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Post Date: 30 May 2023

As the summer months stretch out before us, students might enjoy a selection of suggested reads from

the Indicative Text List, Prescribed Text List and beyond!


Click on the image below to access this handout.


Post Date: 29 May 2023

Arrangements for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle for 2023/2024 have been released.

Students to complete a minimum of 1 CBA.The Assessment Task will not be examined in the 2023/2024 academic year.


Full details can be found here.

Post Date: 22 May 2023

The International Literature Festival Dublin is currentky taking place. The symbol of the festival is the hippocampus- a part of the brain that works to shape the way we view the World around us.


Students might enjoy exploring literary symbols in their own texts with this short activity.


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Post Date: 25 April 2023

To celebrate Shakespeare's life, students might enjoy experimenting with some phrases commonly attributed to the

Bard himself!

You can also listen back to Pauline Kelly discuss Shakespeare's Italian story here.


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Post Date: 15 March 2023


Students may enjoy engaging with the following support ahead of St. Patrick's Day

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Post Date: 07 March 2023

International Women's Day 2023


Students might enjoy engaging with the following activity for International Women's Day on March 8th.

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Post Date: 02 March 2023

Happy World Book Day!


Students might have fun with the following support!


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Post Date: 24 February 2023

 Upcoming JCT Webinar


Join us for 'Coherence and Expression: Developing writing skills through the Indicative and Prescribed Text Lists'

Tuesday, March 28th, 6.30pm


Click on the image below to register.


Post Date: 22 February 2023

Upcoming Webinar

Shining the Spotlight: UDL in the Junior Cycle English Classroom

See Details below.






Post Date: 25 January 2023

Students might enjoy reading the following passage from The Hobbit.

This support may be useful when exploring novel openings.


The Hobbit is also a text on the current Indicative List for First Year students.

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Post Date: 13 January 2023


We were delighted to chat with comic book illustrator Will Sliney last year. In this conversation he discusses  how he came to work for Marvel Comics. He also delves into the art of telling stories through comics!

A particularly helpful podcast for anyone considering Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from the new Prescribed Text List.


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Post Date: 16 December 2022

Students may enjoy exploring the power of imagery through Nat King Cole's 'The Christmas Song'.


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Post Date: 12 December 2022

Students might enjoy reading the following passage from Little Women.

It evokes a particular Christmas memory and might spark some creative writing for students.


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Post Date: 07 December 2022

As we approach the festive season, the following two supports might be engaging for your students. 

The first support encourages students to engage with Non Literary Texts using the 2022 An Post advertisement with a focus on 'The Wizard of Oz'. 

The second is a Watch and Respond based on a Christmas Scene from the film 'Little Women' from the Prescribed Text List. 


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Post Date: 02 December 2022

To mark the start of December, students might enjoy 'Winter Morning Poem' from Ogden Nash.


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Post Date: 25 November 2022

The following support uses the animated film 'My Father's Dragon' as a way of exploring visual literacy in the classroom.


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Post Date: 16 November 2022

Exploring Heaney's 'The Burial at Thebes?'

Enjoy our 15 min conversation with Kathryn McCance from the Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again exhibition in the National Library. 

Kathryn gives us a facinating insight into Heaney's retelling of this classical Greek play 'Antigone.'

Listen here: on.soundcloud.com/S5bq8

Post Date: 09 November 2022

Ahead of your upcoming cluster day, you can download the support booklet that accompanies the day by clicking on the image below.


We look forward to engaging with you!

Post Date: 27 October 2022

 Wishing teachers a restful and relaxing mid-term break! We look forward to engaging with you on your cluster day, which begins in November. 


Post Date: 19 October 2022

If your students are looking forward to Halloween, why not try our new support?

It encourages students to engage with the trailer for the film Hocus Pocus 2 as a non-literary text.

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Post Date: 14 October 2022

The following extract from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman might appeal to students' creativity. 

Click to access the extract and a possible task. It might be particularly suitable this Halloween season!

The Graveyard Book is on the current Indicative Text List for First Year students 2021, 2022 and 2023. 



Post Date: 07 October 2022

Looking forward to meeting teachers for your other teaching subject CPD. We welcome English teachers who didn’t get to attend CPD last year. 


 If attending this month, check out this 2-min video about what to expect on the day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYNkAMyqAg4



Post Date: 23 September 2022

Are you exploring ‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ with your students? 


We are running a repeat webinar on Monday, October 3rd at 7pm, for anyone who may have missed it earlier this year.


 Register at this link https://tinyurl.com/h8kv68hr



Post Date: 09 September 2022

⚠️ The Assessment Arrangements for 2023 have just been published by the Department of Education.


The arrangements can be found here:




Post Date: 31 August 2022

Find someone who...


