Cyber Resilience Education in Primary and Post-Primary Schools

Welcome to Here you will find information and resources on the Junior Cycle Cyber Security Short Course.

Sample Units of Learning

Browse a selection of interactive sample lesson ideas, resources and assessments.

Specification/Important Documents

Learn more about the specification for the Cyber Security Short Course.

Partner Schools

Explore the schools who are involved with the Junior Cycle Cyber Security Short Course.
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About the course

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), is the lead Government Department for cyber security in the State. The Department oversees the implementation of the National Cyber Security Strategy 2019-2024. A key theme of the Strategy is about developing the capacity of the State, research institutions, businesses, the public sector and of the people to both better understand and manage the nature of the challenges we face in this space. ln particular, measures 12 and 13 of the Strategy include actions on developing cyber security education and promoting female participation in cybersecurity.

Funded by the DECC, a team of teacher educators and researchers from the School of Education and School of Computer Science in UCD are working in collaboration with a steering group comprising members of the National Centre for Cyber Security (NCSC), the Computers in Education Society of Ireland (CESI), the NCCA and Cyber Ireland to design and implement a Junior Cycle short course on cyber security. The first phase of this project is to road test elements of the draft specification with a purposive sample of post-primary schools in Ireland.



Browse a selection of interactive sample lesson ideas, resources and assessments.


What is social engineering?

CNN tech reporter Donie O’Sullivan thought he was being safe on social media. Watch social engineer & SocialProof Security CEO Rachel Tobac prove him very, very wrong.

How do companies collect and use data about you legally without your consent?

In this lesson, Ann O’Brien raises a number of important questions about our personal data.

Keeping Data Safe

In this six lesson series, students will learn about the importance of  keeping their data private.  “If the product is free you are the product”.


Jan. 2021

The big picture

Big picture overview & 2 strands fleshed out for working group review

Jan. 2021

Jan. 2021

Pilot implementation

Schools timetable for pilot implementation from Sept 2021

Jan. 2021

June 2021

Working group review

Full strands ready for working group review

June 2021

Sep. 2021

School pilots

Pilot of full course in selected schools and ongoing review

Sep. 2021

May–June 2022


Review and report

May–June 2022

Sep. 2022

Course Launch

Launch of Junior Cycle Short Course

Sep. 2022

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