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  • Post Date: 20 May 2022

    PART-TIME OPPORTUNITIES WITH JCT

    JCT currently has a number of part-time Associate opportunities nationally in the areas of:

    • Business Studies
    • English
    • Geography
    • History
    • Music
    • Religious Education
    • Science
    • Technologies (Applied Technology, Wood Technology, Engineering, Graphics)

    Further details including full job description and application form are available on our recruitment pages.

    These positions are open to practicing and recently retired teachers and school leaders.  We welcome applications from teachers who teach any subject through the medium of Irish, or who have fluent Irish, to work with us in our support of Irish-medium schools.

    Closing date for applications is 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 3rd June 2022

  • Post Date: 20 May 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. English

    E.A.M. Mathematics

    E.A.M Home Economics

    Closing Date – 02/06/2022

  • Post Date: 19 May 2022

    Content and Language Integrated Learning

    English-medium post-primary schools are invited to express interest in participating in year two of a three-year pilot to use the Content and Language Integrated Learning approach to teach Irish and another subject. Apply here.

    Interested schools should complete the Application Form online no later than close of business on Wednesday 8th June.

  • Post Date: 17 May 2022

    National Drawing Day – Saturday 21st May

    Every year, the National Gallery of Ireland, together with dozens of museums, galleries, libraries and cultural organisations from all over the island of Ireland, encourage people to get drawing on National Drawing Day.  The range of events include sketching workshops and activities which align very well with the Technologies subjects and are appropriate for all levels of engagement.

    Click here or on the image below  to view a list of the partner organisation that are hosting events and workshops this year for National Drawing Day.

  • 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

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    NEW! Prisms: Exploring key skills through drama

    Arts in Junior Cycle with choreographer, dance and drama facilitator Mary Farrelly

    Saturday, 21st May 2022 10.30 am – 1:00 pm

    Venue: The Garage Theatre, Monaghan Education Campus

    Step into the theatre with Mary Farrelly, as she leads this exploration of selected junior cycle key skills through the prism of drama.

    Open to teachers from all subjects, this exciting new in-person workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in drama in a safe, supportive and experiential space.  

    Participants will explore selected junior cycle key skills such as Being Creative, Working with Others and Communicating through a range of workshop activities, including warm-up games, physical theatre/ensemble techniques and storytelling. 

    Places are strictly limited. Register here

    For more, go to www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • 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: 05 May 2022

    NCCA Vacancy

    The NCCA wishes to appoint five Education Officers in support of its work in the review and redevelopment of the Post-Primary School Curriculum, across the areas of:

    • Special Education Needs (Post -Primary)
    • Science-Chemistry and Biology (Post-Primary)
    • Post-Primary Developments

    Information booklet available here.

    Application form is available to download here.

    Closing date: 12 noon Friday, 20th May, 2022.

  • Post Date: 28 April 2022

    Recruitment (Director, Clare Education Centre) 

    Relevant Application Form and Job Description is available by clicking here.  

    Note: Closing date, 9th May 2022. 

  • Post Date: 28 April 2022

    Recruitment (Director, Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre) 

    Relevant Application Form and Job Description is available by clicking here.  

    Note: Closing date, 12th May 2022. 

  • 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: 01 April 2022

    JCt4 Spring Online Learning Events 2022

    Our Spring Online Learning Events will run from Monday 4th to Thursday 7th April 2022. For more information about these events including registration details please click on the individual subject links or on the image of the poster below.

    Wood Technology: Let's get Carving!

    Engineering: Displaying Creativity in Engineering

    Graphics: Adapting existing interactive resources for the Graphics classroom

    Applied Technology: Exploring how elements of a design journey come to life in Applied Technology

  • Post Date: 29 March 2022

    Laser Cutting CPD

    We are delighted to announce that in collaboration with GMIT Letterfrack, we will be offering a series of online CPD workshops exploring Laser Cutting in the Junior Cycle Technologies subjects.

