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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 comprehensive review of RSE by former Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD. There are three components; Drawing on Research, Consulting with Key Leaders, and Consulting with Schools. This review spans both primary and post-primary school.


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.’

Thank you to all organisations, groups, and individuals who made written submissions and responded to online surveys. This phase of consultation is complete. A second phase of consultation is planned, and details will follow shortly. 


  • RSE Review Components


    • Drawing on Research There has been a growing body of research in the area of Relationships and Sexuality Education in the last decade. The NCCA’s review of research will examine the experience of RSE from primary up to post-primary. In line with the Minister’s request, a number of specific areas are included for particular attention in the review of the research.
    • Consulting with Key Leaders The NCCA is consulting with government agencies, non-governmental organisations, and support services who have responsibility for and significant experience in the area of RSE.
    • Consulting with Schools The NCCA is working with schools from across the primary and post-primary sectors.  This important step in gathering experiences of RSE in the classroom will help identify needs and future directions.  This involves consulting with teachers, principals, students, and parents.