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New Primary Curriculum framework expected

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 06/03/2023. New Primary Curriculum framework expectedTags: Education And Politics Parenting Teachers

The Irish Times is reporting this morning that a framework for a new primary curriculum is expected to be published soon. This will be the first major propoosed changs to the curriculum in twenty five years.

According to the Irish Times, the following are some of the changes being proposed:

  • Foreign Languages - from 3rd class, students will have 1 hour a week to learn a language other than Irish or English.

  • STEM - the amount of time dedicated to science, technology, engineering and maths will grow from 3 hours in junior/senior infancts to 4 hours a week for 3rd class and upwards

  • Wellbeing - 2.5 hours in junior/senior infancts and up to 3 hours from first class upwards will be set aside for wellbeing. It will include an emphasis on arts and “social and environmental education”.

  • Religion - will be supported by a new curriculum on 'religion, ethical and multi-belief education' and the length of time spent on teaching religion will be reduced by a half hour weekly

  • Flexible Time - Schools will have more flexibility to focu on priority areas which meet the needs of the students. This flexible time will range from five hours in junior/senior infants to six hours in first/second class and seven hours from third class upwards.

    Read the full Irish Times article along with weekly time allocations for subjects here


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