Changes ahead for LC physics

Those of us who were at Frontiers last week (about which I'll be writing more -all positive) will have enjoyed the presentation by Dr Gerry Hyde of the SEC about 'what makes a good exam question.' As part of that talk he shared the slide shown here outlining the proposed timeline for introducing new specifications for Leaving Cert Sciences.

The basic plan is

Sept '20 publish specification

Sept '21 5th years begin the new material

June '23 students sit new LC exam.

It's all subject to change of course - and we should remember that proposals to introduce a new syllabus date all the way back to 2006, when some of us were still getting used to the 2002 syllabus. In the meantime a proposed course was published in 2013, which included a proposed practical exam. The 2017 trial run by the SEC ruled that out - in the proposed format at least. But though plans often change, change does usually arrive at some point, and the review group met in Athlone in Septembe, so things are happening.

As part of the process the NCCA are seeking input over the next month and we can contribute in a number of ways:

  • An onine survey

  • Written submissions

  • Public forums in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

If you want to voice an opinion, you should check out the NCCA page here.

The. background paper and research is available here.

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