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  • Post Date: 17 May 2021

    VACANCIES FOR POST OF DIRECTOR IN EDUCATION CENTRES

    There is a full time secondment opportunity for the position of Director in Blackrock Education Centre.  Application form and full criteria for the position are available to download at this link
    There is a full time secondment opportunity for the position of Director in Dublin West Education Centre.  Application form and full criteria for the position are available to download at this link
    Closing date for both positions is: 3pm on Thursday 20 May 2021

  • 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

  • Post Date: 10 May 2021

    The Department of Education's 3rd Edition newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can viewed by clicking on this link

  • Post Date: 28 April 2021

    Graphics teachers are asked to submit work on their students behalf for The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) exhibition. The Good Design in Everyday Life  exhibition is open to students studying Junior Cycle Graphics.

    Details of the exhibition and how to submit student work is available here.

  • 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: 20 April 2021

    JCToday Newsletter April 2021 is now available.

    Live version here

    Previous issues here

  • Post Date: 20 April 2021

    To celebrate Tech Week 2021, the JCt4 Team have generated a series of Digital Activities Cards with the theme of technology in society. You can find these resources in the Applied Technology section at the following link: Digital Technology Supports 

  • Post Date: 25 March 2021

    Modern Foreign Languages have uploaded a new resource “Fastest Fingers First: Energisers” to the website. Here is the link: LINK

  • Post Date: 23 March 2021

    The JCT Leadership webinar, in conjunction with the NCCA, on The Junior Cycle Wellbeing programme 2021 – a panel discussion on the updated Wellbeing Guidelines, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday 24th March, has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date.

  • Post Date: 19 March 2021

    JCT is pleased to announce details of our Spring 2021 elective CPD Online Learning Event. 20+ new online events to choose from, something for everyone.  Workshops are expected to fill up fast so early booking is advised. Workshops details can be found at this LINK

  • Post Date: 16 March 2021

    All materials and resources from our Music cluster day 'Putting it All Together; Teaching, Learning Assessment and Reporting in Junior Cycle Music' are available at this link.

    Workshop Materials

    Resources for PLE 2020/2021 

  • Post Date: 15 March 2021

    The JCt4 Graphics team is delighted to be partnering with The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) who are offering an opportunity to students studying Junior Cycle Graphics to participate in the Good Design in Everyday Life exhibition.

    Full details of the exhibition are available on the RIAI website.

  • Post Date: 12 March 2021

    Our STE(A)M in Junior Cycle workshops are currently being offered online. These are a series of new and innovative workshops developed in collaboration with a wide range of high profile partners. Register your attendance at this link STE(A)M Online Elective CPD

  • Post Date: 12 March 2021

    Modern Foreign Languages have uploaded interactive placemats and interactive writing frames for the 5WH strategy, available at the following links: 

    Interactive Placements  5WH Strategy 

  • 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: 08 March 2021

    Do you want to explore Strand 2 of the CSPE Short Course?

    Here is the second of three screencasts. Many thanks to our CSPE Associates. It can be accessed here.

  • Post Date: 08 March 2021

    Applications are now open for Play, Create, Perform! This series of online performing arts workshops has been developed in partnership with Youth Theatre Ireland and is open to Junior Cycle teachers of all subject disciplines. Places are limited. Register on www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • Post Date: 05 March 2021

    JCT is currently recruiting to fill full-time teacher secondment posts for the 2021/2022 school year. Closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday,18th March at 3pm. Full details can be found on www.jct.ie, recruitment section 

  • Post Date: 24 February 2021

    Ireland Reads is a new national day to celebrate reading. This public libraries' initiative, under the Government's 'Keep Well' campaign, asks us all to 'Squeeze in a read' on Thursday 25th February. You can find resources on the Ireland Reads website and your students can 'Take the pledge' about the time they will spend reading at irelandreads.ie

  • Post Date: 22 February 2021

    The Department of Education’s second edition of their Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Newsletter is now available via the link below. 

    ESD Newsletter

  • Post Date: 08 February 2021

    Applications are now open for our second round of Style & Purpose: Developing your Voice. This series of online writing workshops has been developed in partnership with Poetry Ireland and is open to Junior Cycle teachers of all subject disciplines. Places are limited. Register on: www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • Post Date: 02 February 2021

    What's Your Story? in collaboration with PPLI is back! Elective workshop being facilitated to support teachers with digital storytelling in MFL. To book your place, go to Digital Story Telling 2021:What's Your Story

  • Post Date: 26 January 2021

    JCToday Newsletter Jan 2021 is now available.