    This online CPD is open to all teachers of Junior Cycle Applied Technology, Engineering, Graphics, and Wood Technology. The events will include live and recorded demonstrations on drawing software, advice on machine settings, exploration of various materials which can be used with a laser cutter, as well as opportunities to share practice with fellow teachers. Further details can be seen here, outlining the kind of areas which will be explored in the workshops.

    If you would like to express an interest in registering for these workshops please click here.

  • Post Date: 25 March 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    NEW! Onstage

    Arts in Junior Cycle with Youth Theatre Ireland and Ruth Lehane

    Saturday 2nd April 2022 10.30am – 3.30pm

    Venue: Drumcondra Education Centre

    Arts in Junior Cycle with Youth Theatre Ireland and award-winning actress, movement director and performance coach Ruth Lehane, present Onstage, an in-person physical theatre workshop open to Junior Cycle teachers from all subject disciplines.

    This exciting new workshop offers participants the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in physical theatre in a safe, supportive and experiential space.  

    Places are strictly limited. Register here.

    For more, go to www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • 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: 22 March 2022

    National Tree Week 2022

    National Tree Week 2022 takes place from Sunday, 20th March – Saturday, 26th March and its aim is to promote and celebrate all things trees.  Junior Cycle for Teachers, in partnership with the Tree Council of Ireland, have created an exciting National Tree Week challenge, encouraging teachers and students to promote biodiversity in their school or local area. Further details on this challenge may be found by clicking here or on the image of the poster below.  In tandem, the Tree Council of Ireland have compiled a programme of events taking place throughout the country and this list can be found here. Do you need any activity ideas? The Tree Council of Ireland has collated a list of activities that you might like to carry out with your students. These can be found here.

  • Post Date: 16 March 2022

    JCT Newsletter- JCToday

    The latest edition of JCToday Newsletter is available to view here

  • Post Date: 16 March 2022

    Leadership

    JCT Leadership Team elective event – ‘Planning the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme – A Live Q&A’

    The JCT Leadership team will host an online live Q&A session on ‘Planning the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme’ on Wednesday 23rd March 11.30am -12.30pm.

    This online event will involve a brief input from school leaders, JCT team leaders and advisors on planning for September 2022 followed by a chance to ask questions and discuss issues arising.

    Due to the interactive nature of the event attendance numbers will be limited. Register now via the online learning events button at www.jct.ie

  • 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

    Recruitment

    JCT are currently recruiting to fill a number of full-time secondment positions including:

    Deputy Director

    Team Leader

    Advisor

    These positions are open to practising teachers. Check our Recruitment Page for details. Closing date 25th March at 5pm

  • 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: 10 March 2022

    Business Studies Community of Practice

    The Junior Cycle Business Studies Team are delighted to announce a series of face-to-face workshops in collaboration with ESCI during March and April. These workshops will run over two nights to help establish Communities of Practice in your local area. The focus of these Communities of Practice will be to identify and develop focus areas that may form your Business Studies Department Plan and contribute to your School Improvement Plan.  

    Please see details of your local Community of Practice and how to register by clicking "Read More".

  • Post Date: 08 March 2022

    SLAR Workshops

    JCT will facilitate a number of elective online SLAR Participant and SLAR Facilitator Workshops in March. These are repeats of the workshops run in October 2021.  Please see details of dates and how to register on the graphic below.

  • Post Date: 21 February 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    Booking is now open to teachers of all subjects for these arts elective workshops coming up in March.

