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Post Date: 14 February 2020

Update for Spring 2020

JCT Leadership Spring 2020 Seminars – Leading a student-centred approach to assessment


19th March – 13th May 2020


The Junior Cycle for Teachers Spring 2020 Leadership seminars entitled ‘Leading a student-centred approach to assessment’ will begin taking place nationwide on the 19th March. Forty-six seminars will be delivered in education centres around the country from that date until the 13th May. Four of those seminars will be Leagan Gaeilge and will take place in Cork, Galway and Dublin-West and Donegal Education centres.


This support for school leaders has been designed in response to feedback gathered from our last seminar on ‘leadership and management of the wellbeing programme in the junior cycle curriculum’. Feedback gathered on those days, and through discussion with various school leaders working on the ground in schools, has focused the leadership team to develop this day which specifically looks at supporting a student-centred approach to assessment in schools.


The Framework for Junior Cycle tells us that 'The most significant change in the new junior cycle is in the area of assessment.' (Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, p.36).


The aim of these leadership seminars is to support school leaders to lead assessment effectively in their school considering the changing landscapes that they and their teachers and students are experiencing. The seminar builds on, and deepens, many of the concepts around assessment that have previously been explored with school leaders in their CPD. This seminar now looks closely at how this in-depth knowledge can be embedded in leading effective subject department planning for teaching, learning and assessment at junior cycle in your school.


      The seminar aims to:

       - Deepen your understanding of assessment changes at junior cycle

       - Explore a variety of assessment approaches, including the final examination

       - Support you in leading effective subject department planning in your school

       - Explore different ways to promote an assessment culture in your school


Please confirm your attendance on www.jctregistration.ie  by Friday 13th March 2020


If you have any queries or concerns regarding school leadership and the Junior Cycle please contact the leadership team at  Fiona.obrien@jct.ie and Helen.Costello@jct.ie