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

Review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)

The NCCA have been asked to undertake a major review of RSE by former Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD.

The review of Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) took place between June 2018 and March 2019. It was successful in gathering the views of a wide range of stakeholders, demonstrating the level of interest in this aspect of education. We are now engaging in consultation to ensure the findings and related draft advice is reflective of the needs of students, schools and parents. 

The NCCA would like you to consider the findings and the draft advice contained in the draft Report and to submit your views. 

You can find the draft Report here.
You can find the summary of the draft Report here. 

Please submit your views via the online survey here.
Or make a written submission using this template and emailing your response to RSEreview@ncca.ie.

The deadline for completing the survey or emailing a written submission is Friday 25th October 2019. After this phase of consultation is complete, a final report containing the advice for future directions will be completed and issued to the Minister for Education and Skills.

The NCCA wishes to thank the organisations, individuals and schools who have participated in the review to date. 

 

Written submissions are an important part of the NCCA’s consultation process. During the consultation 65 written submissions were received, 57 of which are available for publication.

You can find the written submissions here.

The NCCA conducted focus group meetings with primary and post primary students across 23 schools. Their views are contained in the draft Report, in chapter 2, p. 14-25.
In addition, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) organised a one-day consultation event with 77 representatives from Comhairlí na nÓg.

You can find a short report available here.

To support participants who wish to contribute to the review, a research paper has been developed by Prof. Mark Morgan, Dr Seline Keating and Dr Bernie Collins, Dublin City University. The paper provides a historical context for the review, an overview of contemporary approaches to RSE, as well as insights into the experience of teachers, parents and of course students.

The paper can be downloaded here: Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in Primary and Post-Primary Irish Schools - A Research Paper.