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:
The Senior Cycle Consultation document outlines the emerging areas for further consideration in senior cycle.
The senior cycle review entered phase three, public consultation in July. There were several ways to participate in the consultation:
- Via the online survey
- By attending one of the regional focus groups.
- Or by making a written submission
The deadline for completing the survey or submitting an email submission is November 1st 2019.
This consultation is now closed.
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.
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:
The summary of discussions at the national seminars can be found here.
Focus groups were held around the country to discuss the themes emerging from the review. The focus groups were open to all. The focus groups were held in the following locations:
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