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  • Post Date: 23 November 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    Arts in Junior Cycle offer a range of elective arts workshops, both online and in-person, open to Junior Cycle teachers from all subject disciplines.  Register for all our workshops on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie  

    NEW 
    Digital Storytelling with Stop Motion Animation 
    Arts in Junior Cycle with Peter Baxter from createschool.ie 
    Date: Saturday 3rd December 2022 
    Time: 10.15am – 3.30pm 
    Venue: Blackrock Education Centre
    Explore how to tell stories through the medium of stop motion animation films. Consider what makes a good story and learn how to craft ideas into simple stories using digital devices. 
    Places still available. Register on: www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie 

     

    Communities of Practice 
    DesignCIRCLE 2022-23
    DesignCIRCLE, launching with an online introductory workshop on Tuesday 6th December, 7.30pm – 8.30pm, is an opportunity to join a community of practice with a professional designer. This community of practice will include 5-6 online meetings and one in-person engagement. Some places still available. 
    Register on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie  

    Artistic Performance 2022-23
    Our next community of practice meeting takes place online, Tuesday 29th November 2022, 6pm – 7pm. New members welcome. Contact: info@jct.ie if you would like to join us. 

    For more, go to www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie  

  • Post Date: 21 November 2022

    SPHE

    Consultation on the Background Paper and Brief for the redevelopment of Senior Cycle SPHE is now open and will remain open until Tuesday the 6th of December 2022.

    You can read the Background Paper and Brief for the redevelopment of Senior Cycle SPHE and provide feedback through an online survey or written submission here

  • Post Date: 14 November 2022

    English

    JCT English were delighted to chat with Kathyrn McCance, from the Listen Now Again Seamus Heaney exhibition curated by the National Library of Ireland. Kathryn gives a fascinating insight into Heaney's 'The Burial at Thebes.' The play is a version of Sophocles' Greek tragedy 'Antigone.' Kathryn discusses the creative departures that Heaney took from the original play and the various dramatic techniques he used to bring the play to a new audience.  

    Listen at this link

  • Post Date: 10 November 2022

    Community of Practice meeting for teachers who have the allocated Management Resource Hours in schools 

    The JCIS Team has rescheduled the live, interactive online Community of Practice meeting for teachers who have the allocated Management Resource Hours in schools for Thursday, November 17th from 7:00-8:30pm using the Zoom platform.  The online meeting will focus upon strategic planning for MRH personnel. The meeting will not be recorded. Register using this link

  • Post Date: 27 October 2022

    English

    Calling all English teachers based in Limerick! English teacher and former JCT advisor Catherine Leddin will host a face-to-face workshop in Limerick Education Centre on Tuesday, November 15th 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The workshop will look at teaching the novel in Junior Cycle English. Registration and information at this link.

  • Post Date: 24 October 2022

    New Arts Electives from November 2022

    Register for all our events on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

     

    Creative Coding
    Arts in Junior Cycle with Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software.  Three online workshops designed to support engagement with creative coding in Junior Cycle.
    Workshop 1 HTML/CSS, Workshop 2 SCRATCH, Workshop 3 PYTHON.
    Dates: Tuesday 8th November 2022, Wednesday 7th December 2022, Thursday 19 January 2023
    Venue: Online
    Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

     

    Carousel: Exploring Theatre
    Arts in Junior Cycle with Youth Theatre Ireland
    Join us at Maynooth University for practical theatre workshops in Commedia Dell ‘Arte, Stage Combat, and Techniques in Devising Theatre, all in one day.
    Date: Saturday 12th November 2022
    Venue: Maynooth University (North Campus)
    Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

     

    Handbuilt Ceramics
    Arts in Junior Cycle with ceramicist and artist Mairead Stafford
    Explore, experiment and create in these studio-based workshops with ceramicist and artist Mairead Stafford.
    Dates: Saturday 12th and Saturday 26th November 2022
    Venue: Ballyelland Pottery, Co Wexford
    Times: 10:30am – 3:30pm

     

    Checking the Facts
    Arts in Junior Cycle with Ricardo Castellini da Silva
    Tackle disinformation and misinformation in this hands-on practical workshop designed to support digital media literacy.
    Date: Saturday 19th November 2022
    Venue: Dublin West Education Centre
    Time: 10:15am – 3:30pm

     

    An Introduction to Animation
    Arts in Junior Cycle with Rory Conway
    Gain an insight into the processes and methodologies employed by an award-winning professional animator in this one-day practical workshop.
    Date: Saturday 19th November 2022
    Time: 10:15am – 3:30pm
    Venue: Portlaoise College, Co Laois
     

    Visual Thinking Strategies
    Arts in Junior Cycle with artist Claire Halpin and Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
    Two Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) workshops, providing an opportunity to experience the VTS method of looking in a collaborative and supportive environment.
    Dates: Saturday 19th November 2022 and Saturday 3rd December 2022
    Venue: Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda
    Times: 10:30am – 3:30pm

     

    Drawing in Space
    Arts in Junior Cycle with sculptor John Langan and School of Design & Creative Arts, Atlantic Technological University (ATU)
    This workshop provides an opportunity to explore visual culture with an emphasis on artists working in the environment, and develop your own artistic responses using sustainable materials and media. 
    Date: Saturday 26th November 2022
    Venue: School of Design & Creative Arts, Atlantic Technological University (ATU)
    Time: 10:15am – 4:00pm
     

    For more, visit our website www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie
    The Arts in Junior Cycle Team  

  • Post Date: 17 October 2022

    Music

    Our ‘Junior Cycle Music Planning Elective Workshop’ takes place on Wednesday Oct 19th from 7-9pm. Looking forward to a great event. Registration and information at this link

  • Post Date: 12 October 2022

    Autumn 2022 Arts Elective Workshops

    We are delighted to confirm more arts elective workshops, open to Junior Cycle teachers from all subjects. See below for the details.   

     

    NEW!
    Creating Worlds: Set Design

    Starts Thursday 20th October
    Venue: online
    Time:  7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Would you like to design and create your own model set? 
    Join us for Creating Worlds, a set design workshop series developed with artist Joanne Donohoe designed to support and inspire you to explore your own creative voice and design aesthetic.
    Further information on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie  

     

    NEW! 
    The Sustainment Experiments  
    Date: Saturday 22nd October 2022 
    Venue: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny  
    Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm  
    Join us for a new, multi-sensory workshop exploring The Sustainment Experiments exhibition by artist Deirdre O’Mahony in Butler Gallery, Kilkenny. An opportunity to explore how an artist interacts, researches and is influenced by the environment and the physical world (soil health, food histories and production, farming, ecology of rural places and climate change).
    Register on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie  


     
    NEW! 
    Social Fabric
    Date: Tuesday 1st November 2022 
    Venue: Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) 
    Time: 10:30am – 4:00pm 
    Arts in Junior Cycle with visual artist threadstories and Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) offers participants an opportunity to utilise the Slow Looking framework to decode and decipher a range of imagery as a stimulus to explore surface and form through textiles. 
    Register on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie 



    Back by popular demand! 
    Get your World Turning 
    October – November 2022  
    Arts in Junior Cycle and the JCT Technologies Team (JCt4) have collaborated once again with professional woodturner Willie Creighton in this hands-on woodturning workshop series. Participants will experience a range of specialised turning techniques including segmented and laminated turning.
    A total of 10 workshops will take place over October and November in a range of regional venues. Visit www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie for dates, venues and times. Places are strictly limited
    Register on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • Post Date: 05 October 2022

    Autumn 2022: Online Learning Events

    JCT are delighted to share details of events that will take place for JCT's Online Learning Events (OLE) from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th of October. There are a wide range of subjects/topics to choose from. Register today via the links on our Online Learning Events Page 

  • Post Date: 05 October 2022

    MathsMeet 2022

    MathsMeet 2022 is a joint conference organised by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) and the Irish Maths Teachers' Association (IMTA).

    The purpose of the conference is to promote the study of Mathematics, to share best practice in teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics and to provide opportunities for developing understanding of mathematics education across the continuum of primary, post-primary and third level.

    The conference will take place in Maynooth University on Saturday the 15th of October. We are delighted to welcome Ed Southall as our keynote speaker and to have Andrew Jeffrey as a special guest, with thanks to Maths Week Ireland. Visit www.mathsmeet.com for a full programme of events and to register.

  • Post Date: 04 October 2022

    Thank you to all who are attending workshops online, facilitated for teachers who teach more than one subject.  Registration is required so please check if you are registered with your principal.  All materials / resources used during these workshops are available via this link...

  • Post Date: 26 September 2022

    8th Edition, Education for Sustainable Development Newsletter

    Please find the latest edition of the Department of Education Newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Keep up to date with all lots of school events that are happening in schools along with a list of useful links and resources to help you to play your part in sustainable development. JCT - STE(A)M in Junior Cycle is detailed on page 28 & 29.

  • Post Date: 26 September 2022

    Post-Primary Music Teachers' Association (PPMTA) Annual National Conference 2022

    The PPMTA Annual National Conference will take place in the Mullingar Hotel from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October. The theme of this year’s conference is “Raise Your Voice!”

    The JCT Music team are delighted to attend the event. We will facilitate a 1.5-hour hands-on workshop entitled 'Your Voice in Junior Cycle Music'. We very much look forward to meeting with and speaking to teachers over the three days.

  • Post Date: 26 September 2022

    JCT English Webinar

    JCT English team are delighted to run a repeat webinar for teachers exploring ‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ with their students. This webinar will run on Monday, October 3rd at 7pm for anyone who may have missed it earlier this year. Teachers are reminded to register in advance.

  • Post Date: 23 September 2022

    Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) / Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)

    A reminder that the consultation process on an updated Junior Cycle SPHE curriculum is open until October 18th, 2022.

    Read the Draft Junior Cycle Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Short Course curriculum specification.

    SPHE Short Course consultation 2022 - Teacher survey

    SPHE Short Course consultation 2022 - Student survey  

    This updated course will provide 100 hours of learning in SPHE (an increase from 70 hours) over the three years of junior cycle.

  • Post Date: 23 September 2022

    Management Resource Hours Teachers’ Community of Practice

    The JCIS team will host a community of practice meeting on Thursday, October 6th, 2022 from 7:00-8:30pm with a focus upon the strategic planning of the implementation of Junior Cycle in your schools and the use of JCT Registration. You can register to attend by clicking here

  • Post Date: 20 September 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    Arts in Junior Cycle offer a range of elective arts workshops, both online and in-person, open to Junior Cycle teachers from all subjects. You may be interested in registering for one or more of the following:

    Style & Purpose

    Wed 21 Sept | 6:00pm – 7.30pm

    Style & Purpose, our popular series of writing genre workshops developed with Poetry Ireland, is an online series of elective workshops which also includes an in-person reflection and sharing event.

    Writing our Place Too

    Tues 4 Oct | 6.30pm – 8.30pm - Introductory online workshop

    Sat 8 Oct |10am – 2pm in-person workshop at Graffiti Theatre Company, Cork

    We welcome the return of this series of writing workshops developed with Fighting Words. This year the in-person workshops will take place in Cork city, hosted by Graffiti Theatre Company.

    In the News

    Wed 5 Oct | 5:00pm – 6.30pm Opinion writing with Irish Times columnist Jennifer O’ Connell 

    Mon 24 Oct | 5:00pm – 6.30pm News reporting with Noirin Hegarty of the Sunday Times

    This new online workshop series, developed with Newsbrands Ireland, aims to demystify the news. Featuring award-winning journalists and editors throughout, workshops will focus on different aspects of journalism, including opinion writing, reporting, features and more.

     

    Call for Expressions of Interest – DesignCIRCLE 2022-23

    If you would like to join a community of practice with a professional designer, you may be interested in joining DesignCIRCLE.   There will be 5/6 online meetings and will include an in-person preparation and planning meeting.  

     

    Call for Expressions of Interest - Artistic Performance Community of Practice

    Are you teaching Artistic Performance and would like to share practice with teachers also engaging with this junior cycle short course? We are inviting expressions of interest from teachers who would like to join our Artistic Performance community of practice. 

     

    Please visit our website for more information and to register for all upcoming workshops.