    Opera Club - Tuesday 1st March 7.00pm - 8.15pm

    Our final Opera Club features actor, writer and director Hugh O’Conor. Hosted by mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty, Hugh will share insights into his role in the film Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.   Register here

    Style & Purpose - Wedneday 9th March 7.30pm – 8.30pm

    Style & Purpose, our popular online writing workshop series developed with Poetry Ireland, is back! Participants are placed into small groups based on the writing genre they are interested in exploring, facilitated by a professional writer.  For Spring 2022, we have:

    Short Story with Kevin McDermott

    Poetry with Gerry Hanberry

    Screenwriting with Richie Conroy

    Non-Fiction with Catherine Ann Cullen

    Register here

    NEW! Writing our Place - Tuesday 22nd March 6.30pm - 8.30pm

    We have partnered with Fighting Words to present this new series of online writing workshops. Writing our Place provides participants with space and a place to explore their creativity with the support of Fighting Words volunteer mentors.

    A key aspect of Writing our Place is a facilitated walk on Saturday 26th March along the Royal Canal from Broombridge in Cabra to the Fighting Words Centre on Russell Street, Dublin 1.

    During the series, we will be joined by writer Patrick Freyne, photographer Hugh McElveen and Creative Director, Five Lamps Festival Róisín Lonergan.

    Dates and Times

    Tuesday 22nd March  6.30pm - 8.30pm Introductory workshop   

    Saturday 26th March 10.00am - 1.00pm Facilitated walk along Royal Canal to Fighting Words Centre

    Wednesday 6th April 6.30pm - 8.30pm - workshop

    Wedneday 27th April 6.30pm - 8.30pm - workshop

    Thursday 5th May 6.30pm - 8.30pm - workshop

    Register here

    For more, visit our website www.artsinjuniorcycle.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

    Science

    JCT Science team Online Learning Event, ‘Developing Students for an Extended Experimental Investigation – Moving Towards CBA 1’ is on  Tuesday the 15th of February at 7pm. Places are filling up fast and it will book out quickly. This event is designed to support teachers who are new to the process of developing their students in engaging with the skills needed for an Extended Experimental Investigation. Register using the link below:

    Developing Students for an Extended Experimental Investigation – Moving Towards CBA 1

  • 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: 08 February 2022

    Creating Effective Learning Experiences for Junior Cycle History

    The JCT History team will host an online elective workshop on Wednesday 16th February 2022 from 7:00 - 8:30pm. This workshop will give teachers an opportunity to re-engage with planning for their own student context in Junior Cycle History. Please register here.

  • 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: 01 February 2022

    Mathematics: Preparing for CBA2 (Statistical Investigation)

    The JCT Maths team will be hosting an online webinar this Thursday, 3rd February from 7-8 pm. The purpose of this webinar is to offer some support for mathematics teachers preparing for Classroom-Based Assessment 2: Statistical Investigation and the Subject Learning and Assessment Review Meeting. The webinar is delivered in three parts: 1. Teaching, Learning and Language of Statistics 2. Classroom-Based Assessment 2 and Formative Feedback 3. Procedures for Teachers before, during and after CBA2. Register by clicking here

  • Post Date: 01 February 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    NEW for February 2022 - Junior Cycle Short Course Support

    Coding, Artistic Performance & Digital Media Literacy

    Arts in Junior Cycle present three new online elective workshops designed to support engagement with the Junior Cycle short courses in Coding, Artistic Performance and Digital Media Literacy.

     

    Creative Coding:  Arts in Junior Cycle with Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software.

    Date: Monday 15th  February  7 pm – 8.30 pm

    Register here

     

    Making Ideas Happen: Exploring the Creative Process in Artistic Performance:  Arts in Junior Cycle with Dave Kelly, National Training Co-ordinator, Youth Theatre Ireland.

    Date: Wednesday 16th February 7 pm – 8.15 pm

    Register here

     

    Checking the Facts : Arts in Junior Cycle with Dr. Ricardo Castellini da Silva, of Media Aware.

    Date: Thursday 17th February 7 pm – 8.30pm

    Register here

  • Post Date: 01 February 2022

    Science: Developing Students for an 'Extended Experimental Investigation' - Moving towards CBA 1

    The JCT Science team will be hosting an online webinar on Tuesday 15th February from 7.00-8.15 pm.  This webinar will offer support for teachers who are new or just starting the journey of developing their students for an Extended Experimental Investigation.

