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Jc presentation aug2012

  1. 1. Junior Cycle Developments 0
  2. 2. Why change?• ESRI research - evidence base for junior cycle review • 1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year • nature of engagement• Request for advice from Minister and DES• Innovation and Identity- Ideas for a New Junior Cycle (2010) discussion paper 1
  3. 3. And of course, PISA…• A need to focus on literacy and numeracy• A need for connections and progression• Student resilience and persistence 2
  4. 4. http://ncca.ie/framework/ 3
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  6. 6. What’s the difference?• A Framework – not rules!• Greater flexibility and autonomy for schools• Clarity on junior cycle learning – a different kind of core• Focus on the programme as well as the exam• Access to a more varied curriculum/curriculum development• Teachers in closer relationship with assessment• Improved feedback, reporting and modern qualifications 5
  7. 7. What’s the difference? A Framework – not rules! Greater flexibility and autonomy for schools! 6
  8. 8. What’s the difference? Clarity on junior cycle learning – a different kind of CORE! 7
  9. 9. Learning•What a student will learn described in statements of learning•The skills of literacy and numeracy and other key skillsembedded in learning and the curriculum 8
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  12. 12. Key Skills Managing information and Working with thinking others Managing Being creative myself Staying well Communicating 11
  13. 13. Key Skills – Elements of Working with others• Developing good relationships and resolving conflict• Co-operating• Respecting difference• Contributing to making the world a better place• Learning with others• Working with others through ICT and digital media
  14. 14. Key Skills – Learning Outcomes for Working with others:Respecting differenceI can• Appreciate difference and diversity• Talk with people from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs• Respect people from different cultures, backgrounds and beliefs• Be open-minded about different ideas, values and ways of life
  15. 15. What’s the difference?Access to a more varied curriculum and to curriculum development! 14
  16. 16. Curriculum• Subjects continue as the main curriculum components• Schools can offer short courses• Subjects will be shorter
  17. 17. Art Craft Design Priority Learning Units Level 2Business Studies QualificationClassicsEnglish Civic, Social and Political Education Communicating andFrench Literacy Digital Media Potential Short CoursesGeography Numeracy Social, Personal andGerman Health Education Looking after myself SubjectsHistory Chinese Living in a communityHome Economics Physical Education Preparing for workIrish Artistic PerformanceItalian Programming/Coding Key skillsJewish Studies Managing myselfMaterials Technology (Wood) Staying wellMathematics Communicating SkillsMetalwork Being creativeMusic Working with othersReligious Education Managing informationScience and thinking.Spanish 16Technical Graphics LiteracyTechnology Numeracy
  18. 18. ELEMENTS OF COURSE SPECIFICATION 1. Introduction to junior cycleVISION 2. Aim 3. Rationale 4. Links (between the course and;) a. Statements of learningEXPECTATIONS OF LEARNERS b. Key Skills c. Literacy and Numeracy 5. Course overview • Strands • Learning Outcomes 6. Expectations for learners 7. Assessment and certification/qualifications 8. Learning and teachingSUPPORTS 17
  19. 19. What’s the difference?Focus on the programme as well as the exam! 18
  20. 20. A new junior cycle. QUALIFICATIONS 19
  21. 21. What’s the difference? Assessment closer to learning.Changed assessment relationships. 20
  22. 22. Assessment in junior cycle• Assessment plays a major part in everyday learning over the three years of junior cycle• Students more responsible for gathering and presenting evidence of their learning• Teachers give feedback and report on that evidence 21
  23. 23. Assessment for certification/qualifications• Combination of examination and school work• School involved in assessment• Supports – CPD, specification, exemplification, administr ative, information• Manageable and administration-light process 22
  24. 24. What’s the difference?Improved feedback, reporting and modern qualifications! 23
  25. 25. Qualifications• Qualifications that fit the learning, not just the exam• Smaller qualifications, giving schools more space and time to spend on their junior cycle programme, on literacy, numeracy and key skills• Two qualifications 24
  26. 26. Features of Level 2 Learning Programmes• Defined target group, range of settings• Based around Priority Learning Units (250hrs) • Communicating and literacy • Numeracy • Personal care • Living in a community • Preparing for work• PLUs set out in elements and learning outcomes – a learning menu• School-based assessment 25
  27. 27. Level 2 Qualification For introduction with junior cycle change from 2014 26
  28. 28. Frequently Asked Questions Categories• Framework for Junior Cycle and junior cycle developments• Planning for junior cycle development• Curriculum choices and the junior cycle programme• Issues that may arise 27
  29. 29. Junior Cycle developments• More detail on the Framework later in 2012• Ongoing discussions with DES and SEC on detail• Template and guidelines for short courses• Work on JC English specification• Report card templates• Programme planning• Ongoing posting of FAQs 28