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 2020/21.
In accordance with the DES Roadmap for a Full Return to School (2020) and the DES Returning to School: Curriculum Guidance for Primary School Leaders and Teachers (2020), Phase 1 of the sustained in-school support model for special schools, provided by the NCSE, will recommence in January 2021. There will be a maximum of three half-day school closures for the first cohort of schools involved in the sustained in-school support model over Term 2 and 3, i.e., the three-year period of sustained support will restart in January 2021 for the first cohort of schools (DES Returning to School: Curriculum Guidance for School Leaders and Teachers, 2020, p.32).
Please Note: The application process for special schools to avail of PLC sustained in-school support in Phase 1 is temporarily closed. The application process to avail of sustained in-school support in Phase 2, commencing in September 2021, will re-open later this school year.
Useful Links and Support Materials for Special Schools and Classes