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TRANSITION YEAR 

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The Transition Year Programme is a unique one year programme that promotes the personal, social, vocational and educational development of students and prepares them for their role as autonomous, participative and responsible members of society (Transition Year Guidelines, 1994, Department of Education). TY provides a bridge to enable students to make the transition from the more dependent type of learning associated with Junior Cycle to the more independent learning environment associated with Senior Cycle. It encourages the development of a wide range of transferable critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.

 Transition Year is designed to cater for the students’ personal and social development with particular emphasis on increasing maturity and self-confidence. It offers an opportunity, between Junior and Senior Cycle studies, to develop a more self-directed approach to work and study; some orientation towards the world of work; and experience of personal commitment to those considered more vulnerable in society; and to help students take responsibility for their own learning and decision-making.

Our desire is that students at the end of Transition Year would have grown in greater maturity and confidence, as well as a greater appreciation of themselves, others and the world in which they live.


Is Transition Year available to all students in the Abbey Vocational School?

Please see our TY Enrolment policy in this regard :

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What subjects are studied in Transition Year?

As part of the Transition Year programme in the Abbey Vocational School students study the following modules thought it the year:
Irish, English, Theatre and Stage  Studies, Maths, Woodwork, Business & Enterprise, Computer Studies, Geography, Arts & Craft, Physical Education, Video Production, Modern Languages, World of Science, Hotel, and Catering, Personal Development, Career Guidance, Environmental & Soc. Studies, Music, History, Active Leisure studies, Jewellery Design, Cultural studies, and Architecture.

As well as formal academic studies, TY involves work experience, personal skill development, community outreach, foreign educational trips, outdoor education trips, cultural experiences, visits by guest speakers, a variety of workshops and the opportunity to achieve national recognised certification eg, sports coaching and leadership programme.Work experience is also a very important part of TY 
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Core Subjects: are usually those subjects that all students take for the full year.

Subject Sampling: may involve giving students a taster module of the Leaving Certificate subjects available in the school to help them make informed choices when making their subject choices later. Subject sampling may also expose students to new subjects that they have not experienced before. Includes subjects and modules devised both within the school and by external agencies supporting the programme in schools.   

Transition Year Specific Layer: TY Calendar Layer includes "once off" activities such as work experience, trips, musical production, etc.

Core subject layer may include Subject sampling layer may include TY specific layer may include Calendar layer may include

PE

ICT

Mathematics

Gaeilge

English

RE

Other

Environmental Studies

Science

Spanish

Drama

History

Business Studies

ICT

Other

Mental Health Matters

Mini Company

Photography

Tourism awareness programme

Psychology

Log on Learn

Young Social Innovators

Other

Work experience

Outdoor pursuits

Social outreach

Field trips

Visitng speakers

Drama/Musical production

Other

 
 
 
           
How is Assessment carried out?

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Assessment is a key part of any worthwhile learning programme and emphasis is placed on varied and ongoing assessment.

Transition Year is an opportunity to move beyond the narrow focus of end-of-year, written exams.The Transition Year programme is therefore assessed in a manner of ways which complement the variety of approaches used and may include the following :

  • Summative assessment
  • Written, practical, oral and aural assessment
  • Report of Work experience
  • Projects, EPortfolios and exhibitions of Work
  • Pupil diary /Log Book recording personal progress
  • Records of skills and competencies attained.

Transition Year Co-ordinator and Core team:
Mr. E Griffin, Mr. P O’Donnell, Ms. P Rooney, Mrs. O Regan, Mrs. E O’Mahoney and Mrs. M Gallagher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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