    Register by clicking here.

  • 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: 24 January 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle Workshops

    See below for online arts elective workshops taking place 24 – 27 Jan 2022:

    Monday 24 January 7pm – 8.15pm

    A Splash That Goes Unnoticed with poet and writer Colm Keegan.  Join us for the first in a series of three spoken word workshops looking at turning the everyday into art.

    Monday 24 January 7pm – 8.15pm

    Opera Club with INO and hosted by mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty.  Our Opera Club series continues. This week we focus on The Lighthouse. Our special guest is bass singer John Molloy.

    Tuesday 25 January 5pm – 6pm

    Writing with Pictures: Cartooning Workshop Series with cartoonist Luke Healy.  Develop your skills in cartooning in the first of three workshops.

    Thursday 27 January 7pm – 8pm

    Quiet Leadership with conductor Sinead Hayes.  Explore Junior Cycle Key Skills through the lens of conducting in the first of this two-part workshop series.

    Register for all Arts in Junior Cycle workshops here

  • Post Date: 19 January 2022

    STE(A)M

    JCT are pleased to announce that registration for STE(A)M in Junior Cycle 2022 online series has now opened. Workshops are developed in partnership with experts in the fields of STEM and the Arts, and are of interest to all teachers from all subject areas who are interested in engaging with societal issues in the context of their Junior Cycle Specifications.   Click this link or the image below to see a description of the workshops and to register.

  • 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: 18 January 2022

    Q&A event regarding the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme

    On Wednesday 19th January at 5-6pm JCT will host a live online Q&A event regarding the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme.

    This one-hour event will be suitable for teachers, school leaders, MRH teachers, JC co-ordinators, Wellbeing co-ordinators etc. in mainstream post-primary schools. A further support is being planned to cater for the specific needs of special schools relating to the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme.

    The event will begin with a very brief input from each of the panel members followed by a Q&A session where participants can ask questions and discuss issues of interest to them relating to the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Programme. This event will not be recorded and will not involve a slide presentation. We are looking forward to your participation in this event.

    Places will be limited due to the nature of the event. Please register at the link here

     

  • Post Date: 12 January 2022

    Leadership Webinar

    A leadership webinar on Circular letter 0059/2021 will take place on Thursday 20th January from 2.30-3.30pm. This online webinar will provide a brief outline for school leaders regarding the arrangements for the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle with particular reference to the school year 2021/22 as contained in the recently published circular letter 0059/2021.

    The areas addressed will be key updates for 2021/22, curriculum arrangements for Junior cycle, assessment and reporting and resources and supports.

    The link for registration is available here.

  • 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: 11 January 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle Spring 2022

    Arts in Junior Cycle have an exciting range of online arts electives coming up.  See below for workshops starting in January.

    Creative Coding Workshops

    We have partnered with LERO, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, to develop workshops supporting the Junior Cycle Short Course in Coding.

    Register for Tuesday 18th January - HTML/CSS

    Register for Tuesday 15th February - SCRATCH

    Register for Tuesday 22nd March - PYTHON

    An Introduction to Animation - 20th and 27th January, 3rd February

    Explore animation principles and practice with award-winning animator Rory Conway.  Register here

    Writing with Pictures: Cartooning Workshop Series - 25th January, 1st and 8th February

    Develop your knowledge and skills in cartooning with cartoonist and graphic novelist Luke Healy.   Register here

    Opera Club

    Our Opera Club series continues. Opera Club is a series of online elective workshops developed with Irish National Opera (INO) and hosted by mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty.

