Key Stage 3

Age 11–14

At Key Stage 3 (post-primary Years 8, 9 and 10), the curriculum builds on the learning experiences that pupils bring from primary school. Pupils now attend classes in different subjects, and teachers typically teach specific subjects to pupils across the different Years.


Curriculum at Key Stage 3

The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The learning opportunities provided should help young people to develop as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.

The statutory curriculum at Key Stage 3 is set out under the following Areas of Learning and Whole Curriculum Skills and Capabilities.

The Development Pathway

Latest News

Education Minister Launches New Resources to CCEAs ‘Northern Ireland @ 100’ Learning Hub

Published: 26/11/2021, 10:55am

On Thursday 25 November 2021 Education Minister Michelle McIveen launched a series of learning resources as part of the Department of Education’s (DE) NI100 Education Programme.

Period Dignity Pilot Scheme Launch

Published: 22/09/2021, 11:20am

The Education Minister, Michelle McIlveen, has launched a Period Dignity Pilot Scheme in collaboration with CCEA and the Education Authority.

CCEA Survey provides foundation for Period Dignity and Menstrual Wellbeing Support for NI Schools Project

Published: 30/07/2021, 2:05pm

Last month the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) launched an initial set of surveys to find out more about the extent of period poverty within schools throughout Northern Ireland.