    Live version here 

    Previous issues here

  • Post Date: 16 January 2021

    School Leadership Online CPD begins on the 25th of January focussing on Leading a Student-centred approach to Assessment.

     Click here to watch a short video on the content and structure of the CPD.

    Register at www.jctregistration.ie

  • Post Date: 11 December 2020

    Online Subject CPD

    JCT online subject CPD workshops commence on 6th January and run until 22 March 2021. This short video gives teachers an idea of what to expect. Check it out today!

    Online Subject CPD Video

  • Post Date: 30 November 2020

    A recording of the recent Webinar: Philosophical Inquiry and the Critically Engaged Classroom can be accessed here

  • Post Date: 30 November 2020

    Do you want to explore Strand 1 of the CSPE Short Course?

    Here is the first of three screencasts. Many thanks to our CSPE Associates. It can be accessed here.

  • Post Date: 27 November 2020

    Episodes one and two of Modern Foreign Languages’ podcast series MFL Shoptalk are available here.

  • Post Date: 27 November 2020

    RE webinar, Preparing for Classroom Based Assessment 1, will take place on Wednesday 2nd December at 7pm. It is a great opportunity to recap on the CBA process and to ask questions. Register here to join us live and to receive a link to the recording of the webinar. Click here  

  • Post Date: 23 November 2020

    Circular 0076/2020

    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: 20 November 2020

    Music

    "Junior Cycle Music Sample Paper: An Exploration" will take place online on Tuesday 24th November from 4.30pm - 5.30pm. This will be an opportunity to share and facilitate discussion on the State Examinations Commission published Music Sample Paper.

    To pre-register click here

  • Post Date: 20 November 2020

    Leadership Webinar

    On Wednesday the 25 November 11.30am to 12.30pm, there will be a webinar exploring the key changes in the circular 0076/2020 for the school year 2020/21. More information here.  Register here

  • 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: 18 November 2020

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    Arts in Junior Cycle is delighted to offer DesignCIRCLE, a new elective initiative in partnership with the Design & Craft Council Ireland (DCCI). DesignCIRCLE is an opportunity for Visual Art teachers to engage in an online community of practice with professional designer makers. Register on: www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie 

  • Post Date: 05 November 2020

    Modern Foreign Languages

    An information leaflet on formative assessment has been published. Click here.

    First podcast episode, Supporting Student Engagement in the Physically Distanced JC MFL Classroom, is available here.  

    Chatterbox: Strategies and Tools for Encouraging Oral Communication in the Physically Distanced MFL Classroom is available here.

  • Post Date: 04 November 2020

    Arts in Junior Cycle we are delighted to offer online elective workshops coming up this month.   Click here for more details. Click here for more details on ‘Class Acts’.

    To book your place, go to our website: www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie   

  • 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: 22 October 2020

    New Podcast

    Title: Conversations Episode 1 Keeping the Learning Active in 2020 and Beyond. Four teachers discussing their experiences of teaching and learning during the period of school closure and what active learning now looks like in their physically distanced classrooms. Click here

  • Post Date: 21 October 2020

    JCToday Oct 2020 

    JCToday Newsletter October 2020 is now available.  

    Live version here… 

    Previous issues here… 

  • Post Date: 19 October 2020

    The Resource In the Spotlight from JCT Science this week is ‘Assessing for Understanding’ which discusses some diagnostic questions from the BEST website as a way to explore student understanding. Click here 

  • Post Date: 19 October 2020

    The JCt4 team would like to thank all the teachers who attended our recent webinars. Recordings and supporting resources are available now.

    Engineering here

    Wood Technology here

    Applied Technology here

    Graphics here

  • Post Date: 09 October 2020

    JCT is hosting a series of online learning events for teachers across 2 weeks, 19th to 22nd Oct and 2nd to 5th of Nov. More information here

    Register here

  • Post Date: 09 October 2020

    Acmhainní Gaeilge

    Tá an dara cuid den tsraith 'Feidhmchláir Teagaisc agus Foghlama' ar fáil anois chun tacú le múinteoirí maidir le taifid, aiseolas, físghabhálacha scáileáin agus tuilleadh nach iad. Gliogáil anseo chun teacht ar an acmhainn.

  • Post Date: 07 October 2020

    The JCt4 Team have recently launched a Podcast playlist titled ‘Hands On’. This playlist is available through the Junior Cycle Talks channel  on Soundcloud, click here

  • Post Date: 07 October 2020

    Leadership Webinar, Mon 12th October, 4.30-5.30 pm

    ‘Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle 2020/21’ More information here....

    Resources supporting planning for Classroom-Based Assessments will be available during the webinar. Register here...

  • Post Date: 06 October 2020

    SEC have published Guidelines for Junior Cycle Home Economics Food Literacy Skills Circular 2021. Click here

  • Post Date: 06 October 2020

    New Science Supports

    ‘Reconnecting Students with Learning’ is a short video to consider how to assist our students in moving forward with their learning. Click here 

    ‘Working like a scientist’ is a new resource. It looks to support students in being safe when carrying out science practical work, wherever that may occur. Click here 

  • Post Date: 05 October 2020

    Arts in Junior Cycle in partnership with Fighting Words is pleased to announce the launch of Visions and Revisions: A Collection of New Writing by Junior Cycle teachers. The collection is the culmination of the POW! - Portfolio of Writing project 2019-2020 which took place Nov 2019 to June 2020.   Copies of the book are available at your local Education Centre.  To support the launch of Vision and Revision, a series of three podcasts have been released. You can listen to them here

  • Post Date: 01 October 2020

    Home Economics Webinar, Thurs 8th Oct at 5pm, titled Supporting students as owners of their own learning, CBA 2 and beyond, register here...

  • Post Date: 28 September 2020

    We are delighted to be working with Athlone Education Centre to provide an introductory session on the L1LPs/L2LPs on the 8th October, 7.30pm – 8.30pm. Book here...

  • 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.

  • Post Date: 25 September 2020

    Report on early enactment of Junior Cycle Business Studies and Science published by the NCCA. Click here...

  • Post Date: 25 September 2020

    The JCt4 team will be broadcasting live webinars in relation to Classroom-Based Assessment 1 in each of the Technology subjects. These webinars will include opportunities for audience input. Please click here for details of dates, times and registration links.

  • Post Date: 25 September 2020

    Gaeilge

    Tá teimpléad pleanála idirghníomhach T1 & T2, chomh maith le físghabháil scáileáin bunaithe ar an teimpléad, ar fáil ar ár suíomh anseo chun cabhrú leis an bpleanáil roinne. 

  • Post Date: 24 September 2020

    SPHE Webinar, Tues 29th September at 7.30 pm

    This webinar is in collaboration with NEPS and the NCCA and is entitled Teacher Experience in the SPHE Classroom using NCCA Resources and NEPS Advice on Returning to School.  Click here... to register

  • Post Date: 24 September 2020

    The JCT Home Economics Team have collaborated with the CCPC to develop an online interactive Unit of Learning, Me and My Money.  More information here....

  • Post Date: 22 September 2020

    Space Education Conference

    JCT Science is pleased to partner ESERO Ireland and CIT/Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) for our annual Space Education Conference by live stream on Saturday 26th September. More here...

  • Post Date: 22 September 2020

    CSPE Teaching and Learning support about controversial issues in the CSPE Short Course is now available online here...  Civil Liberty, Interdependence, Democracy, Social Media, Rights and Responsibilities, Climate Change.....

  • Post Date: 22 September 2020

    The JCt4 Team have developed resources for use in the physically distanced classroom in the subjects of Applied Technology, Engineering, Graphics and Wood Technology.  They are available for download in the Resources section of the Technologies Section

  • Post Date: 18 September 2020

    How To Play It Safe

    In supporting our music teachers and school leaders in keeping our young people safe, here is an infographic on 'How to Play it Safe' in our music classrooms. Click here...

  • Post Date: 17 September 2020

    New Home Economics Supports

     - A short video clip titled Returning to School Guidance 2020, click here...

     - Classroom posters titled Working Together to Stay Safe in Food Studies, click here...

  • Post Date: 16 September 2020

    JCT STE(A)M

    The JCT STE(A)M in Junior Cycle team are delighted to announce that one of our partners in this initiative have received an award for this collaboration.  Congratulations to all our BIAZA collection partners.  More 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: 16 September 2020

    Visual Art

    An Infographic - Working Together to Stay Safe in the Visual Art Classroom can be found here... 

  • Post Date: 16 September 2020

    Leadership Webinar, Tues 22nd of Sept, 7pm – 8pm,

    A discussion with School leaders- ‘Reflecting on our experiences during school closure & setting priorities for learning in 2020/21’, click here... for more information. Key messages in the guidance documents from the Dept of Education and setting priorities for learning in 2020/21 will be discussed. Click here to register. 

  • Post Date: 15 September 2020

    Second Teaching Subject Supports 2019/2020

    JCT launches Second Teaching Subject online supports and materials here...

  • Post Date: 11 September 2020

    NCCA revised arrangements for the completion of CBAs, including key dates for both 2nd and 3rd Years can be found here...

  • Post Date: 11 September 2020

    Junior Cycle History Wednesday Webinar Series

    These webinars will be of interest to teachers who will be teaching Junior Cycle History for the first time in 2020/21.  Please note this series was previously broadcast in May 2020 

    An Introduction to the Junior Cycle History Specification, Wed Sept 16, 2020 7:00pm, register here 

    Collaborative and classroom planning for First-Year Junior Cycle History, Wed Sept 23, 2020 7:00pm, register here 

    Planning for and assessing the Junior Cycle 'big picture' learning outcomes​, Wed Sept 30, 2020 7:00pm, register here 

  • Post Date: 10 September 2020

    #JCt4Tuesdays 

    The JCt4 Team over the coming weeks will be sharing digital/online technologies and useful websites which may interest you and your students. Our weekly resources will be hosted on our website under Resources in the Technologies section and will be released each Tuesday via our Twitter account @JCt4ed with the hashtag #JCt4Tuesdays. Please click here for the first of these resources. 

     

  • Post Date: 04 September 2020

    SPHE-Webinar

    The Webinar SPHE Teaching Supports for the Return to School  jointly developed by JCT, NEPS and the NCCA is available here. This Webinar was originally broadcast on Thursday 3rd September.

  • Post Date: 02 September 2020

    SPHE Webinar

    On Thursday evening (3rd September at 7.30PM) JCT will host a joint NEPS/NCCA/JCT Webinar entitled “SPHE Teaching Supports for the Return to School.” The registration link is here.

    This Webinar will be of interest to SPHE teachers, members of a school’s Wellbeing Committee and school-leaders.

  • Post Date: 31 August 2020

    Supporting the Wellbeing of School Communities as Schools Reopen: Guidance for Schools can be found here …

  • Post Date: 26 August 2020

    Return to School Guidance for Practical Subjects in Post Primary Schools and Centres for Education can be found here…  

  • Post Date: 23 August 2020

    Assessment Arrangements for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate Examinations 2021 can be found here.....

  • Post Date: 28 July 2020

    Reopening Schools: Considerations in planning for Junior Cycle Wellbeing 2020 are available here... 

  • Post Date: 28 July 2020

    Reopening Schools: SPHE back to school supports are available here...

  • Post Date: 28 July 2020

    Reopening Schools: Guidance from the Department of Education and Skills is available here...

  • Post Date: 18 May 2020

    Update re CBAs here....

  • Post Date: 07 May 2020

    The Webinar from the National Educational Psychological Service "Supporting Wellbeing in the School Community during Covid 19" is available to view here...

  • Post Date: 22 April 2020

    Contact details for JCT Whole-School CPD Regional Team Leaders here...

  • Post Date: 21 April 2020

    L1LPs/L2LPs Newsletter

    The latest L1LPs/L2LPs Newsletter and Padlet Resource list can be found here...

  • Post Date: 15 April 2020

    Postponement of the Leaving Certificate and Junior Cycle Examinations

    Inc Frequently Asked Questions

    Details here...

  • Post Date: 15 April 2020

    Minister McHugh Announces Postponement of State Examinations.

    Details here...

  • Post Date: 12 March 2020

    ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING JCT FACE-TO-FACE CPD WORKSHOPS

    All core & elective face-to-face CPD workshops scheduled by JCT to take place in Education Centres, and other locations, between 13th and 29th March 2020 inclusive are cancelled. 

  • 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: 21 November 2019

    Wellbeing Commonly Asked Questions document can be viewed here...

  • Post Date: 18 November 2019

    The ETBI Journal of Education is now available as an online digital production. Please click here...

  • 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: 10 May 2019

    We have now updated our planning document for CBAs in the Leadership section of our Website. It is to be read in conjunction with the NCCA document, Key dates for Classroom-Based Assessments 2019/2020.

    Both documents are available 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: 12 December 2017

    Professional Time / Am Gairmiúil

    here...

  • Post Date: 25 May 2018

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