  • Post Date: 15 September 2022

    Upcoming Poetry Competitions

    In collaboration with IMRAM, Poetry Ireland has launched two exciting new initiatives that aim to bring life to the Irish language as part of their post-primary school programme.  

    Guth na hÉigse is a pilot Poetry Speaking Competition for Post-Primary Schools and Duais Bashō Haiku Poetry Competition asks post-primary students to compose a haiku in the English or Irish language or a hybrid.

    The deadline for Guth na hÉigse entries is 4 October 2022. The deadline for Duais Bashō Haiku Poetry Competition haiku submissions is 24 October 2022. Gabriel Rosenstock will adjudicate.  All details are available here.

  • Post Date: 09 September 2022

    Irish Learning Support Association

    JCT look forward to facilitating a workshop on 'UDL- Every Child in every classroom' as part of the upcoming ISLA conference on Friday 23rd September. For tickets, visit the ISLA website.

  • Post Date: 09 September 2022

    Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2023

    The Department of Education has published an updated document which sets out the adjusted assessment arrangements for post-primary students taking certificate examinations in the 2022/23 school year.

    While the level of disruption to the learning experience due to Covid-19 reduced in the 2021/22 school year compared to the previous year, these arrangements are designed to take account of the disrupted learning experienced by students.

  • Post Date: 07 September 2022

    CBA Calendar Dates, 2022/2023

    Revised arrangements for the completion of Classroom-Based Arrangements (CBAs) for students in third year and second year in 2022/2023 are available here.

  • Post Date: 06 September 2022

    NCCA - Leaving Certificate Business

    As part of the broader redevelopment of senior cycle it is envisaged that a new specification for Business will be introduced in network schools from September 2024. The public consultation on the review of Business is now open. There are several ways to participate in the consultation which are outlined here.

    The consultation will close on October 28th, 2022, at 5pm.

  • Post Date: 05 September 2022

    Adjustments to State Examinations, 2023

    The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has announced that adjustments will be made to the assessment arrangements for students due to sit State examinations in 2023, to take account of the disruption to their learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A document detailing the adjusted assessment arrangements for every subject/ module descriptor in the Leaving Certificate Established, Leaving Certificate Applied, Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme and Junior Cycle programmes will be issued to schools and schools will be asked to ensure that all students are made aware of these changes.

  • Post Date: 02 September 2022

    NCCA SPHE School-based Consultation Meetings

    If your school would like to facilitate NCCA in conducting school-based consultations with some of your students and SPHE teachers please register your interest before 2.00pm Friday September 9th.

  • Post Date: 30 August 2022

    Looking at Our School 2022: A Quality Framework for Post-Primary Schools

    Looking at Our School 2022: A Quality Framework for Post-Primary Schools is a framework that provides a shared understanding of what effective and highly effective learning, teaching, leadership and management practices look like in the Irish school system. This document replaces the previous version published in 2016.

  • Post Date: 26 August 2022

    ASEF CLASSNET SCHOOL COLLABORATION 2022

    *Extended* closing date for applications – now open until September 12th, 2022.  The ASEF Classroom Network (#ASEFClassNet) connects high school students, teachers & school leaders, teacher trainers, researchers, policy makers and EdTech experts from the 51 ASEM Partner countries. Further information is available here.

    The projects run from September and are expected to be completed by December 2022 (Virtual Event). Participating teachers need to commit to set aside ca. 2-4 hours per week to participate fully.  There is no application or participation fee.

  • Post Date: 23 August 2022

    Recruitment

    JCT is currently recruiting to fill Advisor positions across the following 7 curricular areas for the school year 2022/2023;

    • Home Economics
    • Business Studies
    • Gaeilge
    • History
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Modern Foreign Languages

    Further details on all of these positions, including a job description and application form, are available here.

    The closing date for applications is 2nd September 2022 at 4PM.

  • Post Date: 17 August 2022

    NCCA - Board for Junior Cycle

    The NCCA is looking for two people to work as members of the Board for Junior Cycle. This opportunity is open to educators or researchers working within or outside the formal education sector.

    The ‘expression of interest’ form should be completed by 5pm on Friday 16th September.