    Tuesday 11th January 2022 7pm - 8.15pm - A Thing I Cannot Name

    Monday 24th January 2022 7pm - 8.15pm - The Lighthouse

    For more, visit our website www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • Post Date: 11 January 2022

    Special School CPD

    All Special Schools should have received an email from JCT on Monday 10th of January outlining the details of L1LPs and L2LPs CPD for 2022. Schools should complete the booking form as soon as possible to secure their chosen date. CPD booking will close on Wednesday the 19th of January. Any Special School who didn’t receive the email should contact info@jct.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: 06 January 2022

    Community of Practice online meeting for teachers allocated their school’s Junior Cycle management resource hours

    The second community of practice online meeting for teachers allocated their school’s Junior Cycle management resource hours will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. The focus of this online community of practice meeting will be on JCPA Other Areas of Learning and setting up an effective CBA calendar. If you are a teacher allocated the management resource hours for your school, you can register to attend by clicking on the link below:

    Management Resource Hours Community of Practice Meeting Registration Tuesday 11.01.22

  • Post Date: 21 December 2021

    JCT Newsletter- JCToday

    The latest edition of JCToday Newsletter is available to view here or by clicking on this image below.

  • Post Date: 17 December 2021

    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: 16 December 2021

    Management Resource Hours Teacher Community of Practice  

    Our second community of practice meeting based upon the feedback from the participants who attended our first online ZOOM meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 11th, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 pm. Again, we will continue to support you with a focus upon the strategic planning of two key facets, namely, (1) Best practice in the collection of students’ “Other Areas of Learning” and (2) How to set up an effective CBA calendar. The format will be an interactive meeting with several panelists, use of breakout rooms and an opportunity for the Management Resource Hours Teachers/Junior Cycle Coordinators to meet with and share best practice. You can now register to attend by clicking on the following link: MRH Community of Practice Registration Link. Please note, as this is a reflective and interactive community of practice, the ZOOM Meeting will not be recorded.  

  • Post Date: 15 December 2021

    Junior Cycle History

    Classroom Based Assessment 2: A Life in Time

    JCT History associates are finalising their first workshop in the JCT / Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI) collaboration series. This workshop will take place in the New Year via Zoom on Monday 17th, January 2022, at 7 p.m.

    This webinar will provide information on the stages of preparing, completing and deciding a descriptor for CBA 2: A Life in Time with a focus on the student-centred process.

    Registration is now open at the following link: Registration Link

  • Post Date: 14 December 2021

    JCt4 Graphics: Geometry of Christmas

    The Graphics Team are delighted to launch a Christmas themed task for Junior Cycle Graphics students titled ‘Share the (Joy) Geometry of Christmas’. Please click on the poster below for details on how your students can engage with the task and how you can share your student’s work with us.

  • Post Date: 10 December 2021

    Upcoming Elective Workshop- Visual Art

    JCT Visual Art Associates are looking forward to their first workshop in our JCT/ESCI collaboration series. This workshop will take place via Zoom on Tuesday December 14th, 2021, at 6.30p.m. and will focus on Research and Exploration in the Visual Art classroom.

    Please join us by registering through this following zoom link- Visual Art Workshop Registration or by clicking on the poster below:

  • Post Date: 09 December 2021

    Education for Sustainable Development Newsletter

    The Department of Education’s 5th Edition Newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be viewed by clicking on this link

  • 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

    Business Studies

    The Junior Cycle Business Studies Team in collaboration with Student Enterprise Programme are hosting a webinar TONIGHT Wednesday 8th December 2021, from 7-8pm.

    This webinar will share resources for teachers and students around planning, revision, SEP competitions and much more.

    Register for this workshop by clicking on the following link: Business Studies & SEP Webinar Registration

  • 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: 11 November 2021

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    NEW! Opera Club 

    In collaboration with Irish National Opera (INO), we present Opera Club, a series of five online workshops designed to introduce Junior Cycle teachers to the kaleidoscope of professionals involved in creating the world of opera.  No knowledge of opera is required.  The series starts on 23 Nov with mezzo-soprano Sharon Carty introducing INO’s ‘20 Shots of Opera’

    Register here     More Opera Club details here 

  • Post Date: 08 November 2021

    Arts in Junior Cycle Autumn Programme 2021

    Writing our Place

    In partnership with Fighting Words, we present Writing our Place – a series of five indoor and outdoor engagements starting Sat 20 Nov with a walk along the Royal Canal, facilitated by Roisín Lonergan (creative director, Five Lamps Festival). The series takes place November 2021 - January 2022 and culminates in an exhibition of participants’ work. Places are limited to 15 participants. Register here.

