The vision encompassed within the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015, was informed by engagement with educational partners and through national and international research. It also builds on effective practices in curriculum and assessment that are implemented by teachers in schools throughout the country. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) research on the experience of students in junior cycle drew attention to the problem of disengagement of students in junior cycle, that many students disconnect from schooling and from learning, and fail to develop the skills they later need to learn, to live and to work.
National consultations also highlighted concerns for the wellbeing of young people as they made the journey from adulthood through a complex and challenging environment. The Framework for Junior Cycle 2015 incorporates a shared understanding of how teaching, learning and assessment practices should evelove to support the delivery of a quality, inclusive and relevant education that will meet the needs of all junior ctycle studdents, both now and in the future.