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An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Measúnachta
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment


The second phase of the review was undertaken by 41 schools around the country over 2018/2019 and the results of these discussions, along with the national seminars, national and international research form the basis of the interim report on senior cycle review. The emerging themes and the areas for further consideration are outlined in the consultation document for the senior cycle review.


The NCCA started a review of senior cycle education in late 2016. First, we looked at senior cycle / upper secondary education across nine jurisdictions internationally. Next, teachers, students and parents across 41 schools worked with the NCCA during the school year 2018/2019 to identify key strengths in senior cycle and areas where senior cycle could develop further. 

The Interim Report on the review brings together the discussions held during the review in schools, at the national seminars and the national and international research on senior cycle. This document can be accessed below:

Interim report on Senior Cycle Review

The Senior Cycle Consultation document outlines the emerging areas for further consideration in senior cycle. 

Senior Cycle Review Consultation document

The senior cycle review is entering phase three, public consultation. Having read these reports, the NCCA would like you to consider the areas for further development and have your say. There are several ways to participate in the consultation:

- Via the online survey here

- Attend one of the regional focus groups. Register for the focus groups here.

Make a written submission to

The NCCA welcomes submissions from all interested parties. The deadline for completing the survey or submitting an email submission is November 1st 2019.

After this phase is complete, priority areas, longer-term goals and a proposed timeline and advice on the pace and scale for developments in senior cycle will be generated in the form of an advisory report, which will issue to the Minister for Education and Skills for consideration.

The NCCA wishes to thank all of those who have contributed to the review to date.

The following bulletins were issued to all schools after each cycle of the school-based review.

Bulletin three

Bulletin two

Bulletin one

In addition, the ESRI analysed the feedback from schools over the two cycles of the review in 2018/2019. The reports on these cycles can be found below:

ESRI report on cycle one

ESRI report on cycle two

The summary of discussions at the national seminars can be found here.

The report into Upper Secondary Education in Nine Jurisdictions can be found here.


Focus groups will be held around the country to discuss the themes emerging from the review. The focus groups are open to all and teachers, school leaders, third level lecturers, parents, students, etc. are all welcome to attend. Focus groups will run from 5.00-7.00 unless otherwise stated.

The focus groups will be held in the following locations:

  • DCU, St Patrick's Campus, September 10th (Completed)
  • Donegal Education Centre, September 16th (Completed)
  • Carrick-on-Shannon Education centre, September 17th (Completed)
  • Thurles, Anner Hotel, Monday, September 23rd (2 events)
  • Dublin West Education Centre, Tuesday, October 1st, 4.30-6.30
  • Ionad Mhuinteoiri Chonamara/Galway, Thursday, October 3rd
  • Cork Education Centre, Monday, October 7th
  • Tralee Education Centre, Tuesday, October 8th
  • Blackrock Education Centre, Thursday, October 10th
  • Laois Education Centre, Tuesday, October 22nd

It would be very useful to have read the Consultation document before attending the focus group, as this will be the focus of the discussions.

Please register for the focus groups here.