Primary Education

Primary education in Ireland consists of eight years of schooling spread over four levels/stages-junior infants to sixth class. The Primary Curriculum (1999) is presented in seven curriculum areas comprising 12 subjects. The Irish primary education system aims to provide a holistic education to enable the child to live their lives to the full and to realise their potential as a unique individual.



Have a look at our Primary School Curriculum and enhancements since 1999.

Assessment, Reporting and Transfer


Find out more about the range of supports to schools in using assessment as part of daily classroom practice.

Primary Developments


Explore what the future of primary education may look like and "have your say!"

Review and Research


Check out published documents that focus on a range of issues concerning the development of primary education.

Primary Updates