INOTE Statement on Deferral of Leaving Certificate English Plans

INOTE welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister for Education to defer a planned move of Leaving Certificate English Paper 1 to the end of fifth year.  Since March 29th 2022, we have campaigned against such a move as it is unsupported by pedagogical evidence and has the potential to curtail students’ development as readers and writers. 


Sincere thanks to all of our members for their feedback and support during this campaign.  We will continue to advocate on their behalf on any future proposals.


INOTE intends to continue engaging with the Department of Education and other stakeholders to ensure that successful reform of Leaving Certificate English is informed by sound pedagogy and the best interests of our students.


February 28th 2023