The Framework for Junior Cycle sets out 24 statements of learning for junior cycle education. They describe what junior cycle students should know, understand, value and be able to do having fully engaged with the junior cycle programme in their school. The statements can be seen as a support that the school uses to plan its junior cycle programme.
Alongside the 24 statements there are descriptions of what learning related to each statement involves. This description is written from the perspective of the student. There are also suggestions provided on the subjects, short courses and other learning experiences that are linked to the particular statement of learning. All of these help the school to be clear about the learning involved.
The statements of learning can also play a role in self-evaluation by students who could be asked to speak about their progress in relation to the descriptions of the statements of learning. The outcomes of this self-evaluation by students could also assist schools in reviewing how well their junior cycle programme is addressing the statements of learning.