Primary Language Curriculum


Primary Language Curriculum

The Primary Language Curriculum is designed for teachers of primary school children from Stages 1 – 4 (Junior Infants – Sixth Class) in all school contexts, including English-medium schools, Gaeltacht schools, Irish-medium schools and special schools. The Primary Language Curriculum presents the intended learning and development for all children by providing the Rationale, Aims, Strands, Elements and Learning Outcomes. 

The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is continuing its professional development programme for the Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile for 2021/22.

In accordance with the Department of Education communication issued to all primary and special schools on 12th April 2021, the NCSE re-commences the provision of PLC Sustained Support for special schools from September 2021. An NCSE Primary Curriculum Advisor will be in contact with schools accepted for this Phase. The application process for special schools to avail of PLC Sustained Support in 2022/23 will re-open in Term 3 of this academic year. 

Please Note: Preparation for Teaching and Learning – Guidance for All Primary and Special Schools was launched on the 27th April 2021. This interagency Guidance was developed by the Department of Education, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). A copy of the Guidance is included below, in addition to a link to the preparation section of the NCCA website.

Useful Links and Support Materials for Special Schools and Classes