Policy Forum for Ireland

Next steps for the school curriculum - supporting student experience and success, learning from best practice and further options for reform

Morning, Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Central Dublin


The seminar follows the publication of the 2018 Digital Strategy Action Plan, which sets out measures to enhance Ireland’s position as a European leader of embedding digital technology in teaching, learning and assessment by 2026, including the phased introduction of Computer Science as a Leaving Certificate subject from September 2018.

Delegates will also discuss the possible lessons that can be learnt from the delivery of Junior Certificate curriculum reform thus far, looking at buy-in, assessment and preparing students for progression - as well as assessing the priorities for school inspection in evaluating and supporting secondary schools.

Planned sessions will assess the Government’s plan for enhancing the learning experience and success of secondary school students - as well as further action that might be taken to build on reforms which have taken place at both Junior and Senior Cycle.


Guest of Honour

John Hammond

Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Guest of Honour

John Hammond

Chief Executive Officer, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment


Fiona O’Loughlin TD

Chair, Joint Committee on Education and Skills

Senator Maria Byrne

Seanad Fine Gael Spokesperson on Education & Skills, Houses of the Oireachtas


Margaret McDonnell

Honorary National President, Business Studies Teachers’ Association of Ireland

Professor Chris Morash

Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Trinity College Dublin

Breda Lynch

Incoming President, ASTI

Colm O’Connor

Principal, Cork Educate Together

Tony Donohoe

Head of Education and Social Policy, Ibec

Clive Byrne

Director, National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals

Professor Kathy Hall

Head, School of Education, University College Cork

Aidan Farrell

Chief Executive Officer, State Examinations Commission