Senior Cycle Review

NCCA published the Senior Cycle Review: Advisory Report following the Minister’s response on March 29th. The review of senior cycle was carried out across three phases from 2016 to 2020 and involved extensive consultation, research and deliberation. The review informed the development of the Advisory Report which details plans for the redevelopment of senior cycle education in Ireland.

19 May, 2022

The Senior Cycle Review: Advisory Report highlights the main findings from the review of senior cycle. Underpinned by a shared purpose and vision, it provides a solid foundation for the phased redevelopment of senior cycle in the coming years.   

The Advisory Report is set out in four chapters. Chapter one offers a clear picture of the purpose, vision and guiding principles that will act as a compass for everyone involved in education as senior cycle is redeveloped in the years ahead. Chapter two proposes the work to be undertaken by NCCA, in collaboration with schools and stakeholders, across three main areas—Pathways and Flexibility; Curriculum Components; and Assessment, Reporting and Transitions. Chapter three focuses on the key factors or conducive conditions which are necessary to support the redevelopment of senior cycle. Finally, chapter four sets out a plan for the redevelopment work, in three overlapping stages. NCCA is currently preparing a programme of work grounded in the Advisory Report and the announcement on March 29th by the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, TD.  The Advisory Report can be accessed here.

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