  • Post Date: 18 July 2022

    Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) / Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)

    Consultation on an updated Junior Cycle SPHE curriculum is now open.  Read the Draft Junior Cycle Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) Short Course curriculum specification.

     

    SPHE Short Course consultation 2022 - Teacher survey

    SPHE Short Course consultation 2022 - Student survey  

     

    This updated course will provide 100 hours of learning in SPHE (an increase from 70 hours) over the three years of junior cycle.

    The consultation will remain open until October 18th 2022.

  • Post Date: 28 June 2022

    Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Newsletter

    The latest edition of the Department’s Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) newsletter is available here.  

    This quarterly newsletter features a wide variety of interesting articles from a host of departments, organisations, bodies, and educational institutions on programmes, initiatives, resources, competitions, and general information on issues surrounding Education for Sustainability.

    You can sign up to receive the newsletter directly here.

    Have an idea or a piece you would like to see included in the next issue? Get in touch by emailing the ESD Team directly at: ESD@education.gov.ie.

  • Post Date: 21 June 2022

    NCCA Co-option

    The NCCA is looking for two people to work as members of each of the three new Leaving Certificate Development Groups. These new groups will begin working in September 2022 and will play a key role in developing new specifications for:

    Business

    Climate Action and Sustainable Development

    Drama, Film and Theatre Studies

    Expression of Interest forms should be completed by August 19th, 2022.

  • Post Date: 17 June 2022

    E.A.L. Summer Course

    An online ‘English as an Additional Language’ summer course will run from August 15th - 19th. Register via your local education centre. Find detailed information in the poster below.  

  • Post Date: 08 June 2022

    SEC Recruitment

    The State Examinations Commission (SEC) is currently recruiting for the role of Examination & Assessment Managers in three subject areas.  Please find links to the relevant information booklets and application forms below.

    E.A.M. Construction Studies

    E.A.M. Engineering

    E.A.M. Music

    Closing Date for Applications: 23rd June 2022

  • Post Date: 02 June 2022

    Summer Programme 2022

    The Department of Education encourages schools to provide the summer programme for primary and post-primary students with complex special educational needs and those at greatest risk of educational disadvantage. Find out more about this programme by watching this short video.

  • Post Date: 01 June 2022

    Important Update - Management Resource Hours

    The Department of Education has decided, on an interim basis, to continue to allocate the Management Resource Hours for the school year 2022/23. All Post-primary schools have been sent a letter outlining this arrangement in further detail. Please find a wealth of supports developed by JCT for MRH personnel here.

  • Post Date: 31 May 2022

    Newsletter – JCToday

    We have just published the final edition of our newsletter, JC Today for the 2021-2022 academic year. The theme for this edition is ‘Reflection in Junior Cycle’. Inside this issue you will gain an extensive insight into many of the activities that have been happening across JCT. Click on the image below to read more!

  • Post Date: 30 May 2022

    RIAI Graphics Exhibition 2022

    The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the JCt4 Graphics team are delighted to announce that the “Creativity is intelligence having fun” exhibition is now available for viewing on the RIAI website. To visit the exhibition please click here or on the image below. The student work can be viewed in the Exhibition Video and in a walk-through Virtual Gallery.

  • Post Date: 26 May 2022

    JCIS CPD for 2022/2023

    Schools will have received a letter regarding the scheduling of a day of whole-school planning and self-evaluation for Junior Cycle implementation 2022/2023.

    The theme of next year’s JCIS workshop is to review your Junior Cycle implementation and identify areas for consolidation and further development.

    Further details of this whole staff workshop are found in the JCIS CPD Brochure. The earliest day for bookings will be Monday, 12th September 2022. Please contact your Regional Team in order to book your JCIS day.

  • Post Date: 26 May 2022

    EsiNet – Update on Reporting on Wellbeing

    An important message was sent to all post-primary Principals via EsiNet in relation to the Reporting on Wellbeing Areas of Learning in the Junior Cycle 2022. Please check your in-box for details.

  • Post Date: 25 May 2022

    Management Resource Hours Newsletter (Issue 8)    

    Issue 8 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

  • Post Date: 25 May 2022

    JCt4 - CBA 2 updates

    Graphics: The NCCA have published the domain for Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) 2 – Graphical presentation skills in Graphics, which is to be completed by third year students in the 2022/2023 academic year. The domain can be accessed through the green panel on the Graphics section of www.curriculumonline.ie.

