Post Date: 16 October 2020
The NCCA have amended the Classroom-Based Assessment 1 for the 2020-21 school year (2nd year students).
This amendment to the CBA1 format, for the current Second Year Students, is a proactive response to the challenges faced by teachers in completing the group aspect of CBA given the current covid-19 related circumstances.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Second Year Students will instead complete an individually assessed CBA1. This CBA1 will be completed over three weeks on an individual basis with each student producing an individual report.
The window for completion of CBA1 remains unchanged. Current Second Year Students may engage in the amended CBA1 from Monday 2nd November 2020 and the latest date for completion of CBA1 is Friday 14th May 2021.
Full details of the amendments and accompanying support documentation are available by clicking the following links:
CBA1 (2020/21) Summary of Amendments Document
Guidelines for Classroom-Based Assessment 1 Business in Action for the school year (2020-2021 (2nd Year Students)
Business Studies CBA1 Webinar
The JCT Business Studies team are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a "JC Business Studies: Amended CBA1 for 2020-2021" webinar on Monday 19th October from 3pm-4pm. This webinar will consider the amended CBA1 for current Second Year Students.
If you would like to participate in this webinar then please CLICK HERE.
Afterwards, a recording of the full webinar will be available to view here: https://www.jct.ie/business_studies/classroom_based_assessments
The JCT Business Studies Team
Post Date: 07 October 2020
"Taking Care of Business” Online Teach-Meet
We are delighted to announce that the JCT Business Studies Associate Team will be hosting a live Zoom Teach-Meet event on Thursday 15th October 2020 from 7pm to 8:15pm. This event will comprise of a series of breakout rooms and attendance will be strictly via pre-registration only. The closing date for registering for this event is 5pm on Thursday 8th October 2020. We are limiting the numbers to a maximum of 150 teachers. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. In the event that the Teach-Meet is oversubscribed, we will create a waiting list.
Festival of Learning “Open for Business” Online Discussion Forum
We are delighted to announce that the JCT Business Studies Team will be hosting a live interactive online discussion forum on Tuesday 20th October from 5pm to 6:15pm. On the agenda for discussion and conversation are items such as the NCCA Junior Cycle Business Studies: Early Enactment Report, the SEC Chief Examiner’s Report on the JC Business Studies Examination, New JCT Business Studies resources, focus on CBA1 in the current Covid-19 context and an open mic Question and Answer session. Further details for this event will be released in due course.
Continued best wishes,
Post Date: 02 October 2020
The NCCA have published the "Early Enactment of the JC Science and Business Studies Report" on 24th September 2020. This review covered many important themes and topics including:
It is a thorough report and will inform many of us over the coming period. It is available in both English and Gaeilge here:
Post Date: 01 October 2020
The SEC Chief Examiner's Report on the Junior Cycle Business Studies Examination 2019 has been published by the SEC. This is a valuable source of information which will be of interest to all Business Studies teachers. The Chief Examiner's Report should be read in conjunction with the Written Examination Paper and associated published Marking Schemes.
The report can be found here:
The 2019 examination and marking scheme can be found here:
Post Date: 31 August 2020
Both the NCCA and the Department of Education and Skills have recently published revised assessment arrangements of particular relevance to Business Studies. These documents make reference to a reduction in the number of Classroom Based Assessments that the student cohort 2018-2021 (i.e. third year students 2020/21) will be required to complete and to an extension of the CBA1 deadline into the first term of the school year 2020/21. They also refer to the removal of the requirement for students sitting the junior cycle exams in 2021 to complete an Assessment Task.
For additional information please follow the links below;
'NCCA revised arrangements for the completion of CBAs for the cohort of students 2018-2021 (students in 3rd Year in 2020/2021)' can be found at:https://ncca.ie/media/4670/ncca_cbas_for_student_cohort_2018-2021.pdf
'Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2021' can be found at: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/assessment-arrangements-junior-cycle-and-leaving-certificate-examinations-2021.pdf
Post Date: 19 March 2020
We are delighted to announce that we will be jointly hosting a live webinar, with our JCT Geography colleagues, on Tuesday 3rd March at 7pm. This webinar will explore the "Ireland's Deep Atlantic" Cross-Curricular Classroom Resource. This Classroom Resource, which is available at www.rte.ie/learn offers teachers and students of Business Studies and Geography opportunities to explore themes such as sustainability, ethical consumerism, the impact on a community of organisations and more. It also provides students with insights and purposeful learning opportunities across the three strands of the Business Studies Specification.
During our webinar we will be speaking with Business Studies and Geography Teachers and students to learn how they engaged with this new and exciting Classroom Resource and we look forward to sharing their stories with you on the night. You can register to participate in the webinar by clicking the following link: https://buff.ly/2VrEbxQ. A recording of the webinar will be made available afterwards on our website www.jct.ie.
Many thanks and continued best wishes,
The JCT Business Studies Team.
Post Date: 27 February 2020
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) have recently published Circular S96/19 which pertains to the Junior Cycle Assessment Task. This document is available at the following link:
Post Date: 20 January 2020