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Post Date: 19 January 2022
JCT are pleased to announce that registration for STE(A)M in Junior Cycle 2022 online series has now opened. Workshops are developed in partnership with experts in the fields of STEM and the Arts, and are of interest to all teachers from all subject areas who are interested in engaging with societal issues in the context of their Junior Cycle Specifications. Click this link or the image below to see a description of the workshops and to register.
Graphics: CBA 1 Resources
The Graphics team have recently created some new resources as a support for teachers as their students engage with CBA 1: Communicating through sketching. These include a PowerPoint presentation entitled ‘Exploring Classroom-Based Assessment 1’ and a supporting interactive poster and video. Please click on this link or on the image below to access these resources.
Post Date: 18 January 2022
Q&A event regarding the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme
On Wednesday 19th January at 5-6pm JCT will host a live online Q&A event regarding the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme.
This one-hour event will be suitable for teachers, school leaders, MRH teachers, JC co-ordinators, Wellbeing co-ordinators etc. in mainstream post-primary schools. A further support is being planned to cater for the specific needs of special schools relating to the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme.
The event will begin with a very brief input from each of the panel members followed by a Q&A session where participants can ask questions and discuss issues of interest to them relating to the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme. This event will not be recorded and will not involve a slide presentation. We are looking forward to your participation in this event.
Places will be limited due to the nature of the event. Please register at the link here
Post Date: 12 January 2022
A leadership webinar on Circular letter 0059/2021 will take place on Thursday 20th January from 2.30-3.30pm. This online webinar will provide a brief outline for school leaders regarding the arrangements for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to the school year 2021/22 as contained in the recently published circular letter 0059/2021.
The areas addressed will be key updates for 2021/22, curriculum arrangements for Junior cycle, assessment and reporting and resources and supports.
The link for registration is available here.
JCAD is now open to schools to allow the input of data for some student’s certificates of completion. This state certificate is to issue to each student through their schools, confirming completion of their Junior Cycle programme of study, including the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units and the level at which the subject was studied. JCAD relates to Junior Cycle 2021 students who were following a Level 1 or 2 Learning Programme only. JCAD should appear on ESINET for schools. Any schools who have queries related to JCAD should contact JCPA@education.gov.ie
Post Date: 11 January 2022
Arts in Junior Cycle Spring 2022
Arts in Junior Cycle have an exciting range of online arts electives coming up. See below for workshops starting in January.
Creative Coding Workshops
We have partnered with LERO, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, to develop workshops supporting the Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding.
Register for Tuesday 18th January - HTML/CSS
Register for Tuesday 15th February - SCRATCH
Register for Tuesday 22nd March - PYTHON
An Introduction to Animation - 20th and 27th January, 3rd February
Explore animation principles and practice with award-winning animator Rory Conway. Register here
Writing with Pictures: Cartooning Workshop Series - 25th January, 1st and 8th February
Develop your knowledge and skills in cartooning with cartoonist and graphic novelist Luke Healy. Register here
Our Opera Club series continues. Opera Club is a series of online elective workshops developed with Irish National Opera (INO) and hosted by mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty.
Tuesday 11th January 2022 7pm - 8.15pm - A Thing I Cannot Name
Monday 24th January 2022 7pm - 8.15pm - The Lighthouse
For more, visit our website www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie
Special School CPD
All Special Schools should have received an email from JCT on Monday 10th of January outlining the details of L1LPs and L2LPs CPD for 2022. Schools should complete the booking form as soon as possible to secure their chosen date. CPD booking will close on Wednesday the 19th of January. Any Special School who didn’t receive the email should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Date: 10 January 2022
Suggested Management Resource Hours Teachers’ Action Plan (To Do List)
A suggested Action Plan to support the ongoing work of the teachers who have been allocated the management resource hours in schools is available to download as a PDF by clicking here.
Post Date: 07 January 2022
We look forward to meeting Subject Teachers online from Monday 10th January for our 2021-2022 subject CPD. We have created a video that will help you prepare for these subject clusters. This can be accessed by clicking on the following video link: How to engage with JCT Subject CPD via Zoom 2021-2022
Post Date: 06 January 2022
Community of Practice online meeting for teachers allocated their school’s Junior Cycle management resource hours
The second community of practice online meeting for teachers allocated their school’s Junior Cycle management resource hours will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The focus of this online community of practice meeting will be on JCPA Other Areas of Learning and setting up an effective CBA calendar. If you are a teacher allocated the management resource hours for your school, you can register to attend by clicking on the link below:
Management Resource Hours Community of Practice Meeting Registration Tuesday 11.01.22
Post Date: 21 December 2021
JCT Newsletter- JCToday
The latest edition of JCToday Newsletter is available to view here or by clicking on this image below.
