Students will study English, Irish and Mathematics, along with a number of other subjects in their junior cycle programme. The range of subjects to be offered in the junior cycle programme in individual schools will vary in accordance with the teaching resources in the school and the needs and interests of the students. Schools will have the flexibility and discretion to decide what combination of subjects, short courses or other learning experiences will be provided in their three-year junior cycle programme.
In Junior Cycle, schools have greater flexibility to design programmes that are suited to the needs of their junior cycle students and to the particular context of the school. Each school’s programme:
will be guided by the twenty-four statements of learning, eight principles and eight key skills that are at the core of the new Junior Cycle
will encompass learning in subjects or a combination of subjects and short courses
will include an area of learning entitled Wellbeing
will provide a range of other learning experiences may include priority learning units (PLUs) that will help to provide a junior cycle programme that is appropriate to the needs of particular students with significant special educational needs.