Student Voice

Erasmus Project

Rationale for Learner Voice

Children and young people have a right to ‘have a voice in matters which affect them and their views will be given due weight in accordance with their age and maturity.’ (Article 12 UNCRC).

NCCA values childrens’ and young people’s ‘unique perspectives on learning, teaching and schooling’ and recognises that ‘they should be afforded opportunities to actively shape their education’. (Cook-Sather, 2006).


Erasmus Student Voice Project

Student Voice – the BRIDGE to Learning project (2016 – 2019) is an Erasmus project which aims to empower students to participate meaningfully and collaboratively in improving their experience of school, encouraging their engagement in learning and improving teacher-student relationships.

NCCA is working in partnership with Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) alongside colleagues in Slovenia, Netherlands, Hungary and Scotland.

More information about the project can be found at


NCCA Learner Voice Project

The Learner Voice Research study (2014 – 2017) set out to address two objectives:

  1. To facilitate a process of student consultation on the development of new junior cycle curriculum specifications.

  2. To determine how to include student voice in education discourse for participating schools and the NCCA.

Read the The Learner Voice Research Study report


Negotiated Integrated Curriculum (NIC)

The Negotiated Integrated Curriculum (NIC) involved teachers negotiating and enacting the curriculum with their students around student concerns.


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