Policy Forum for Ireland

Next steps for post-primary curriculum reform - supporting students, promoting collaboration, and lessons going forward

December 2018

This timely seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders to examine the priorities for post-primary curriculum reform in Ireland.

It will be an opportunity to discuss the next steps for curriculum and assessment reform in the Senior Cycle - focusing on what more might be done to encourage collaboration between schools and businesses, to ensure that pupils have the necessary skills for the current labour market, as set out in the Government’s Action Plan for Education.

The seminar follows the publication of the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan, which sets out measures to enhance Ireland’s position as a European leader in embedding digital technology in teaching, learning and assessment by 2026, and the subsequent announcement of €420 million for its implementation as part of Project Ireland 2040.

Delegates will discuss the recently announced €450,000 in grants to 104 post-primary schools for the introduction of Computer Science and Physical Education as Leaving Certificate subjects from September 2018 and best practice for the rollout of other new subjects.

Attendees will also consider the possible lessons that might be learnt from the delivery of Junior Certificate curriculum reform thus far, looking at buy-in, assessment and preparing students for progression.

Further sessions will assess the Government’s Action Plan for enhancing the learning experience and success of secondary school students - as well as further action that might be taken to build on reforms which have taken place at both Junior and Senior Cycle - and best practice of reform that can be learnt from other jurisdictions.

Price: €125 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Ireland seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates