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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
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-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.
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.
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.
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
JCT is currently recruiting to fill Advisor positions across the following 7 curricular areas for the school year 2022/2023;
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
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.
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
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:
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Parents’ Information Leaflet – Russian
Junior Cycle Information for Parents of Post-Primary Students is available in Russian at the following link.
Parents’ Information Leaflet – Ukranian
Junior Cycle Information for Parents of Post-Primary Students is available in Ukrainian at the following link.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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: 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: 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
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: 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
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.
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
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: 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: 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: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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