NCCA BULLETIN 1 : What is the purpose of Senior Cycle education in Ireland?


Forty-one post-primary schools across Ireland embarked on an ambitious project in May 2018, to formulate and share their thinking with the NCCA and the country on the purpose of senior cycle education in Ireland. The bulletin offers a snapshot of the rich tapestry of thoughts and ideas which emerged from teachers, students and parents as they discussed the purpose of senior cycle education in Ireland, explored students’ current experiences and began to suggest future directions senior cycle education might take. We also invite you to read the ESRI’s full working paper, Senior Cycle Review: Analysis of Discussions with Schools on the Purpose of Senior Cycle Education which is available at

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