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Introduction to Junior Cycle

Junior Cycle: A broad education for your child.

The new junior cycle will place the student at the centre of the learning process. It allows for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be properly assessed.

Principles, Key Skills and Statements of Learning

Underpinning the new junior cycle are a set of principles, key skills and statements of learning. These will ensure that your child receives a rich educational experience that has both breadth and depth. Your child will have access to a varied curriculum of knowledge, skills and values.


Eight principles for Junior Cycle:

These eight principles underpin and inform the planning for, as well as the development and implementation of, junior cycle programmes in all schools. The eight principles of Junior Cycle are:

  • Learning to Learn
  • Choice and Flexibility
  • Quality
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Engagement and Participation
  • Continuity and Development
  • Inclusive Education
  • Wellbeing

 

Watch this informative video from the NCCA about the new reporting practices

 

Eight key skills permeate across the entire curriculum:

Through engaging with the key skills students will:

1.Be more actively engaged with learning

2.Take greater ownership of their learning

3.Have a critical engagement with digital technology

4.Be encouraged to problem solve and think creatively

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