    Engineering: The NCCA have also published the theme for Classroom-Based Assessment (CBA) 2 - Research and development in Engineering for third year student in the 2022/2023 academic year. The theme can be accessed through the green panel on the Engineering section of  www.curriculumonline.ie.

  • Post Date: 25 May 2022

    JCt4 Summer Newsletters 2022  

    The Summer Newsletters for each of the Technology subjects are now available and may be accessed by clicking on the relevant subject link below.

    Applied Technology Newsletter

    Engineering Newsletter

    Graphics Newsletter 

    Wood Technology Newsletter 

  • Post Date: 13 May 2022

    Professional Time Resource

    The most recent professional time resource created by the JCIS team offers ideas for teachers' individual and collaborative reflective practice. This Individual-Collaborative Reflective Practice Professional Time resource includes a Padlet and a one-page document with an explanation of each section of the Padlet. These sections are entitled Professional Reading, Professional Dialogue, Professional Learning and Professional Practice and consist of relevant readings, screencasts, PowerPoints, videos, support documents and reflective templates. This resource is located on the JCIS section of the JCT website in the Resources section under the heading Professional Time.

  • Post Date: 13 May 2022

    Music

    For all music colleagues participating in their Subject Learning and Assessment Review meeting in the coming weeks, please click our webinar 'A Shared Understanding: CBAs and the SLAR in Junior Cycle Music' for further support.

  • Post Date: 12 May 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle Summer Elective Workshops

    Hold On to the Now: A Creative Writing Workshop

    Dates: Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th June | 10.30am – 4.00pm

    Venue: Museum of Literature Ireland, Dublin

    Arts in Junior Cycle and poet and writer Colm Keegan.

    Register here.

     

    Like a River Flows Visual Art and Creative Writing Workshop

    Dates: Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June | 10.30am – 3.30pm

    Venue: Butler Gallery, Kilkenny

    Arts in Junior Cycle with visual artist Caroline Schofield and poet Lani O’Hanlon.

    Register here.

     

    Music Makers Choral and Instrumental Composition, Conducting and Group Performance Workshop

    Dates: Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th June |10.30am – 4.00pm

    Venue: Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick

    Arts in Junior Cycle with vocal coach Aisling Kenny, choral conductor Lynsey Callaghan, composer Elaine Agnew and orchestral conductor Sinead Hayes at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick.

    Register here.

     

    Contemporary Life Drawing

    Dates: Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd June |10.30am – 3.30pm

    Venue: Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts (RHA), Dublin

    Arts in Junior Cycle with visual artists Colin Martin, Dorothy Smith and Sahoko Blake in the RHA.

    Register here.

     

    Translating Theatre: A Text to Performance Workshop

    Dates: Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th June

    Day 1 Workshop 2.00pm – 4.00pm; Translations at Abbey Theatre 7.30pm

    Day 2 Workshop 10.30am – 4.00pm

    Venue: Drumcondra Education Centre

    Arts in Junior Cycle and Abbey Theatre. Workshop includes attending a performance of Lyric Theatre Belfast and Abbey Theatre’s co-production of Brian Friel’s play Translations.

    Register here.

    For more, visit our website here.

  • Post Date: 06 May 2022

    Examiners for the 2022 Examinations

    Post Primary Teachers are needed to do this vital work. Please find further information here.

  • Post Date: 06 May 2022

    Europe Day - Monday, 9th May 2022

    Subject and cross-curricular opportunities for junior cycle students

    Europe Day, a day when we celebrate being European.  For our junior cycle students there are a myriad of opportunities to engage in learning about the European Union through the lens of individual subjects. There is also the potential for teachers to collaborate with colleagues on a chosen European theme, using a cross-curricular approach, to foster a broader student engagement in learning more about Europe within a variety of subject perspectives.

    Europe Day celebrates the signing of the Schuman Declaration on the 9th May 1950, while the 10th May 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the 1972 referendum in Ireland when 81% voted in favour of joining the (then) European Economic Community. This year, Europe is also celebrating European Year of Youth.

