Consultation: Structure and Time in the Primary Curriculum


January to April 2017



The primary curriculum has provided a strong foundation for teaching and learning since it was published in 1999. Since then, research, reviews and evaluations have highlighted many strengths of the curriculum as well as challenges. It was a curriculum of its time. These are changing and different times.

Think about five to seven years from now. How should our primary curriculum be structured? Should we still use subjects from junior infants to sixth class? Is there a better way to think about how we use time across the curriculum? These are some of the questions shaping proposals for a consultation on the primary curriculum. The consultation will take place from January to April 2017 with a major consultative conference on March 28th.

Have your say by:

  • attending a focus group for teachers in one of the selected Education Centres
  • completing our online questionnaire at the link below
  • completing a written submission, deadline May 26th
  • attending our Consultative Event in Dublin Castle on March 28th -Registration closed

If you have a query about the consultation, please contact us at

We look forward to hearing from you!

Watch the Consultative conference webcast live on March 28th

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Applications to attend the consultative conference have closed. 

Consultation Proposals

Consultation proposals

Read our Consultation proposals for structure and time in the primary curriculum or download the Executive Summary here.

Online Questionnaire

Executive Summary

Have your say on the structure and time allocation in a redeveloped primary school curriculum.

What's the consultation about?

What is the report

What is the consultation about?

Review and Research

Review and research

Review and research informing the proposals

Professor Mark Morgan