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Junior Cycle

What will be different for students?

What will be different for students?

The focus on learning and on the role of the learner is much increased, as is the attention paid to their progress in learning, instead of 'how much of the book they have covered'. The Key Skills have been designed to help the students to become better learners, and better citizens:
  • Managing information and thinking
  • Working with others
  • Being creative
  • Being numerate 
  • Being literate 
  • Managing myself
  • Staying Well
  • Communicating
  • Being Creative
They will feature in the learning and students will be much clearer about what they are learning in junior cycle and how they are making progress. Assessment will no longer be constrained by the examination hall in the June of third year. Instead, students will have opportunities to shape that final result from the start of second year. They will get better feedback on their learning and face more challenging expectations of what they do in response.

They will have the opportunity, through short courses, to study in areas that are more directly related to their own interests, the capacities and strengths of their schools, and reflective of a wider range of school and community activity. Less pressured, more relevant learning like this is certain to lead to better learning and higher levels of achievement.

And of course in the new junior cycle, learning outcomes related to all curriculum components will promote the integrated development of literacy and numeracy skills so that students can progress with confidence to senior cycle education.