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Consultation on the Primary School Curriculum

By Tara Maher


Scoil Bhride, Crosshaven, is one of five Cork primary schools that is a member of the NCCA Forum helping to redevelop the primary school curriculum.


The primary curriculum is changing and public consultation on the new proposals will close on June 7th at 5pm. This consultation relates to the most significant curriculum redevelopment for primary and special schools in 25 years. Teachers, school leaders, parents, children and other interested stakeholders have been asked to share their views on five draft curriculum specifications:  

·    Arts Education (Art, Drama and Music)

·    Modern Foreign Languages, as part of the Primary Language Curriculum

·    Science, Technology and Engineering Education   

·    Social and Environmental Education (History and Geography)

·    Wellbeing (Physical Education and Social, Personal and Health Education).

 

Speaking about the significance of the consultation, Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD, said "I encourage all educators, parents, and stakeholders to contribute to this consultation on the latest stage of primary curriculum change. Together, we can create a curriculum that empowers our children to thrive and succeed in our modern and changing world.” The outcomes from this consultation will ultimately contribute to the finalisation of the redeveloped Primary School Curriculum for all primary and special schools.



As part of the redevelopment work, NCCA works with a group of 60 pre-school, primary and post-primary schools in the Schools Forum. Five Cork schools, Scoil Bhríde (Crosshaven), Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin (Mayfield), St. Maries of the Isle NS (Bishop Street), Gaelscoil Uí Ríordáin (Ballincollig) and Gaelscoil Mhachan (Blackrock), are members of this Forum and over the last couple of years have come together with other schools from across the country to guide and help shape the primary curriculum review and redevelopment.


Since March 6th, NCCA has gathered feedback in a number of ways, including through in-person and online focus groups, online questionnaires, written submissions, work with Schools Networks, consultation with children and a large consultative conference. Before the consultation closes, NCCA wants to hear from as many people as possible. There are still opportunities to get involved through the online questionnaires or by using the online written submission form. These, along with further information on the consultation can be found on the NCCA website, www.ncca.ie.

 





 

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