Being inclusive, and promoting education that is inclusive, is a central part of what the NCCA does. We try to embed a focus on inclusion in everything we do, but this page highlights areas of work where there is a particular focus on ensuring that education is for all learners.
Diversity and Inclusion Article
; info@ncca (January 2008)
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Special educational needs

Our work in this area looks at ways that curriculum and assessment can best meet the needs of students with special educational needs. We have developed a Curriculum Framework for those junior cycle students with special educational needs who might not proceed to Junior Certificate examinations. Find out more
To support the teaching and learning of students with special educational needs guidelines for teachers of students with general learning disabilities and exceptionally able students are available. Find outmore 

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Children in detention and care schools and settings

Recently, we’ve worked with schools and other settings involved in educating learners in detention and those requiring high support and care. Look at the curriculum framework that has been developed for use in these schools and settings. Find out more


Intercultural education

Promoting diversity and challenging racism through the curriculum – guidelines for teachers are available on intercultural education in primary and post-primary schools. Find out more

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English as an additional language

These materials have been prepared for teachers of students in primary schools for whom neither English nor Irish is their first language. Find out more

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Educational disadvantage

The Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) is particularly targeted at junior cycle (lower secondary) students who are identified as being at risk of early school leaving, perhaps without completing the Junior Certificate. A revised programme statement for the Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) is now available. Find out more