Post Date: 18 November 2020
The Department of Education recently published Circular 0076/2020, this circular supersedes Circular 55/2019 and is entitled “Arrangements for the Implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to school year 2020/21”. It sets out the arrangements now governing the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, with particular reference to the school year 2020/21. The contents of this circular will be of interest to all Business Studies teachers and can be accessed at the following link;
Continued best wishes
The JCT Business Studies Team
Post Date: 13 November 2020
The JCT Business Studies team are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Blended Learning for Business Studies webinar on Tuesday the 24th November 2020 from 7pm to 8pm. Business Studies teachers can register for this webinar at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Continued best wishes,
Post Date: 06 November 2020
JCT Business Studies Team in partnership with Financial Justice Ireland are delighted to announce that we will be jointly hosting a 'Not Business As Usual' Online event for Business Studies teachers. This online workshop will take place on Thursday 12th October from 7pm - 8.15pm on Thursday 12th November 2020. Places will be limited to the first 100 teachers and we look forward to welcoming you on the night. To register for this event, please follow the link: https://forms.gle/LR6UWNh6BDaiQb5dA
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 visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7655840500836247564.
Afterwards, a recording of the full webinar will be available to view here: https://www.jct.ie/business_studies/classroom_based_assessments
Post Date: 07 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: 02 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: 01 October 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