Consultation 2024

Consultation on the Primary Curriculum is now open

As part of the redevelopment of the Primary School Curriculum, NCCA is consulting on the Draft Primary Curriculum Specifications in Arts Education; Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) in the Primary Language Curriculum; Social and Environmental Education (SEE); Science, Technology and Engineering Education (STE); and Wellbeing from March 6th to June 7th 2024. The consultation includes a number of components, including written submissions, questionnaires, focus group events and participation in schools networks.

Consultation is now open on five Draft Primary Curriculum Specifications. You can access the specifications below, as well as short information videos providing an introduction to each document.

 

 

There are a number of questionnaires for those working in education and parents/ guardians.

Questionnaires for educational professionals

Below you will find a questionnaire for each of the draft curriculum specifications, as well as a general questionnaire on the alignment of the specifications with the Primary Curriculum Framework. 

Questionnaire on the Draft Arts Education Curriculum Specification 

Questionnaire on the Draft Primary Language Curriculum including Modern Foreign Language

Questionnaire on the Draft Social and Environmental Education Curriculum Specification

Questionnaire on the Science, Engineering and Technology Education Curriculum Specification

Questionnaire on the Draft Wellbeing Curriculum Specification  

Questionnaire on the alignment with Primary Curriculum Framework

Questionnaire for parents / guardians

Questionnaire on the draft primary curriculum 

Organisations or individuals can make a written submission using the form below. Alternatively, organisations or individuals can make a written submission by emailing PCRRsubmissions@ncca.ie

If you already made a written submission using the form and you would like to email your submission instead, you can do so by emailing PCRRsubmissions@ncca.ie before 7 June 2024.

Written submission form

Please read the draft specifications, which can be accessed in the first tab, in advance of completing this submission.

 

In January 2024, NCCA invited expressions of interest from primary schools and special schools to participate in the schools networks component of the consultation process. The expression of interest form is now closed and thank you to all schools who submitted an application. 

Five Schools Networks are now up and running, one network for each draft curriculum specification. The schools in the networks represent a wide range of schools types and contexts.

NCCA will work with these schools from March to June 2024. During this time, the schools will attend two in-person meetings and two online meetings with other schools in the network, as well as work with NCCA staff during a school visit the school.

We greatly appreciate the value and importance of working directly with schools to benefit from the experience and expertise of teachers and school leaders. The feedback gained from the school-based consultation, combined with other consultation components, will inform the finalisation of the primary curriculum specifications.

As part of the consultation, NCCA held a number of in-person and online focus groups for teachers, school leaders and parents. These events have now concluded and thank you to all those who attended and contributed. 

In-person focus groups

NCCA held in-person focus groups at the following locations.

Athlone Education Centre March 13th, 3.45pm-5.15pm
Cavan (Cavan Crystal Hotel) March 19th, 3.45pm-5.15pm
Dublin West Education Centre March 20th, 3.45pm-5.15pm
Waterford Teachers’ Centre March 21st, 3.45pm-5.15pm
Sligo Education Centre April 9th, 3.45pm-5.15pm
Cork Education Centre April 10th, 3.45pm-5.15pm
Galway Education Centre (through Irish) April 16th, 3.45-5.15pm

 

During these in-person focus groups, people shared their views on the draft primary curriculum specifications. 

 

Online focus groups

NCCA also facilitated online focus group meetings specific to each draft curriculum specification.

Modern Foreign Languages in the Primary Language Curriculum April 17th, 7pm-8pm 
Arts Education (Art, Music, Drama) April 18th, 7pm-8pm
Wellbeing (PE and SPHE) April 23rd, 7pm-8pm
Social and Environmental Education (History and Geography) April 24th, 7pm-8pm
Science, Technology and Engineering Education April 25th, 7pm-8pm
During the online focus group people shared their views on the draft primary curriculum specification being considered. 

 

Focus group for parents

Online focus group for parents on the new draft curriculum May 7th, 7pm-8pm