Development of a new specification for Leaving Certificate English has commenced.

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 redevelopment of senior cycle, it is envisaged that a revised specification for Leaving Certificate English will be introduced in schools from September 2026. The Development Group for Leaving Certificate English will have a key role in this work. The group includes nominees of the education partners and other key education agencies.

Below you will find information on the subject development work including the background paper and brief for the review for this subject, and a note from each of the development group meetings. 

The first step in the redevelopment of Leaving Certificate English was the development of a Background paper and brief for the review of the subject. 

 Consultation on the Background Paper and Brief for the Review of Leaving Certificate English is now closed.


The development group for Leaving Certificate English was convened on February 27th, 2024, and will progess the development of a new specification guided by the brief and the findings of the consultation on the Background paper.

Short descriptions of meetings that have taken place so far can be accessed below.