Press Releases

 

March 28th 2017

On Tuesday 28th March 2017, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) welcomes 250 teachers, principals and other education partners to a consultative conference in Dublin Castle. Part of the ongoing consultation on the shape and direction of a redeveloped primary school curriculum, the event is designed to engage delegates in discussion and debate on the curriculum for this critical phase in children’s education. This consultation is the first time, in almost twenty years, that those working in primary education have had an opportunity to consider the structure of the curriculum, what it is comprised of and how time is organised across it.

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February 14th 2017

A Consultation Report on the proposals for a primary curriculum in Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics was published today by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). The consultation received the highest response rate recorded by the NCCA and the report shows significant support for the types of teaching and learning outlined by the proposals. The report along with supporting documentation is available to download at www.ncca.ie/consultation/erbe.

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October 24th 2016

Professor Andy Hargreaves, a world renowned expert in educational change and leadership, visits Ireland this week to meet with teachers, stakeholder organisations, curriculum designers and policy makers. The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) is delighted to host Professor Andy Hargreaves, Thomas More Brennan Chair at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College. In partnership with the Department of Education and Skills (DES), the Teaching Council of Ireland and other education partners, NCCA will facilitate a series of events under the theme Leadership for Learning. Teachers, education organisations, curriculum designers and policy makers attending these events will get the chance to meet and engage with Professor Hargreaves.

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August 19th 2016

New video ‘Orla’ to promote changes to junior cycle released in cinemas
The new short animated film, entitled ‘Orla’ is being rolled out in cinemas across Ireland today. The film charts Orla’s story as she learns in the new junior cycle and outlines why the changes are being introduced and the benefits these will bring.
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May 11th 2013

Research Alive - Teachers and Educational Research
Research Alive, a collaboration between the Centre for Effective Services (CES), the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) and the Teaching Council, holds a one-day conference for teachers, researchers and policymakers on teachers and educational research in Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin. In a survey earlier this year, more than 4,000 teachers showed a real appetite to engage with the issue of how to use findings from research to help shape their practice.
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November 29th 2012
Member of Advisory Board to Barack Obama Advises Irish Educators on Teaching Mathematics.

Professor Deborah Ball, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, visits Ireland this week to meet with curriculum designers, teacher educators, policymakers and teachers about improving teacher education and mathematics education in this country. The visit comes just two weeks after President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Professor Ball to the National Science Board in the United States.
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Project Maths Research and Evaluation
Prof. Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan will launch three research reports about Project Maths in the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin at the end of a conference on teaching, learning and mathematics to be held at the Institute tomorrow. This is the first set of research reports published about Project Maths, the ambitious reform of curriculum, assessment and teaching and learning in post-primary mathematics currently underway.
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November 3rd 2011
Minister Quinn backs National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) proposals for junior cycle reform

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today officially launched proposals which will see radical changes in the way Junior Cycle students are taught and assessed in second level schools.
The NCCA proposals will address the problems of rote learning and curriculum overload while providing for greater creativity and innovation.
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April 21st 2010
Tánaiste launches consultation process on reform of junior cycle

The Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills, Ms. Mary Coughlan, T.D., today (Wednesday, 21 April 2010) launched a consultation process on reform of the junior cycle in second level schools. The consultation is being undertaken by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (“NCCA”).  The public consultation was launched at conference hosted by the Tánaiste, organised by the Council, and attended by teaching, school management, parent, higher education, media and industry representatives.
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October 22nd 2009
Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework is launched on October 22nd

Today the NCCA launches Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework.This new framework is for all children from birth to six years. It is the outcome of extensive research, consultation, planning, and development by the NCCA in partnership with the early childhood sector. Children as young as nine months contributed to Aistear as part of an NCCA enquiry into their experiences of learning and developing in various early childhood settings in Ireland. 
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September 9th 2009:
Minister joins in birthday celebration for the Primary School Curriculum

The Primary School Curriculum is ten years old today. To mark the occasion, the NCCA has collected photographs and stories from schools across the country that show and tell how teachers and children are bringing the curriculum to life, even in challenging times.
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April 24th 2009:To mark the 10th anniversary of the Primary School Curriculum (1999), the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has launched a project called ‘Get Snapping!’
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December 4th 2008:
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment: Launch of Well-being and Post-Primary Schooling: A review ofliterature andresearch


October 10th 2008:
Minister launches Project Maths in Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk


September 26th 2008:
NCCA Statement in response to developments at the Centre for Early Childhood Development and Education


October 11th 2007:
North and South collaboration is good news for exceptionally able students.


November 22nd 2006:
Language and Literacy in Irish-medium primary schools –end of consultation process.


April 21st 2006:
NCCA DVD for parents to be presented to the National Parents Council at their Annual Conference


March 30th 2006:
Minister announces appointments to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
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March 9th 2006: Hanafin launches DVD to give parents more information


November 7th 2005: NCCA launches Everybody Counts- a consultation on mathematics in post-primary education (Pdf 20kb)


October 6th 2005: NCCA launches new teacher bulletin, website and Annual Report 2004  (Pdf 96kb)


April 15th 2005Curriculum Councils discuss areas of mutualinterest  (Pdf 14kb)