Curriculum Monitoring Programme

Curriculum Monitoring Programme

Curriculum Monitoring Programme

Welcome to CCEA’s Curriculum Monitoring area which includes important updates on our work to keep the curriculum under review, and perspectives from schools and other education partners to help shape our curriculum planning.


The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives.

It should provide learning opportunities for each young person to develop as:

  1. an individual to achieve personal fulfilment and individual well-being through living a successful life,
  2. a contributor to society to be concerned for the wellbeing of others as well as themselves, in their own society and beyond it,
  3. a contributor to the economy and the environment -to appreciate how employment will impact on the economic choices they make and how they, in turn, impact individually and collectively on the environment.

Minimum requirements are set within a curriculum and skills framework. The framework facilitates greater flexibility to customise learning rather than one-size-fits-all.

CCEA has a statutory responsibility to keep all aspects of the curriculum for schools and colleges under review and to advise the Department of Education on matters concerned with the curriculum (Education (NI) Order 1998).

We do this in a range of ways including listening to our schools and education partners and reflecting on research and reports.We also undertake specific curriculum monitoring activities including consultation events, stakeholder meetings, surveys and focus groups. In 2018/19 we implemented the first stage of our refreshed Curriculum Monitoring Programme.

Curriculum Symposium January 2022

Curriculum Symposium January 2022

More than 160 attendees from across the region’s educational landscape came together at CCEA’s Curriculum Symposium 2022 Taking Stock of the Curriculum and Staying Ahead to focus on the Northern Ireland skills-based curriculum.

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Curriculum Monitoring Programme Report 2018/19

In 2018/19, CCEA initiated an enhanced Curriculum Monitoring Programme, with the primary aim to gather views and experiences of teachers and other stakeholders on the curriculum, assessment and qualifications to inform CCEA’s future planning and support.

We sought views on:

  • the implementation of the curriculum – the benefits and challenges
  • progression and continuity across key stage transitions
  • the effectiveness and relevance of the Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills & Personal Capabilities
  • assessing progress
  • awareness/usefulness of CCEA curriculum support materials and areas to prioritise in the future

Almost 1,000 teachers provided views via questionnaires direct feedback and focus groups.


For more information on the Curriculum Monitoring programme, contact:

CCEA Research and Statistics Team: [email protected]