Frequently Asked Questions

The answers given here are accurate at the time of going online and should be used as a guideline only.

The FAQs have been translated into 5 languages, French, Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Urdu. This project is co-financed by the European Commission, the Department of Education and Science and is supported by the Office of the Minister for Integration and Pobal.

Please contact the Information/Helpline at 01 8874477 email: for more specific information.

Some of the following Questions and Answers have been taken from the following:

The Department of Education and Science (DES) website

The DES Governance Manual for Primary Schools

DES circulars (the means by which up to date information is sent to schools)

The Catholic Primary School Management (CPSMA) Board Members Handbook

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) website

The NCCA publication Primary School Curriculum - Introduction