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Junior Cycle

What will be different for schools?

What will be different for schools?

For the first time schools have really significant levels of flexibility to shape what is included in their students’ junior cycle programme. With that flexibility comes the responsibility to ensure that those programmes meet the requirements of the 24 statements of learning and give students opportunities to develop the key skills at the heart of the Framework for  Junior Cycle.

For schools, the main differences in the new junior cycle are
  • The junior cycle is now be based on a Framework rather than a set of specific rules – there is greater flexibility and autonomy for schools in planning and developing junior cycle, greater scope for schools to be innovative in this context.
  • There is improved clarity, through the Statements of Learning and new outcomes-based curriculum specifications, around learning in junior cycle.
  • There is a genuine opportunity to focus on the junior cycle programme as well as the exam.
  • The school curriculum can become more varied and locally relevant. Through short course development, schools can become involved in local curriculum development that complements national curriculum specifications.
  • Schools will be more directly involved in the area of assessment, bringing assessment closer to learning and building its role in the professional life of the school.
  • Improved feedback, reporting and modern qualifications will be a feature of the new junior cycle.

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