    A World Made of Stories

    We also have a re-run of A World Made of Stories on Mon 15 Nov with Dr. Ricardo Castellini da Silva, (lecturer in Media Literacy Education and a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Media Literacy network). This online practical workshop explores the importance of digital stories in the classroom context. Register here.

    Creative Coding – Taster Workshop

    Join us on Tues 16 Nov for an online taster workshop in Creative Coding developed in collaboration with LERO (Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software). This hands-on workshop is designed to support Strand 1 of the Junior Cycle short course in Coding. Register here.

  • Post Date: 03 November 2021

    Technologies Sample Papers

    The State Examinations Commission (SEC) published sample examination papers (common level) for each of the suite of Technology subjects on Friday 22nd October. Please click on the relevant subjects below to access the respective sample examination paper.   

    Applied Technology Sample Paper

    Engineering Sample Paper

    Graphics Sample Paper

    Wood Technology Sample Paper

  • Post Date: 02 November 2021

    Mathematics

    The JCT Maths team are running elective in-person CPD for New and Returning Teachers of JC Mathematics. These events will take place on 8th November, 7pm-9:15pm in various education centres. Register by clicking here or by clicking on the image below.

  • Post Date: 02 November 2021

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    EXTENDED DEADLINE – Style & Purpose 

    There’s still time to sign up to Style & Purpose, our series of online writing workshops, as we’ve extended the application deadline to Monday 8 November.    Developed in partnership with Poetry Ireland, the series is open to Junior Cycle teachers from all subject disciplines. Participlaced into small writing groups with a professional writer to explore one of the following writing genres:  

    Teen Fiction

    Poetry

    Short Story

    Writing for Children

    Screenwriting

    Non-Fiction 

    Register here

  • Post Date: 21 October 2021

    Arts in Junior Cycle

    Our Arts in Junior Cycle Autumn Programme 2021 is in full swing. See below for upcoming online workshops and initiatives.

    Songwriting with Niamh Regan Thurs 4 November

    An introduction to the art and craft of songwriting with singer/songwriter Niamh Regan.  Register here...

    Style & Purpose with Poetry Ireland starts Wed 3 November

    Series of writing workshops in a chosen genre with a professional writer.  Register here...

    More information at www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie

  • Post Date: 19 October 2021

    JCT Newsletter- JCToday

    The latest edition of JCToday Newsletter is available to view here or by clicking on this image below.

  • Post Date: 19 October 2021

    Philosophy-Inquiry and Junior Cycle

    Tuesday 19th October 2021

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 

    This webinar will provide practical supports for all teachers via: 'Planning Considerations to Support Student-Centred Learning through Inquiry'.  Register via this link.

  • 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: 14 October 2021

    Leadership Webinar on updated NCCA Wellbeing Guidelines (2021)

    On Tuesday 19th October at 5pm, the JCT Leadership team will host a one hour webinar discussion around the updated NCCA Wellbeing Guidelines (2021). We will be discussing the updates included in the guidelines and the implications for school leaders when planning for an effective and relevant Junior Cycle Wellbeing programme, from 2022 onwards.  Our panel guests include:

    Annette Honan, Education Officer NCCA

    Marguerite O’Hora Deputy Principal, Dominican College, Dublin

    Ciara Byrne Team Leader JCT

    Thomas Gleeson Team Leader JCT

    Please register to attend at this link 

  • Post Date: 07 October 2021

    SLAR Elective Workshops

    JCT in collaboration with ECSI are providing elective CPD workshops on the SLAR process. The Effective Participation in the SLAR Process online CPD workshops are aimed at all teachers of Junior Cycle and are continuing to run online via Education centres next week 11-14th October, 2021. Click on the workshops linked below for further details. Effective Participation in the SLAR Process

