The primary school curriculum is currently being reviewed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. The IPPEA is engaging in this process to advocate for the importance of physical education within a redeveloped curriculum. We encourage all members and teachers to also engage in this consultation in support of physical education.
In 2017 the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) engaged in a consultation on structure and time for a redeveloped primary curriculum. The IPPEA engaged in this process and formulated a position in relation to the key elements pertaining to physical education. The 2017 summary and full submissions statements are available at the end of this page.
In 2020, based on the results of the initial consultation the NCCA released the Draft Primary Curriculum Framework. The IPPEA were happy to see many of our initial suggestions and recommendations considered, notably a proposed increase in time allocation. The draft primary curriculum framework is currently the subject of another round of consultation. The IPPEA executive committee have collaboratively created a submission in relation to this consultation. The full submission can be accessed via the members area. Click on the link below to read a summary of this submission:
We encourage you to share this position statement with colleagues in your schools and most importantly also use it as a stimulus to make your own submission. This is the first time in almost 20 years that teachers have an opportunity to influence and shape the curriculum we all use on a daily basis. We encourage all members to have their voices heard in support of the value and importance of physical education by making a submission. The more submissions received in support of physical education, the more chance we have of enacting positive change for future.
The consultation process end in December 2020. The time is now. Let us all play our part in re-imagining Irish primary physical education for the better. Have your say now by completing the questionnaire or written submission at https://ncca.ie/en/updates-and-events/consultations/consultation-on-the-draft-primary-curriculum-framework
2017 Document Links