Post Date: 17 December 2021
Check out the video capturing some of the highlights from the ‘National Forum Seminar on Valuing Teaching and Learning about Sacred Artefacts from the Worlds’ Major Religions’, which included a presentation from Dr Ailís Travers, Team Leader for Religious Education with Junior Cycle for Teachers. The video is available at the following link: Video Highlights Link The event was hosted by Chester Beatty Library Dublin, with MIC Limerick and Dublin City Interfaith Forum.
Post Date: 16 December 2021
Management Resource Hours Teacher Community of Practice
Our second community of practice meeting based upon the feedback from the participants who attended our first online ZOOM meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Again, we will continue to support you with a focus upon the strategic planning of two key facets, namely, (1) Best practice in the collection of students’ “Other Areas of Learning” and (2) How to set up an effective CBA calendar. The format will be an interactive meeting with several panelists, use of breakout rooms and an opportunity for the Management Resource Hours Teachers/Junior Cycle Coordinators to meet with and share best practice. You can now register to attend by clicking on the following link: MRH Community of Practice Registration Link. Please note, as this is a reflective and interactive community of practice, the ZOOM Meeting will not be recorded.
Post Date: 15 December 2021
Junior Cycle History
Classroom Based Assessment 2: A Life in Time
JCT History associates are finalising their first workshop in the JCT / Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) collaboration series. This workshop will take place in the New Year via Zoom on Monday 17th, January 2022, at 7 p.m.
This webinar will provide information on the stages of preparing, completing and deciding a descriptor for CBA 2: A Life in Time with a focus on the student-centred process.
Registration is now open at the following link: Registration Link
Post Date: 14 December 2021
JCt4 Graphics: Geometry of Christmas
The Graphics Team are delighted to launch a Christmas themed task for Junior Cycle Graphics students titled ‘Share the (Joy) Geometry of Christmas’. Please click on the poster below for details on how your students can engage with the task and how you can share your student’s work with us.
Post Date: 10 December 2021
Upcoming Elective Workshop- Visual Art
JCT Visual Art Associates are looking forward to their first workshop in our JCT/ESCI collaboration series. This workshop will take place via Zoom on Tuesday December 14th, 2021, at 6.30p.m. and will focus on Research and Exploration in the Visual Art classroom.
Please join us by registering through this following zoom link- Visual Art Workshop Registration or by clicking on the poster below:
Post Date: 09 December 2021
Education for Sustainable Development Newsletter
The Department of Education’s 5th Edition Newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be viewed by clicking on this link
Circular letter 0059/2021
Circular letter 0059/2021- Arrangements for the Implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to school year 2021/22 is available now by clicking on the following link: Link to Circular letter 0059/2021
Post Date: 08 December 2021
The Junior Cycle Business Studies Team in collaboration with Student Enterprise Programme are hosting a webinar TONIGHT Wednesday 8th December 2021, from 7-8pm.
This webinar will share resources for teachers and students around planning, revision, SEP competitions and much more.
Register for this workshop by clicking on the following link: Business Studies & SEP Webinar Registration
Management Resource Hours Newsletter (Issue 4)
Issue 4 of our newsletter for teachers who have been allocated their school’s management resource hours is available to download as a PDF by clicking on the following link:
Management Resource Hours Newsletter Link
Post Date: 24 November 2021
Management Resource Hours Newsletter
The latest edition of our newsletter for teachers who have been allocated their school’s management resource hours is available to download as a PDF by clicking on the following link: Management Resource Hours Newsletter Link (Issue 3)
Post Date: 22 November 2021
JCt4 Wood Technology: New Podcast
The Wood Technology team in collaboration with Arts in Junior Cycle were delighted to chat with furniture maker Daniel Gill about his passion for his craft & his process from wood selection to completion of a piece of furniture. Listen to the full conversation by clicking on this link
Post Date: 17 November 2021
The NCCA have published updated Assessment Guidelines for the Classroom-based Assessments dated November 2021.
To access please click here
Post Date: 11 November 2021
Arts in Junior Cycle
NEW! Opera Club
In collaboration with Irish National Opera (INO), we present Opera Club, a series of five online workshops designed to introduce Junior Cycle teachers to the kaleidoscope of professionals involved in creating the world of opera. No knowledge of opera is required. The series starts on 23 Nov with mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty introducing INO’s ‘20 Shots of Opera’
Register here More Opera Club details here
Post Date: 08 November 2021
Arts in Junior Cycle Autumn Programme 2021
Writing our Place
In partnership with Fighting Words, we present Writing our Place – a series of five indoor and outdoor engagements starting Sat 20 Nov with a walk along the Royal Canal, facilitated by Roisín Lonergan (creative director, Five Lamps Festival). The series takes place November 2021 - January 2022 and culminates in an exhibition of participants’ work. Places are limited to 15 participants. Register here.
A World Made of Stories
We also have a re-run of A World Made of Stories on Mon 15 Nov with Dr. Ricardo Castellini da Silva, (lecturer in Media Literacy Education and a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Media Literacy network). This online practical workshop explores the importance of digital stories in the classroom context. Register here.
Creative Coding – Taster Workshop
Join us on Tues 16 Nov for an online taster workshop in Creative Coding developed in collaboration with LERO (Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software). This hands-on workshop is designed to support Strand 1 of the Junior Cycle short course in Coding. Register here.
Post Date: 04 November 2021
The SEC Guidelines for the Food Literacy Skills Examination and Assignment Briefs are available along with the Food Literacy Skills Assessment Briefs 2022 on www.examinations.ie
Post Date: 03 November 2021
Technologies Sample Papers
The State Examinations Commission (SEC) published sample examination papers (common level) for each of the suite of Technology subjects on Friday 22nd October. Please click on the relevant subjects below to access the respective sample examination paper.
Applied Technology Sample Paper
Engineering Sample Paper
Graphics Sample Paper
Wood Technology Sample Paper
Post Date: 02 November 2021
The JCT Maths team are running elective in-person CPD for New and Returning Teachers of JC Mathematics. These events will take place on 8th November, 7pm-9:15pm in various education centres. Register by clicking here or by clicking on the image below.
EXTENDED DEADLINE – Style & Purpose
There’s still time to sign up to Style & Purpose, our series of online writing workshops, as we’ve extended the application deadline to Monday 8 November. Developed in partnership with Poetry Ireland, the series is open to Junior Cycle teachers from all subject disciplines. Participlaced into small writing groups with a professional writer to explore one of the following writing genres:
Writing for Children
Post Date: 21 October 2021
Our Arts in Junior Cycle Autumn Programme 2021 is in full swing. See below for upcoming online workshops and initiatives.
Songwriting with Niamh Regan Thurs 4 November
An introduction to the art and craft of songwriting with singer/songwriter Niamh Regan. Register here...
Style & Purpose with Poetry Ireland starts Wed 3 November
Series of writing workshops in a chosen genre with a professional writer. Register here...
More information at www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie
Post Date: 19 October 2021
The latest edition of JCToday Newsletter is available to view here or by clicking on this image below.
Philosophy-Inquiry and Junior Cycle
Tuesday 19th October 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This webinar will provide practical supports for all teachers via: 'Planning Considerations to Support Student-Centred Learning through Inquiry'. Register via this link.
Important Information for MRH Teachers
A screencast has been emailed to school MRH contacts this morning. The Screencast can also be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Updating Classroom Teacher Details
Post Date: 18 October 2021
JCT English in collaboration with Arts in Junior Cycle were delighted to chat with poet and playwright Inua Ellams earlier this year. His text “The 14th Tale” is on the current prescribed text list for 2nd and 3rd year students.
Listen to our full conversation in collaboration here
Post Date: 17 October 2021
The coursework briefs and project materials for the suite of Technology subjects have been published by the State Examinations Commission. Please click on the relevant subjects below to access the documentation.
Wood Technology Coursework Design Briefs
Applied Technology Coursework Briefs
Graphics Student Project
Engineering Project Coursework
Post Date: 14 October 2021
Leadership Webinar on updated NCCA Wellbeing Guidelines (2021)
On Tuesday 19th October at 5pm, the JCT Leadership team will host a one hour webinar discussion around the updated NCCA Wellbeing Guidelines (2021). We will be discussing the updates included in the guidelines and the implications for school leaders when planning for an effective and relevant Junior Cycle Wellbeing programme, from 2022 onwards. Our panel guests include:
Annette Honan, Education Officer NCCA
Marguerite O’Hora Deputy Principal, Dominican College, Dublin
Ciara Byrne Team Leader JCT
Thomas Gleeson Team Leader JCT
Please register to attend at this link
Post Date: 07 October 2021
SLAR Elective Workshops
JCT in collaboration with ECSI are providing elective CPD workshops on the SLAR process. The Effective Participation in the SLAR Process online CPD workshops are aimed at all teachers of Junior Cycle and are continuing to run online via Education centres next week 11-14th October, 2021. Click on the workshops linked below for further details. Effective Participation in the SLAR Process
Post Date: 06 October 2021
Junior Cycle English
JCT English are delighted to release their latest podcast with Galway author Patricia Forde. Patricia talks about the power of language and her novel “The Wordsmith” which is on the new indicative text list for First Year students 2021, 2022 and 2023. Have a listen to this and other podcasts in the series by clicking on Junior Cycle Talks on SoundCloud, or by searching for Junior Cycle Talks wherever you listen to your podcasts.
Post Date: 05 October 2021
Autumn Online Learning Events
JCT are pleased to announce our upcoming Autumn Online Learning Events (OLE). Running from 12th to 21st October, there are more than 20 online events to choose from, something for everyone! Some of these events have limited capacity. Register for one or more now at the following registration link or by clicking on the image below.
Post Date: 01 October 2021
Arts in Junior Cycle at Féilte
The Arts in Junior Cycle team are delighted to be participating in FÉILTE 2021 Transforming Teaching in a Sustainable World on Saturday 2nd October from 10am - 4pm. Register for tickets here.
Post Date: 29 September 2021
The first edition of our newsletter for teachers who have been allocated their school’s management resource hours is available to download as a PDF by clicking on the following link: Newsletter Link
Arts in Junior Cycle Play, Create, Perform
Applications are now open for Play, Create, Perform, a series of online elective performing arts workshops developed with Youth Theatre Ireland and open to Junior Cycle teachers of all subjects. Places are limited, so register now on https://www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie/register
The JCT Maths team invite maths teachers to join them on Tuesday 5th October at 7pm for a webinar ‘Question Posing for CBA 1’. This webinar will explore strategies to help develop this skill with students and hear from a panel of teachers. Register by clicking on this link
Post Date: 28 September 2021
Graphics CBA 2 Resources
A number of newly created resources including an ‘important considerations’ document, a PowerPoint presentation with supporting interactive poster and video for CBA 2: Graphical Presentation Skills can be accessed by clicking on resources or on the graphics image below.
Engineering CBA 2 Resources
A number of newly created resources including a video, support documents, and details on important considerations for CBA 2: Research and Development can be accessed by clicking on resources or on the engineering image below.
Post Date: 22 September 2021
JCT in collaboration with ECSI are providing elective CPD workshops on the SLAR process.
These online CPD workshops are aimed at all teachers of Junior Cycle and are taking place between 4th and 14th October 2021. Click on the workshops linked below for further details.
• Effective Facilitation of the SLAR Process
• Effective Participation in the SLAR Process
Post Date: 20 September 2021
Join the JCT History team for our first webinar of the year ‘New Year,New Students: Looking Back to Look Forward’ Register here to join this Wednesday from 7 to 8.30pm.
The JCT L1/L2LP newsletter, (Autumn 2021) is available here.
Post Date: 17 September 2021
New MFL Resources
Our MFL Team have uploaded new resources which can be accessed by clicking on the links below
CEFR Infographic – exploring links between the CEFR, the Junior Cycle Framework and the MFL Specification
Screencast: Planning with Learning outcomes -a screencast to introduce our new planning resource
Planning with Learning Outcomes – a resource to support collaborative conversations around planning for learning
Learning Outcomes and Planning for Student Learning – a one page document to support MFL departments in planning for student learning
Digi Tech for Languages - a tool to support teachers to further integrate digital methodologies into their practice.
Post Date: 16 September 2021
The Department of Education’s 4th Edition newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be viewed by clicking on this link
Post Date: 06 September 2021
NCCA (September 2021)
Revised arrangements for the completion of Classroom Based Assessments (CBA'S) for students in third year in 2021/2022 (September 2021).
Click to download PDF document.
Department of Education (DoE) Update (18 August 2021)
Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2022.
Click to download PDF document.
Post Date: 16 June 2021
The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Graphics Exhibition. The JCt4 Graphics team in collaboration with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is proud to showcase the student entries for “The Good Design in Everyday Life” Exhibition. Visit the exhibition at this link.
Post Date: 26 May 2021
JCToday Newsletter May 2021 is now available.
Live version here
Previous issues here
Post Date: 10 May 2021
Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris have launched a public consultation on a joint National Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to 2030.
Have your say and find out how you can contribute to this exciting process by clicking on the following link
The Department of Education's 3rd Edition newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can viewed by clicking on this link
Post Date: 22 April 2021
The NCCA has recently published revised arrangements for the completion of Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) for students in second and third year in 2020/2021. These documents can be found here: Revised arrangements for the completion of Classroom Based Assessment (CBAs)
Post Date: 09 March 2021
The Department of Education published on 09th March 2021 guidelines for schools entitled “Assessment and Reporting on Students’ Learning - Junior Cycle 2021”. The guideline documents can be found here:
Assessment and Reporting on Students’ Learning – Junior Cycle 2021
Guidelines for Schools on Assessment and Reporting on Students’ Learning – Junior Cycle 2021 issued by the Department of Education on March 9th state that the school will issue a School Report detailing the learning achievements of the student. Each school has the autonomy to choose the format of the school report that will be used and issued to students. Relevant supports for reporting can be found at this link: Reporting/NCCA
The Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines have been updated to support schools as they continue to plan and develop junior cycle Wellbeing programmes. The updated 2021 Guidelines can be found at this link:
Wellbeing Guidelines for Junior Cycle | NCCA
Post Date: 23 November 2020
Latest DES circular 0076/2020 regarding Junior Cycle was published on 18th November 2020 - Arrangements for the Implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to school year 2020/21.
Post Date: 18 November 2020
Information regarding Junior Cycle CPD supports for schools and teachers 2020/2021, including details of subject CPD online cluster days can accessed with the following links.
JCT CPD Supports 2020/2021
Online Subject Cluster Day Information Leaflet
Post Date: 04 November 2020
The themes for CBA 1: From Process to Realisation 2020/21 can be found on www.curriculumonline.ie and here.
Food Literacy Skills Examination Assignment Briefs are now available on www.examinations.ie or here.
SEC sample papers for Final Assessment are now available for the following subjects:
Mathematics Higher Level
Mathematics Ordinary Level
Post Date: 25 September 2020
The JCT Whole-School Team has repurposed 24 of the existing teaching and learning strategies for students and teachers in the physically distanced classroom and for students engaging with online learning from home. They are available for download in PDF format here.
Report on early enactment of Junior Cycle Business Studies and Science published by the NCCA. Click here...
Post Date: 16 September 2020
Chief Examiner’s Report
The SEC have published Junior Cycle Examination 2019 Chief Examiner’s Reports for Science, click here... and Business Studies, click here...
Post Date: 10 December 2019
JCT in Conversation with Parents
“JCT in Conversation with Parents” video is available here...
It is found on the Communication with Parents page of the Leadership section of jct.ie, here..., along with many other resources to support schools communicating Junior Cycle to parents.
Post Date: 01 October 2019
How are we equipping our young people to flourish in The Fourth Industrial Revolution? The role of creativity in the Junior Cycle Classroom
Article by Fiona O’Brien, Team leader for School Leadership, Junior Cycle for Teachers here...
Post Date: 27 May 2019
The Webinar "Guidance Related Units of Learning" is now available online here...
The Webinar "Exploring Other Areas of Learning in Junior Cycle" is now available online here...
Post Date: 13 December 2018
Special Schools and Further Education Sector
JCAD Handbook and User Guide
Post Date: 03 December 2018
Please find attached a handbook and appendices for schools to assist in the issuing of the JCPA
The handbook also contains the following:
Appendix 1 - Checklist
Appendix 2 - Logos and Signatures
Appendix 3 - Privacy Notice and Consent Forms
Appendix 4 - Samples of JCPAs for 2018
Please complete Appendix 2 should you wish to submit or update your school crest or signatures by Wednesday the 5th December, 2018.
(Please note, only Principal and Year Head signatures can appear on the JCPA). Vice/Deputy Principal or Co-Ordinator will not appear on the JCPA.
Please note that the administration grant to support schools with production of the JCPAs will also issue in the coming days.
Should you have any queries please email email@example.com. Please ensure you quote your school name and roll number in all correspondence”.
Post Date: 27 September 2018
Enhancing Teacher Professional Collaboration Through Junior Cycle Reform
Post Date: 14 March 2018
Our recent Leadership for Learning Conference showcased the learning from our ATS2020 Erasmus + project . This short video shows some of the highlights from the day: Video...
Post Date: 12 December 2017
Placing the Student at the Centre of Learning
Post Date: 25 May 2018
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