Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Development is underway 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 into schools on a phased basis from September 2025. 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.

 

The Draft Specification for Leaving Certificate Climate Action & Sustainable Development has been approved for public consultation.

The consultation period runs from Friday 2nd of February until 5th of April 2024

The consultation involves in-depth engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders across Ireland. NCCA have also contacted schools to participate in school-based focus groups involving teachers, students and school leaders. 

We invite you to get involved and have your say on the draft specification. You can:

Complete an online survey

Complete an online submission form

Please use one of the two submission formats above to provide feedback on the draft specifications as other formats cannot be accepted. 

Apply to attend the consultation event on Wednesday 13th March 2024 at The Strand Hotel, Limerick from 11am-2pm. Applications close on Friday 23rd February 2024 and places are limited. Attendees will be contacted by email after the 23rd of February deadline.

The feedback from this consultation will help to inform the work of the Development Group for Leaving Certificate Climate Action & Sustainable Development in refining the draft specification prior to final approval and publication.

The first step in the development of Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development was the development of a Background paper and brief for the development of the subject. 

A public consultation on the Background Paper and brief took place from 5th of September 2022 to 28th October 2022 and a report on the consultation was published in December 2022. 

The development group for Leaving Certificate Climate Action & Sustainable Development was convened on September 27th 2022 and will progress the development of a new specification guided by the brief and the findings of the consultation on the Background paper.

Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development will be developed to support the realisation of the purpose and vision for a redeveloped senior cycle as set out in the Senior Cycle Review: Advisory Report (NCCA, 2022). The guiding principles, as described in the Advisory Report, provide a touchstone for the Development Group as they undertake the task of preparing a curriculum specification for Leaving Certificate Climate Action and Sustainable Development.

Agreed short descriptions of meetings that have taken place so far, can be accessed below: