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Education Passport 2016

 In accordance with circular 0056/2011, all schools should use the Education Passport materials ed passport
developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) when sharing information about 6th class children’s learning. Following enrolment of new 1st year students to your school, the first important step of the Education Passport transfer process is for post-primary principals to send an Information Request form to the primary school. This form can be found at

 In preparation for incoming 1st year students to your schools and to ensure a timely transfer of student’s Education Passports it might be helpful to view our new interactive poster outlining the transfer process. This poster can be found at (or see attached). This poster outlines the steps of transfer involved, responsibilities as well as a suggested timeframe. On our website you will also find a guide for interpreting 6th class report cards as well as further support materials and updated FAQs for post-primary schools.


Guidelines for Wellbeing in Junior Cycle May 2016

The draft Guidelines for Wellbeing in Junior Cycle are out for consultation until the end of June.ncca logo
NCCA , through SurveyMonkey, is keen to hear from as many teachers, Principals and Deputy Principals as possible.
It would be much appreciated if you would log onto NCCA website and respond to the survey
click here




The Student Voice

We need to let students speak & we need to listen to them very carefully!

In this edition of Leader we want to celebrate the Student Voice. We want to give a platform to young people and to reflect as many of their talents, their concerns and their needs as we can.

In twenty or so pages we cannot hope to capture the rich diversity of the Student Voice, but we will give it ‘our best shot’.

We’re starting with Dr. Paula Flynn of the School of Education in Trinity College, Dublin. Paula has dedicated her entire study and research to be an advocate of children’s rights. They relate particularly to the rights of young people to be heard and to ‘have their say.’ We have an age-old tradition in education of ‘knowing what’s best for our students’. Now we need to develop a ‘culture of listening.’

The second piece is drawn from the contribution by three members of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union [ISSU] to the recent NAPD Symposium, which was primarily about mental health and wellbeing. The students want to speak and they want to be heard. They have an impressive level of certainty about their needs and their capacity to take responsibility. They were polite; they were articulate, but I think that, as they grow in confidence, their voices will become more urgent and more strident. We cannot afford to ignore them!

Read more: The Student Voice


NAPD represents Principals and Deputy Principals at post-primary level in the Republic of Ireland.

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