The Primary Language Curriculum is 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 and Elements, and Learning Outcomes. The curriculum for Junior and Senior infants is aligned with the principles and methodologies of Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework (NCCA, 2009).
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is continuing its professional development programme for the Primary Language Curriculum/Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile.
Whole-school professional development for the Primary Language Curriculum will be provided to all special schools by the NCSE during the school year 2019-2020. This will comprise of a full-day seminar for which school closure has been sanctioned. Schools will be contacted in due course with respect to the date of their seminar. There will be a suite of supports available including webinars, leadership seminars, half-day closures and sustained in-school support. A new three year cycle of support from 2019/20 to 2021/22 will commence in September 2019.