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 LC Drama, Theatre and Film Studies will be introduced into schools on a phased basis from September 2025. The Development Group for Leaving Certificate Drama, Theatre and Film Studies 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 Drama, Film & Theatre Studies has been approved for public consultation.
The consultation period runs from Friday, 2nd February until Friday, 5th April
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
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 Drama, Film and Theatre Studies in refining the draft specification prior to final approval and publication.
The first step in the development of Leaving Certificate Drama, Film and Theatre Studies was the research and publication of a Background paper and Brief for the review of the subject.
Background Paper and Brief for the Review of Leaving Certificate Drama, Film and Theatre Studies.
A public consultation on the Background paper and brief took place from 5th September 2022 to 28th October 2022.
- The Consultation Report on the Background Paper for Leaving Certificate Drama, Film and Theatre Studies
The development group for Leaving Certificate Drama, Film and Theatre Studies was convened on 27th September 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 Drama, Film and Theatre Studies will be developed to support the realisation of the purpose and vision for a redeveloped senior cycle as set out 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 Drama, Film and Theatre Studies.
- Meeting 1:27th September 2022
- Meeting 2: 25th October 2022
- Meeting 3: 17th November 2022
- Meeting 4: 12th December 2022
- Meeting 5: 18th January 2023
- Meeting 6: 8th March 2023
- Meeting 7: 27th March 2023
- Meeting 8: 27th April 2023
- Meeting 9: 18th May 2023
- Meeting 10: 18th October 2023
- Meeting 11: 16th November 2023
- Meeting 12: 4th December 2023
- Meeting 13: 12th December 2023
- Meeting 14: 11th January 2024