Post-Primary Special Educational Needs

As part of the broader redevelopment of senior cycle the work of the Post-Primary Special Educational Needs Development Group began in September 2022. The development group plays a key role in developing modules for students in senior cycle who follow a Level 1 or Level 2 Learning Programme at junior cycle. This group includes nominees of the education partners, the Department of Education and other key education agencies.

 

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is consulting on the draft Programme Statement and curriculum areas for the Senior Cycle Level 1 Learning Programme and Senior Cycle Level 2 Learning Programme.  

The consultation runs from the 14th February until 10th April 2024.  

The purpose of the consultation is to gather feedback on the Programme Statement and curriculum areas, which will help inform the work of the Post Primary Special Educational Needs Development Group developing the Senior Cycle Level 1 Learning Programme and Senior Cycle Level 2 Learning Programme, prior to final approval and publication.  

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

NCCA is undertaking regional focus groups for teachers and school leaders. Applications to attend are now closed.

You can read the documents for consultation below:

Draft Programme Statement

Level 1 Numeracy

Level 1 Communication and Literacy

Level 2 Numeracy

Level 2 Communication and Literacy

You can learn more about the background to the consultations below:

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 follow-on modules for students following a Level 1 Learning Programme and Level 2 Learning Programme would be introduced in schools from September 2024.  

A draft Programme Statement and modules in Numeracy and Communication and Literacy have been approved for public consultation. 

The consultation involves in-depth engagement with a variety of stakeholders across Ireland. NCCA will work with schools to involve teachers, students, parents and school leaders directly in the consultation. 

The feedback from this consultation will help to inform the work of the Post Primary Special Education Development Group.

NCCA established a Post-primary Special Education Development Group to undertake, in the first instance, the task of developing a series of modules for students in senior cycle who follow a Level 1/Level 2 Learning Programme at junior cycle. The group will also provide support for curriculum review and development related to Junior Cycle Level 1/Level 2 Learning Programmes. The work of the Development Group is, in general terms, agreed by the NCCA Board for Senior Cycle and by the Council.

The modules 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 this series of modules at senior cycle.

The modules will be student-centred and age-, peer- and learning needs appropriate and contribute to students’ intellectual, social and personal growth and maturity. The level of the National Framework of Qualifications to which the modules would be aligned might vary as appropriate.

The design of the modules will be informed by research conducted by NCCA on the nature and design of curriculum specifications for the senior cycle stage of education. The development group will advise on the most appropriate time allocation for the modules. The first set of modules will be completed for Autumn 2024.

Development Group Meetings

A background paper and brief for the development of follow on modules for students following Level 1 and Level 2 Learning Programmes was published in February 2023. This paper provides a background for the development of a series of modules and forms the basis for a consultation which sought to elicit the views of a range of interested parties, including teachers, school leaders, parents and students, to contribute to this curriculum development.

Background paper and brief for the development of follow on modules for students following Level 1 and Level 2 Learning Programmes

A public consultation on the Background Paper and Brief took place in March and April 2023 and a report on the consultation was completed in September 2023.

Consultation report on the background paper and brief