    The JCT resources are available in the relevant subject sections of this site (under ‘Resources’). We hope you find the materials helpful and that your students enjoy discovering more about Europe and the European Union while also building on their skills, developing understanding and identifying values as part of reflecting on their learning.

  • Post Date: 05 May 2022

    SPHE Resources

    Thank you to all of the SPHE teachers for their positive engagement in our SPHE Online CPD 2021/2022 workshops. 

    Resources are available here.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    Post-Primary SPHE/RSE Teachers

    Minister Foley announces initiative to provide a new postgraduate upskilling programme for post-primary SPHE/RSE teachers. Find detail of the press release by clicking here.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    Parents’ Information Leaflet – Russian

    Junior Cycle Information for Parents of Post-Primary Students is available in Russian at the following link.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    Parents’ Information Leaflet – Ukranian

    Junior Cycle Information for Parents of Post-Primary Students is available in Ukrainian at the following link.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    WWGS

    The WorldWise Global Schools Grant Call 2022/2023 is now open. School grants of €500 (starter schools) & up to €900 (established schools) for activities related to Global Citizenship Education/Education for Sustainable Development are available. The deadline is May 13th. Register your interest at the following link.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    Circular 0027/2022

    The new Digital Strategy for Schools 2021-2027, which will build on the progress made under the previous Digital Strategy, will be underpinned by an investment of some €200m included in the National Development Plan 2021-2030. Please find a link to the circular here.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    Circular 0011/2022

    Policy on Gaeltacht Education 2017-2022: Post-primary schools in Gaeltacht language-planning areas participating in the Gaeltacht school recognition scheme: Ongoing implementation of the Scheme (2022 - 2024). School authorities can access the circular published on 26th April 2022 by clicking this link.

  • Post Date: 27 April 2022

    Circular 0030/2022

    Arrangements for Inspectorate Engagement with Post-Primary Schools - April to June 2022. Please find link to circular here.

  • Post Date: 26 April 2022

    Graphics Student Exhibition

    The JCt4 Graphics team in partnership with the  Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI)  is accepting final submissions for the Creativity is intelligence having fun exhibition.

    Click on the poster below to get further details of this year’s exhibition and how your students can participate. For further details and updates, please keep an eye on Twitter @JCt4ed and @RIAIonline.

  • Post Date: 08 April 2022

    MFL

    The presentation from the MFL SOLE elective workshop, “Formative Assessment in the Modern Foreign Languages Classroom” which was held recently has been uploaded to the MFL section of JCT’s website and is available at  this link.

  • Post Date: 07 April 2022

    Music

    All cluster day materials from our recent workshop entitled ‘Connectedness in Junior Cycle Music’ are now available to download from our website. To access click here

  • Post Date: 05 April 2022

    Education for Sustainable Development Newsletter

    The Department of Education’s 6th Edition newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be viewed by clicking on this link

  • Post Date: 24 March 2022

    MFL

    The resources associated with our recent elective workshop titled Oral Communication in Junior Cycle MFL: Sharing learning from classroom experience & supporting our students towards Classroom-Based Assessment 1, can be found by clicking on this link.  This workshop is to support teachers in developing the skill of oral communication in the Junior Cycle MFL classroom. 

  • Post Date: 23 March 2022

    Spring Online Learning Event 2022

    Our *SPRING ONLINE LEARNING EVENT* will run from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th April 2022. Teachers can register to attend one or more of our 16 online events to be broadcast that week. A wide range of subjects/topics to choose from. Register today via the links on our Online Learning Events Page

  • Post Date: 16 March 2022

    JCT Newsletter- JCToday

    The latest edition of JCToday Newsletter is available to view here

  • Post Date: 15 March 2022

    Management Resource Hours Newsletter (Issue 7)     

    Issue 7 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 

  • Post Date: 14 March 2022

    Spring Online Learning Event 2022

    Our *SPRING ONLINE LEARNING EVENT* will run from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th April 2022. Teachers can register to attend one or more of our 16 online events to be broadcast that week. A wide range of subjects/topics to choose from. Register today via the links on our Online Learning Events Page 

  • Post Date: 14 March 2022

    English

    The Department of Education has published the new English 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

    Step Up Project Launch

    Thank you to all who attended the launch of the Step Up website yesterday. The project story of the SSE journey of 9 schools is told in the videos, podcast, school reports and composite report on http://stepupproject.ie

  • Post Date: 14 February 2022

    JCt4 Newsletters Spring 2022

    The Spring newsletters for each of the Technology subjects are now available and may be accessed by clicking on the relevant subject link below.

    Applied Technology Newsletter Spring 2022

    Engineering Newsletter Spring 2022

    Graphics Newsletter Spring 2022

    Wood Technology Newsletter Spring 2022

  • Post Date: 11 February 2022

    MFL

    Please be advised that our current CPD day and all of the associated resources have been uploaded to the website and are available by clicking here.

  • Post Date: 10 February 2022

    JCt4 in conversation with GMIT Letterfrack (Part two)

    The JCt4 Wood Technology team were delighted to recently record a two-part podcast with GMIT Letterfrack Head of Department, Paul Leamy for the latest episode of the ‘Hands On’ podcast series. 

    In part two of this recording, Paul talks about the need for responsible use of wood, developing transferable skills with students and how GMIT Letterfrack has developed its facilities to include converting and seasoning their own timber for use in student projects. 

    You can listen to the full podcast by clicking here or on the image below.

  • Post Date: 10 February 2022

    Junior Cycle Examination Timetable 2022

    The Department of Education has published the timetable for the 2022 State Exams for Junior Cycle. A copy can be accessed by clicking here or by clicking on the image below.

  • Post Date: 03 February 2022

    Department of Education Announcement on 1st February 2022 about the 2022 State Examinations

    Following a Government decision, the Minister for Education Norma Foley TD on 1st February announced that the Junior Cycle examinations will take place this summer, for the first time since 2019. You can read the full arrangements for Junior Cycle here

  • Post Date: 02 February 2022

    English

    The latest episode from the JCT English 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. 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: 28 January 2022

    Management Resource Hours Newsletter (Issue 5)  

    Issue 5 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: 26 January 2022

    JCt4 in conversation with GMIT Letterfrack (Part one)

    The JCt4 Wood Technology team were delighted to recently record a two-part podcast with GMIT Letterfrack Head of Department, Paul Leamy for the latest episode of the ‘Hands On’ podcast series. In part one of this recording, Paul talks about the joy of designing and making with wood and the importance of developing the key principles of hand skills at GMIT Letterfrack, the National Centre for Excellence in Furniture Design and Technology.   You can listen to the full podcast by clicking here or on the image below.

  • Post Date: 19 January 2022

    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: 12 January 2022

    JCAD

    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: 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: 17 December 2021

    Religious Education

    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: 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

  • Post Date: 09 December 2021

    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

    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

    Daniel Gill Podcast Image

  • Post Date: 17 November 2021

    Music

    The NCCA have published updated Assessment Guidelines for the Classroom-based Assessments dated November 2021. 

    To access please click here 

  • 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: 19 October 2021

    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

    English

    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

    Technology

    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

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  • 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: 29 September 2021

    Management Resource Hours Newsletter

    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

  • 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.

  • Post Date: 28 September 2021

    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: 20 September 2021

    L1LPs/L2LPs

    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: 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

  • Post Date: 09 March 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

  • Post Date: 09 March 2021

    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: 04 November 2020

    Visual Arts

    The themes for CBA 1: From Process to Realisation 2020/21 can be found on www.curriculumonline.ie and here.

  • Post Date: 04 November 2020

    Home Economics

    Food Literacy Skills Examination Assignment Briefs are now available on www.examinations.ie or here.

  • Post Date: 04 November 2020

    SEC sample papers for Final Assessment are now available for the following subjects:

    Geography

    History

    Home Economics

    Mathematics Higher Level 

    Mathematics Ordinary Level

    Music

  • Post Date: 25 September 2020

    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: 03 December 2018

    Please find attached a handbook and appendices for schools to assist in the issuing of the JCPA

    here...

    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 jcpa@education.gov.ie.  Please ensure you quote your school name and roll number in all correspondence”.

  • 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: 25 May 2018

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