Written Answers - School Curriculum

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 759 No. 1

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  193.  Deputy Derek Nolan  Information on Derek Nolan  Zoom on Derek Nolan   asked the Minister for Education and Skills  Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn   the current stage of development by the National Council for Curriculum Assessment of the implementation of Social, Personal and Health Education at senior cycle syllabus level; when he envisages it being implemented as part of the senior cycle curriculum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13783/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn  Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  A curriculum framework for SPHE as a senior cycle subject was submitted by the NCCA to my Department in mid 2008. A copy of the curriculum framework is available on the NCCA Website (www.ncca.ie). However, the Department is not in a position to proceed with its implementation in the current budgetary climate. The priority in this area is to continue to enhance the implementation of SPHE at junior cycle and to ensure that all schools implement the Relationships and Sexuality Education programme which is already required in senior cycle.


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