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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:

  1. Learning to Learn,
  2. Choice and Flexibility,
  3. Quality,
  4. Creativity and Innovation,
  5. Engagement and Participation,
  6. Continuity and Development,
  7. Inclusive Education
  8. Wellbeing.

Eight key skills permeate across the entire curriculum:














Through engaging with the key skills students will:

  • be more actively engaged with learning
  • take greater ownership of their learning
  •  have a critical engagement with digital technology
  •  be encouraged to problem solve and think creatively
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