Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (346)

Charlie McConalogue


346. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress that has been made to introduce part-immersion education in the Irish language in schools where Irish is not the language of instruction, as recommended in the 20-year strategy for the Irish language for 2010-30; if there is a pilot scheme in place; if not, when he will establish same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32063/13]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

To date, my Department has focused on the implementation of educational actions in the 20 Year Strategy that relate to curriculum, assessment and teacher education. For example, the NCCA is currently developing a new integrated language curriculum for English and Irish at primary level which will be available for infants to second class in 2014. Consideration of partial immersion in schools where English is the medium of instruction will take place in light of the progress made in relation to curriculum and teacher education measures. There are currently no plans to carry out a pilot of partial immersion education in these schools.