Gary Ó Donnchadha is one of two Deputy Chief Inspectors in the Department of Education and Skills. His responsibilities include managing and supporting the advisory and policy work of the Inspectorate. He oversees the quality assurance of Early Years education settings and works closely with the team of inspectors conducting the new programme of Early Years Education-Focussed Inspections (EYEI). Gary’s policy brief encompasses the work of the Inspectorate’s Evaluation, Support and Research Unit (ESRU) which develops and supports a range of inspection models for the Early Years, Primary and Post-primary sectors. Gary works closely with the Chief Inspector, with the other Deputy Chief Inspector and with the Inspectorate’s Senior Management Group to promote a strong focus on external quality assurance and inspection, school self-evaluation and capacity building for school and system improvement. Gary has pursued studies at Mary Immaculate College (B.Ed.); in UCC (B.A., H.Dip.Ed., M.Ed. and MBA) and at the University of London (M.A.). Gary is a former member of the board of TUSLA and of the Board of Governors of the European Schools. Before joining the Inspectorate, in 1998, Gary was a primary teacher in Cork (from 1982) and also served as an education officer with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).