Politics and Society



Documents providing guidance and information for Leaving Certificate 2021/2022 were recently published by the Department of Education. These documents outline very important information in relation to mediating curriculum and changes to assessment for 2021/2022. The documents offer key information relating to assessment arrangements, final examinations and much more.  Full details can be found at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/7f42a-assessment-arrangements-for-junior-and-leaving-certificate-2022/

Further adjustments were announced for the Leaving Certificate 2022 written examinations on the 8th February 2022. Full details can be found at https://www.examinations.ie/misc-doc/EN-EX-22888090.pdf








Welcome to the Senior Cycle Politics and Society page.


Politics and Society aims to develop the learner’s capacity to engage in reflective and active citizenship, informed by the insights and skills of social and political sciences.


The changing local, national and global environment presents many challenges and opportunities for young people. It also requires of them a range of skills, knowledge, values and attitudes so that they can achieve their goals in this environment. (Politics and Society Specification)


Senior Cycle Politics and Society was launched, beginning with 41 schools in September 2016. The first cohort of students sat their leaving certificate exam in June of 2018. Politics and Society is now offered in well over one hundred schools nationally, and is being taken up by new schools every year.


Politics and Society is intended to form part of the 2016 legacy, helping students to deepen their understanding of political and social issues, and helping the nation to develop a new generation of leadership across society.  Politics and Society became an option in all post-primary schools in 2018, coinciding with the centenary of Irish women getting the vote for the first time.


Further details relating to Politics and Society on the NCCA website are available via this link.





Watch the following video


Reflections on the introduction of Politics and Society as a new Senior Cycle subject



The following video features reflections of Politics and Society teachers as they recount their experience of the subject to date. The video captures insightful testimony of their journey since first engaging with the specification, how their practice has developed and changed, what it has meant for their students and the lessons learned along the way.  

This video is particularly useful to teachers and school leaders, who are interested in offering Politics and Society in their schools and want to learn more about the subject and the impact of it.

The team have also created a Reflection Booklet to accompany the video. The video, and a reflection booklet to accompany it, is also available on Scoilnet.ie and on the PDST website - Politics and Society CPD Resources section.




All schools can apply for Politics and Society school based support. Follow this link to our online school based support application form





To register your details with the PDST for Politics and Society updates (for example: latest news, events and information) please complete this Form.


To unsubscribe at any time, please contact politicsandsociety@pdst.ie 





Karen O’Loughlin is the Administrator for Politics and Society and is  based in Clare Education Centre, Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis, Co. Clare. The e-mail address for Politics and Society is politicsandsociety@pdst.ie