As students get to know one another over the next few days, this activity might be helpful in generating conversation and curiosity in the English classroom.


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Post Date: 26 August 2022

A warm welcome back to all teachers! Wishing you the best over the coming academic year and to new teachers beginning their journey with Junior Cycle English.  


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Post Date: 02 June 2022

☀️ As the summer months stretch out before us, students might enjoy a selection of suggested reads from the Indicative Text List, Prescribed Text List and beyond!

Click the here to download the handout for your students.


Post Date: 06 May 2022


To celebrate Europe Day 2022, students might enjoy this support on travel writing which features a travel article that looks at the Italian city of Trieste.


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Post Date: 28 April 2022

Happy Poetry Ireland Day! The theme this year is 'Written in the Stars.' You might enjoy this poem entitled 'Stars of Hope' from Joe Flach.


Click here to download a copy of the poem and some possible tasks for students. 





Post Date: 26 April 2022


Thinking about booklists for 2022/2023? We have recently updated all information relating to the new Prescribed Text List on our website. Here you can find a brief synopsis of each text, suggested themes and links to different online supports.


Click to access novel 

Click to access drama 

Click to access film 

Click below to watch a short video of how to navigate the modals and text information on our website.



Post Date: 23 March 2022


The JCT English Team are delighted to announce that we will be running a Spring Online Learning Event on April 6th where we will be looking at a universal approach to the new Prescribed Text List for 2nd and 3rd year students.


Click here to register for the webinar 


Post Date: 16 March 2022

☘️ To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, enjoy the poem 'Take Care' by President Michael D. Higgins.

Included are some sample activites and tasks that you might like to explore with your students.

Click on the image below to read the poem along with the sample activities and tasks. 


Wishing all a safe and enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend!


Post Date: 15 March 2022

​​ The latest episode in our ‘Conversations from the Classroom’ series features English teacher Joe Rolston from Presentation Secondary School in Wexford.


 In the first part of this two-part episode, Joe discusses text selection and the role that non-literary texts can play in broadening students’ experiences.

Part 2 will be released shortly.


Click here to listen to the episode.



Post Date: 11 March 2022



The Department of Education has published the new Prescribed Text List for 2nd and 3rd year students presenting for examination in 2024, 2025 and 2026. Click to access this list





Post Date: 10 March 2022

☘️ To celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge, here are 11 words that have enriched the English language, lifted from the Irish language!

Students could explore Oral Language 11 and Reading 8 for example.

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Post Date: 07 March 2022

To celebrate International Women's Day 2022, students might enjoy this support which features the latest stamp collection from An Post. This collection celebrates some amazing Irish women in sport. See the collection at this link here. Click the image below to view the support.


Post Date: 18 February 2022

Many thanks to all teachers who have engaged with our online CPD over the last few weeks. For those registered in March, you can access the support booklet for the day at the link here


Wishing you and your students a safe and relaxing midterm break!


Post Date: 02 February 2022

The latest episode in our podcast series 'Conversations from the Classroom' features English teacher Emer Whyte from Galway Educate Together Secondary School.

Emer describes how she and her colleagues have incorporated planning for students following an L2LP in their Junior Cycle English Classes. Emer also offers an insight into some key steps that work for her and her colleagues when collaboratively designing learning. Listen to the full conversation here.


A must-listen for those looking to learn more about supporting students following Level 2 and Level 3 in the Junior Cycle English classroom!

Post Date: 12 January 2022

Our online cluster for 2021-22 has begun! We are delighted to have engaged with teachers so far and look forward to engaging with more over the coming weeks. 


In advance of your cluster day, please watch this short 2-minute video which gives a flavour of what to expect!



You can also download the support booklet which accompanies the day here



Post Date: 14 December 2021

The latest episode in our podcast series 'Conversations from the Classroom' features English teacher Patricia Wall from Scoil Chaitríona in Dublin.


Listen to Patricia talk about what the collection of student's texts looks like in her context, including some innovative portfolio use. Patricia also explores the use of playlists in the English classroom and the creation of a unit of learning around the theme of travel.


Please Note: You'll find this podcast in the 'In Conversation' section of our Podcast Resource page.


You can also search for 'Junior Cycle Talks' wherever you listen to your podcasts!

Post Date: 13 December 2021

Some poetry and story resources which you might like to use in Junior Cycle English are available below:


Here will find a list of seasonal poetry


A Christmas Carol - excerpt from the 1939 Radio Play


Doc on One - Lumps of Coal




Post Date: 11 November 2021


In our latest podcast series, ‘In Conversation with teachers..’ Patrick Huff from Ardscoil Mhuire Limerick talks about how audio books and short stories from Amnesty International work in his mixed ability classroom.

Listen to this 20 minute conversation here


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