The Primary Curriculum Framework forms the basis for high-quality learning, teaching, and assessment for all children attending primary and special schools. It reflects our shared understanding of, and trust in, the many positive features of education in our primary and special schools while providing the blueprint for guiding the enhancement of primary and special education for the coming years.

The framework:

  • builds on the successes and strengths of previous curricula while recognising and responding to challenges, changing needs, and priorities
  • provides agency and flexibility in schools
  • makes connections with what and how children learn in preschool, primary, special, and post-primary schools
  • identifies and responds to emerging priorities for children’s learning
  • changes how the curriculum is structured and presented
  • supports a variety of pedagogical approaches and strategies with assessment central to learning and teaching.


As developments progress, new curriculum specifications will be developed for the five curriculum areas and their associated subjects, and toolkits will be provided to support learning, teaching, and assessment.

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