Transition Year

As part of the broader reform of senior cycle it is envisaged that a new Transition Year (TY) Programme Statement will be introduced in early 2024. A TY development group has been convened and will play a key role in developing the new statement.

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 revised Transition Year Programme Statement will be developed and available for schools from early 2024. The Development Group for Transition Year  have a key role in this work. The Group includes nominees of the education partners, the Department of Education and other key education agencies.  

Consultation on the Draft Transition Year Programme Statement

The draft TY Programme Statement is now available for consultation. The consultation period ends on 20 October 2023.

 There are a number of ways to engage with the consultation:

Public online survey

Information webinars

Teachers can register for either one of the following evening information webinars

Parents can register for the following evening information webinar

In addition to the above, all post-primary schools will be contacted to participate in an online schools survey and to express interest to participate in school-based consultation events. Other consultation events will include joint events with the TY-Teacher Professional Network (TPN) and with the Irish Second level Students Union (ISSU).

The data gathered from the consultation will help to inform the final version of the TY Programme Statement and it is envisaged that the final TY Programme Statement will be available to schools in spring 2024.

Enquiries can be directed to


The Transition Year Programme Statement is being redeveloped 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 task of developing a revised TY Programme Statement.

As part of the development of a revised TY Programme Statement, a Background Paper and brief for the review and revision of the Transition Year Programme Statement was developed. This background paper was approved by Council on November 8th, 2022.

A public consultation on the background paper took place from November 10th to December 22nd, 2022 and the report on the consultation of the background paper and brief for the review and revision of the TY Programme Statement was approved in February 2023.

The development group for the revised TY Programme Statement was convened on November 16th. Following their induction, the group had its first meeting. The work of the development group will then continue into 2023, with short descriptions available outlining the progress of each meeting.

Induction and Meeting 1: November 16th, 2022

Meeting 2 : January 19th, 2023

Meeting 3 : February 21st, 2023

Meeting 4 : March 7th, 2023

Meeting 5 : March 22nd, 2023

Meeting 6 : April 25th, 2023