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Issue 43 - May 2023
It’s hard to believe that we’re in the final stretch of the 2022/23 school year. This brings the summer issue of [email protected] which is packed full.
March saw Minister Foley launch Ireland’s first curriculum framework for primary education. A special thank you to the schools and preschools which helped to develop this framework and its key ideas. Work now focuses on the detail of the curriculum areas, and you can read more on this below. 
Feedback from schools and early childhood settings, including young people, is central to NCCA’s work. Below you’ll find several examples of this feedback shaping NCCA’s work, such as in Junior Cycle Irish, Leaving Certificate Irish and the Aistear framework. You’ll also find details of how you can share your thoughts on Junior Cycle short courses as we learn about schools’ experience of working with these courses.  
If you teach English or perhaps have a particular interest in the literature studied by young people in post-primary schools, you might like to read two recently-published reports on English literature in the curriculum and the selection of prescribed texts.
Thank you for your continued interest in NCCA’s work. We wish you a lovely break over the summer and a chance to relax and have fun. We’ll be back in the autumn with more updates and news.

The Primary Curriculum Framework 

The Primary Curriculum Framework for all primary and special schools was launched by the Minister for Education, Norma Foley, TD, in Dublin Castle in March 2023. This is the first curriculum framework for primary education in Ireland and it sets out the purpose, structure and content of a redeveloped primary school curriculum. 

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Updated Junior Cycle SPHE 

Work is underway to update the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Curriculum from primary through to senior cycle education. Publication of an updated Junior Cycle SPHE Curriculum is the first step in this process. 

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Early Enactment Review of Junior Cycle Irish T1 and T2

NCCA recently published the report, Early Enactment Review of Junior Cycle Irish T1 and T2. The early enactment review drew attention to the strengths and challenges of enacting the T1 and T2 specifications.

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Redeveloping the Primary School Curriculum - Update on Development Groups

Development Groups to support the redevelopment of the Primary School Curriculum continue to meet regularly. Members engage with extensive, rigorous research, and debate and discuss key messages and ideas from this as they progress the preparation of draft specifications for the curriculum areas from junior infants to sixth class. 
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Consultation Report on the draft L1 and L2 specifications for Leaving Certificate Irish 

NCCA recently published its Consultation Report on Draft Specifications for Leaving Certificate Irish T1 and T2. The report considers, in detail, the feedback received on the draft specifications for Leaving Certificate Irish T1 and T2. 

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Research Reports on English literature and prescribed text lists 

Two papers in the area of Junior and Senior Cycle English have recently been published. These papers focus on the study of literature in English curricula across various jurisdictions and on the role and processes in the selection of prescribed texts. 

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Consultation with babies, toddlers and young children

Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework is being updated with phase one of the work now complete. The update has been guided by consultation with relevant stakeholders in the sector. Crucially, NCCA was interested in hearing from those who benefit from the framework and so commissioned a consultation with babies, toddlers and young children to ensure their voices are included.
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Early insights reviews of Junior Cycle subjects and short courses 

NCCA engages in early insights reviews of subjects and short courses that have been introduced to the curriculum in line with the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015). Read more about the current work and how you can get involved in the review of a number short courses in the Junior Cycle Curriculum. 

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This edition of [email protected] will be archived on our website, with the next edition in your inbox in Autumn. As always, you can stay updated on our work by visiting our website at We hope you and your family stay safe and well.

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