120. (re)Introduce MFL into primary schools

The Modern foreign languages scheme was cut during the recession. It wasn’t well resourced in the first place but given that it’s never been more important for us to communicate in a widely used European language since Brexit, it’s imperative that it’s brought back and better resourced. However, something may have to give. What subject … Read more

072. Outsource Physical Education

Quick! There’s a problem in society. Better ask schools to fix it and squeeze it into their day. Sounds familiar? Whatever the problem, it seems it’s a school’s responsibility to fix it. It doesn’t really matter that we aren’t qualified dieticians, sport coaches, counsellors, driving instructors, and so on, it seems we need to be … Read more

050. Scrap drama

There are 11 discrete subjects in the primary curriculum and we have 25 hours per week to teach them all. It’s nowhere near enough to teach most of the subjects properly so there’s pressure to try and find ways to reduce the overloaded curriculum to make it easier for teachers to teach the full curriculum. … Read more

056. Try to become paper-free in terms of content

While a tad aspirational, it would be great to see how much paper-based content a school really needs. Obviously, subjects like Visual Arts couldn’t happen without paper but almost every other subject could limit itself a lot, certainly in terms of curriculum content. Is there really any need for textbooks at all when we can … Read more

022. Change the Curriculum Structure

The Irish Primary Curriculum is a beast with way too many subjects and far too little time to cover them all adequately. There are constant demands mainly made by outside agencies to slot in more and more into the finite space of time. A good example of this is SPHE, which gets 30 minutes per … Read more

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