The Project Maths curricular development initiative involves the phased development and introduction of new syllabuses in Mathematics for both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate students. In each case, the syllabus has five strands and is being introduced in three phases. Phase 1 involves the introduction of Strands 1 and 2, Phase 2 involves the additional introduction of Strands 3 and 4, and Phase 3 involves the additional introduction of Strand 5. The content of the previous syllabus is phased out as the new material is phased in.
In addition, the various phases have been introduced in an initial group of 24 schools two years ahead of all other schools. The experiences of these schools are helping to inform the finalisation of the syllabus at each phase.
You can find comprehensive information about Project Maths on the website of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), at: www.ncca.ie/projectmaths. The syllabus documents both for the initial schools and for all other schools are available there. Further resources, including teaching and learning resources, are available at the website of the Project Maths Development Team, which is the support service for teachers, at: www.projectmaths.ie.
The schedule of first examination of the various phases is as follows:
Leaving Certificate in the initial schools:
Phase 1: examined in June 2010
Phase 2: examined in June 2011
Phase 3: examined in June 2012
Leaving Certificate in all other schools:
Phase 1: examined in June 2012
Phase 2: examined in June 2013
Phase 3: examined in June 2014
Junior Certificate in the initial schools:
Phase 1: examined in June 2011
Phase 2: examined in June 2012
Phase 3: examined in June 2013
Junior Certificate in all other schools:
Phase 1: examined in June 2013
Phase 2: examined in June 2014
Phase 3: examined in June 2015
Below you will find all of the sample papers that the State Examinations Commission has issued to date in relation to Project Maths. You will also find a report by the SEC on a trialling of a draft version of the Phase 1 sample papers in the initial schools. To access the actual examination papers taken in the initial schools to date, along with the corresponding marking schemes, please go to the Examination Material Archive on this website (see the navigation panel on the left).
S07_13 LC & JC Mathematics Sample Papers 2013 – Clarification and Corrections