What we do

What we do

The NCCA advises the Minister for Education on:

  1. curriculum and assessment for early childhood education, primary and post-primary schools.
  2. assessment procedures used in schools and examinations on subjects which are part of the curriculum.

This advice is developed through Research, Deliberation, Consultation and Networks.


The Council sets out its work priorities in a three-year strategic plan. These priorities contribute to the overall vision of leading innovation in education for learning, living and working in a changing world. Read the Strategic Plan here.

While the NCCA is not responsible for implementing curriculum change, it supports educational change in early childhood settings and in schools by developing a range of support materials such as examples of practice, online toolkits and planning resources, and by working with those introducing new developments to practitioners and teachers.