Level 2 Learning Programmes, Qualification and Toolkit
In the new Junior Cycle there will be two qualifications.
One, a replacement for the current Junior Certificate, will be aligned to Level 3 of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
The other, designed for students with particular special educational needs who currently can’t access the Junior Certificate, will be aligned to Level 2 of the NFQ.
The Level 2 Learning Programmes (L2LPs) and qualification are targeted at a very specific group of students who have general learning disabilities in the higher functioning moderate and low functioning mild categories. The students are small in number (one or two in a typical school) and all have Individual Education Plans (IEPs). The Learning Programmes are built around Priority Learning Units (PLUs) that develop the basic, social and pre-vocational skills of the students involved.
Level 2 LP Guidelines
The L2LPs have been developed with schools already working with this group of students and the NCCA has drawn on this experience to produce a Toolkit on L2LPs for teachers.
The Learning Programmes and qualification are due to be introduced in schools in 2014. The Toolkit is being made available for use on a trial basis now. Your feedback on the Toolkit will be used to improve it, in the run up to its official launch in 2014.
You can access the Toolkit at www.ncca.ie/level2toolkit