This is an introductory overview from internationally renowned and critically acclaimed professor Barry McDonald (University of East Anglia). It locates recent curriculum policy developments in their historical context. It examines macro curriculum issues such as curriculum reform, contestation and fragmentation, creating the platform for discussion and new debate on curriculum policy-making and reform. It critically evaluates partnerships between stakeholders involved in the policy making process. Currently it is the only up-to-date publication available on recent Irish curriculum policy. This book considers Irish curriculum from both primary and post-primary perspectives. It is suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate student-teachers and for research and taught postgraduate students and policy makers.