Ballymore National School, Dunfanaghy, is one of forty from across the country involved in plans to review and update the primary school curriculum.
Over the past two years, as a member of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Schools Forum, staff members have been attending workshops to plan the next phase.
Considering the last curriculum review took place 22 years ago, Principal Cáit Ní Chuireáin says the proposed changes are welcome and necessary.
She has urged parents and the wider community to get involved and have their say while the curriculum plans are being devised and developed.
“The proposed changes aim to enhance children’s learning in school and provide for even more relevant and meaningful learning,” Ms Ní Chuireáin said.
“The development of a new primary school curriculum impacts everyone – children, parents, grandparents and teachers. It also has wider implications for society as the knowledge, skills, abilities and dispositions that children develop in primary school ultimately shape the kind of citizens they will become, and how they will interact and contribute to society in the future.”
She continued: “Given the changes in society and advances in technology over the past two decades, the importance for people to know about the consultation and to get involved cannot be overstated. The window for consultation is open until the end of February 2022 and I encourage everyone to engage in the consultative process.”
The proposal can be viewed at https://ncca.ie/media/4456/ncca-primary-curriculum-framework-2020.pdf.
Anyone interested in making a contribution to the proposed changes to the curriculum can do so, before the end of February.
Just go to www.ncca.ie and clicking ‘Have your Say’ on the top banner.