More than 3,000 Irish students will be taught how to read, write and speak English in a new GCE curriculum developed by Irish teachers and academics.
The curriculum, which was developed in partnership with the National Institute for Teaching and Leadership (NITLA) and the Irish Government’s Department of Education, is expected to be taught in schools in 2019-2020 and is being introduced at a time when schools are struggling to maintain a level of quality and cohesion across the country.
The new curriculum is a response to the country’s national challenges, including the growing numbers of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in schools and the number of pupils leaving school in their 20s and 30s with no support for their learning.
It is a step forward in the development of the new GCSA (Grammar and spelling Assessment System) in Ireland and aims to provide students with the confidence to succeed in their studies, as well as to develop the skills necessary for success in the labour market and in life.
The Irish Government has invested more than €4.5 million in the NITLA and other institutions to bring the new curriculum to schools across the State.
It will be delivered by Irish language and literacy teacher and writer-in-residence (LIHR) Anabel López-Perez, who will teach the new course in the new year.
The NITKA will provide the curriculum, while the NIST (National Institute for Textile Research and Technology) and NITEL (National Technical Institute of Ireland) will provide expertise on the new teaching standards.
The aim of the GCSE is to make it easier for pupils to achieve their potential in school and in the workplace.
The National Institute of Teaching and Learning, in partnership, has also launched a new school-based assessment system, which is intended to provide a more consistent and consistent approach to the assessment of teachers and to provide more predictability to assessment.
The results of the first phase of the programme will be made available in September 2020.
The school curriculum for the 2019-20 school year will be based on the Irish standard for the assessment, and will be the same as the Irish school standard.
The first phase is a continuation of the previous National Curriculum Programme, and is intended as a stepping stone for the development and implementation of the second phase.
The second phase will be designed to help students and teachers to achieve more in their academic careers, to develop skills that will be vital to their ability to succeed at work and in their lives.
The third phase is to support the development, training and promotion of people with learning disabilities.
The NITL will support the work of teachers to promote the skills and knowledge of learners with learning difficulties.
The fourth and final phase is aimed at developing skills for employers in the field of education and is the focus of the NIIH (National Intellectual and Developmental Health and Education).
The new GCED, which will be implemented by 2021-22, will be a national standard and is a first step towards the national curriculum.
The scheme will provide an integrated approach for teachers to develop and apply knowledge in a way that is appropriate to the needs of students, and to the school curriculum.
It will also provide a model for teachers and learners across the whole of the country to achieve a higher level of proficiency in the subject and to contribute to the economic and social wellbeing of all children.
The GCSE will provide a starting point for future generations and will contribute to our national ambition to build a society in which all children and adults are treated equally and with dignity.
The national GCSE was introduced in 2006 and has since gone on to become one of the most popular and recognised English and maths GCSE subjects in Ireland.