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

Junior Cycle English Review

An interim review of the Junior Cycle English specification and related assessments

As each subject in the new Junior Cycle is completed by one full cohort of students, an interim review of the subject specification and related assessments will be carried out by the NCCA. 
In order to gain an insight into the experience of enacting the new Junior Cycle in schools, commencing with a focus on Junior Cycle English, we are inviting feedback from teachers, students, parents and others (e.g. subject associations, initial teacher educators) on the specification for Junior Cycle English. Four broad questions are shaping this review:

  • Does the specification get to the heart of what we value about English as a subject?
  • Does it support the learning aspired to within the Framework for Junior Cycle?
  • How well are assessment and reporting capturing this broader picture of student learning?
  • What opportunities – and challenges – are schools/teachers/students experiencing as the specification is enacted in practice?

If you wish to provide feedback on Junior Cycle English, please click here for a template with relevant discussion prompts and return your written feedback by email to by Friday, 26th January.