  • Post Date: 06 October 2021

    Junior Cycle English

    JCT English are delighted to release their latest podcast with Galway author Patricia Forde. Patricia talks about the power of language and her novel “The Wordsmith” which is on the new indicative text list for First Year students 2021, 2022 and 2023. Have a listen to this and other podcasts in the series by clicking on Junior Cycle Talks  on SoundCloud, or by searching for Junior Cycle Talks wherever you listen to your podcasts.

  • Post Date: 05 October 2021

    Autumn Online Learning Events

    JCT are pleased to announce our upcoming Autumn Online Learning Events (OLE). Running from 12th to 21st October, there are more than 20 online events to choose from, something for everyone! Some of these events have limited capacity. Register for one or more now at the following registration link or by clicking on the image below.

  • Post Date: 01 October 2021

    Arts in Junior Cycle at Féilte

    The Arts in Junior Cycle team are delighted to be participating in FÉILTE 2021 Transforming Teaching in a Sustainable World on Saturday 2nd October from 10am - 4pm. Register for tickets here

  • Post Date: 29 September 2021

    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: 29 September 2021

    Arts in Junior Cycle Play, Create, Perform

    Applications are now open for Play, Create, Perform, a series of online elective performing arts workshops  developed with Youth Theatre Ireland and open to Junior Cycle teachers of all subjects. Places are limited, so register now on https://www.artsinjuniorcycle.ie/register

  • Post Date: 29 September 2021

    JCT Maths

    The JCT Maths team invite maths teachers to join them on Tuesday 5th October at 7pm for a webinar ‘Question Posing for CBA 1’. This webinar will explore strategies to help develop this skill with students and hear from a panel of teachers. Register by clicking on this link

  • Post Date: 28 September 2021

    Graphics CBA 2 Resources

    A number of newly created resources including an ‘important considerations’ document, a PowerPoint presentation with supporting interactive poster and video for CBA 2: Graphical Presentation Skills can be accessed by clicking on resources or on the graphics image below.

  • 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: 22 September 2021

    SLAR Elective Workshops

    JCT in collaboration with ECSI are providing elective CPD workshops on the SLAR process.
    These online CPD workshops are aimed at all teachers of Junior Cycle and are taking place between 4th and 14th October 2021. Click on the workshops linked below for further details. 
    •    Effective Facilitation of the SLAR Process 
    •    Effective Participation in the SLAR Process 

  • Post Date: 20 September 2021

    History

    Join the JCT History team for our first webinar of the year ‘New Year,New Students: Looking Back to Look Forward’ Register here to join this Wednesday from 7 to 8.30pm.

  • 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: 16 September 2021

    The Department of Education’s 4th Edition newsletter on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) can be viewed by clicking on this link

  • Post Date: 16 June 2021

    The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) Graphics Exhibition. The JCt4 Graphics team in collaboration with the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) is proud to showcase the student entries for “The Good Design in Everyday Life” Exhibition.  Visit the exhibition at this link.

  • Post Date: 26 May 2021

    JCToday Newsletter May 2021 is now available.

    Live version here

    Previous issues here 

  • Post Date: 10 May 2021

    Minister for Education Norma Foley and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris have launched a public consultation on a joint National Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to 2030.

    Have your say and find out how you can contribute to this exciting process by clicking on the following link

  • 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: 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: 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: 18 November 2020

    Information regarding Junior Cycle CPD supports for schools and teachers 2020/2021, including details of subject CPD online cluster days can accessed with the following links.

    JCT CPD Supports 2020/2021

    Online Subject Cluster Day Information Leaflet

  • Post Date: 04 November 2020

    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

    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: 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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