Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Development will soon commence on a specification for a new Leaving Certificate subject- Climate Action and Sustainable Development.

Context
NCCA advises the Minister for Education on curriculum and assessment for early childhood education, for primary and post-primary schools. As part of the broader reform of Senior Cycle, it is envisaged that a new specification for Climate Action and Sustainable Development will be introduced in network schools from September 2024. The Development Group for Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development will have a key role in this work. The Group will include nominees of the education partners, the Department of Education and other key education agencies. 

 

The first phase of developing the specification involves convening of a development group and a consultation on the background paper. You can find out more about this below.

 

As part of the broader redevelopment of senior cycle it is envisaged that a new specification for Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development will be introduced in network schools from September 2024. 


The public consultation on the development of Climate Action and Sustainable Development is now open. The first phase of the public consultation is on the Background Paper and brief for the development of Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development which is available to download below:

Background paper and brief for the development of Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development (2022)


NCCA is seeking the views of a range of interested parties on the background paper, including practising teachers and students. Your views will contribute to the development of the new subject specification for Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development. 
Having read the background paper, the NCCA would like you to have your say. There are several ways to participate in the consultation:  


- Via the online survey 
- Make a written submission via consultations@ncca.ie  


NCCA welcomes submissions from all interested parties. The consultation will close on October 28th 2022 at 5pm.


You can also:
- Attend one of the regional focus groups - you can register here.  Places are limited and registration remains open until one week in advance of each focus group. Focus groups will take place during the school/working day. Registration for Dublin is now closed. 


- Register your school’s interest in taking part in a student voice consultationRegistration is open until 19th September and schools will be chosen at random to participate from the list of applicants.


All of the feedback will be analysed and a report on the consultation will be published. The feedback gained from consultation will be shared with the development group for Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development to help inform their development of the new specification.


Further information on the development of senior cycle specifications is available here