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

Introduction to Senior Cycle Review

Senior Cycle Review

The review of senior cycle offers an opportunity to explore the learning experiences of senior cycle students and generate a shared vision for senior cycle and a strong base from which to shape a curriculum that genuinely meets the needs of all learners for years to come.

To date, the senior cycle review involved two phases: scoping; and school review followed by national seminars.

Phase 1: scoping (2016-2017), identified key themes for exploration and established the process for conducting the review. Phase 2: school-based review and national seminars (2018-2019), provided the opportunity to work with 41 schools nationwide to gather, analyse and discuss teacher, student and parent perspectives on senior cycle education. The school review took place over two cycles. Cycle one focused on the purpose of senior cycle education. Cycle two focused on pathways, programmes and flexibility. The feedback from schools in each cycle was analysed by the ESRI and presented at National Seminars for further discussion with a broader range of stakeholders. You can access a summary of the rich tapestry of thoughts and ideas which emerged from cycle 1 here, and we also invite you to read the ESRI’s full report on cycle one. A NCCA bulletin and an ESRI report on their analysis of cycle two will be published soon.

All this material will be reported in The Collaborative Review of Senior Cycle Education: report for consultation. The report will also identify a number of areas for consultation in the next phase of the review which will commence after NCCA Council has discussed, deliberated and approved the report for public consultation in May/June 2019.

Keep up to date with consultation events and discussions and become involved in the conversation about senior cycle by following @NCCAie on twitter and www.ncca.ie/seniorcycle.