Curriculum Monitoring Programme


Curriculum Monitoring Programme

Note: This report was originally intended for release earlier this year, but was postponed due to the global health emergency. We are now making it available online for your information.

In 2018/19, CCEA initiated a curriculum monitoring programme, designed to allow us to hear the views of teachers and other stakeholders about the curriculum.

The purpose of this first stage of the Curriculum Monitoring Programme was to engage with teachers and principals in relation to curriculum, assessment and qualifications and use the responses 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; and
  • awareness/usefulness of CCEA curriculum support materials and areas to prioritise in the future.

Almost 1,000 teachers provided their feedback. Thank you to those who took part in a range of direct feedback, surveys and focus groups.

We hope to be able to undertake the next phase of research in the 2020/21 academic year and that this will incorporate pupil voice. We will also be seeking detailed feedback on specific areas such as progression from Key Stage 3 to 4.

At a Glance (PDF)

Curriculum Monitoring - At a Glance

Curriculum in a nutshell

Watch the below video for a concise overview of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.


For more information on the Curriculum Monitoring programme, contact:

CCEA Research and Statistics Team: [email protected]