Short Introduction to the New Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement:
Our students have begun a new learning journey that will change the way they learn at the junior cycle stage of their schooling and into the future.
For the junior cycle student, the New Junior Cycle (Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement) will mean that the curriculum available in their schools can or will be a mix of subjects and short courses and other learning experiences.
For a small group of students with special educational needs, priority learning units (PLUs) will be provided.
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JCPA – Key Skills:
Key skills help learners develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to face the many challenges in today’s world. They also support students in learning how to learn and to take responsibility for their own learning.
JCPA – Key Skills Teaching Toolkits:
• Managing Information and Thinking
• Managing Myself
• Working with others
• Being creative
• Staying safe
JCPA – Assessment
The new framework will see your children be assessed in a much wider variety of ways and not just with a major exam at the end of three years. This is an exciting opportunity for them to showcase all their learning and be shown how to improve on their learning at regular intervals.
Assessment in education is about gathering, interpreting and using information about the processes and outcomes of learning. It takes different forms and can be used in a variety of ways, such as to test and certify achievement, to determine the appropriate route for students to take through a differentiated curriculum or to identify specific areas of difficulty (or strength) for a given student. Assessment in the new junior cycle will be linked, on an everyday basis, into the learning taking place.