The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) advises the Minister for Education and Skills on curriculum and assessment for early childhood education, primary and post-primary schools.

As part of this work, the Council is currently working with network of schools to review and redevelop the primary school curriculum. Powerstown Educate Together National School is part of this network.

This participation provides an important opportunity for the Powerstown ETNS school community to contribute to what it thinks a new primary curriculum should do for children and their families in the years ahead.

This October the NCCA is hoping meet with parents of current and future children in Powerstown ETNS to learn about their views and opinions on what they would like children to learn about and experience in primary school.

This informal meeting with parents will be facilitated by NCCA and will take no longer than one hour. There will be a written record of the meeting so that an accurate account of people’s contributions is taken. The information gathered will be anonymous and no individual parent or school would be identifiable.

Parents attending the meeting will be asked to sign a consent form before the meeting begins. A suitable date and time for the meeting can be decided in consultation with the school principal, parents/guardians and the NCCA.


The following questions will be used to guide the discussion.

1. What would you like to see children learning in school?
a. What skills would you like children to develop which would benefit them now and into
the future?
2. How would you like to see children learning? (How do you think children learn best?)
3. What skills would you like children to develop which would be of benefit to them now and into
the future?
4. Are there particular curriculum areas / subjects that are especially important for children in
the primary school years?
5. Are there particular curriculum areas / subjects that are no longer as important for children as
they may have been?
6. Is there anything that you would like to see introduced into the curriculum that is not already
7. Is there anything else that you would like to say about what children learn in school?

Powerstown ETNS have sent out a poll via the school app to gather interest in attending this consultation meeting.

Hopefully, there is enough interest for the meeting to proceed in October.



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