular focus on disadvantage and skills.
Changes wil lalso be announced in the system of apprenticeships and training, with an eye to the country's changing employment needs.
As happened with the action plan for jobs, the education plan will assign responsibility for implementation, be revised each year and there will be progress reports every three months.
Tackling educational disadvantage will be a key feature of the plan; a new DEIS plan will be published by end of the year to pioneer new approaches for delivering results and bring DEIS schools to the national norm by 2026.
A key target will be increasing by almost a third the proportion of students at risk of disadvantage who proceed to higher education.
Minister Richard Bruton said the plan had been devised as education is pivotal to our ambitions as a nation.