Interculturalism in Second-Level Education

Interculturalism Policy

The Department of Education and Skills published its intercultural education strategy, "Intercultural Education Strategy, 2010-2015", in 2010. To view the document click here.

Meeting the Needs of Pupils learning English as an Additional Language (EAL)

Resources for English-as-an-Additional Language are now allocated as part of the new SEN allocation model for schools. See circular letter 0004/17.

Use of Dictionaries in State Examinations

Students whose first language is not English can also use dictionaries in the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations.  This facility does not include examinations in English, Irish, the candidate’s first language or a language closely related to the candidate’s first language. The school makes an application on behalf of the student for this support  to the State Examinations Commission.  It is important to note that the Commission sanctions the use of bi-lingual dictionaries but does not provide the dictionaries.

The English Lanauge Support Programme (ELSP) has produced a number of resources aimed at helping EAL students to access subject areas in the Junior Certificate curriculum. These resources can be downloaded at

NCCA Guidelines on Interculturalism in Schools

The NCCA  issued Guidelines on Inter-Cultural Education in Second Level Schools  in May 2005.  The aim of the Guidelines is to advise teachers on how to promote inter-culturalism across the curriculum and through classroom practice.  The aim of the NCCA guidelines is to enable schools to identify ways in which intercultural education can be integrated into the curriculum and into broader school policy.