New Junior Cycle Framework  CHANGING THE WAY WE DO JUNIOR CYCLE               EDUCATION    PORTMARNOCK COMMUNITY SCHOOL   ...
Why change?   Changing the Junior Cycle student experience...from a   dress rehearsal for the Leaving Certificate to a lea...
From late August 2014 we will teach subjects and / or          short courses for the Junior CycleDonal O Mahony
Central to the subjects and short-courses          24 Statements of Learning and 6 Key Skills       Continued emphasis on ...
Assessment Students present evidence of learning in: Eight subjectsOR Seven subjects and two short coursesOR Six subje...
Taught over Two Years ...the evidence of learning from First-year will not   feature in the assessment for qualification ...
Higher level?The only subjects with Ordinary and Higher levels willbe Irish, English and MathsNo written exam will be long...
National Framework of Qualifications Award aligned with NFQ Level 2 for students with   particular educational needs (cen...
The Subject Teacher – assessment – current                      thinking 60% of marks for coursework taught over Second a...
Starting? Now...Some schools may have reduced the number   of JC subjects this school year and started to develop   short...
Subjects English has been announced as the first subject to be   revised. Existing junior cycle subjects will be reviewe...
SubjectsThe subject specifications will be shorter partly in response to concerns that existing   syllabuses are in some ...
Subjects Most new subject specifications will be designed for   approximately 200 hours of learner engagement. Specifica...
Short-coursesShort courses (100 hours approximately) will be less familiarBoth an NCCA template for particular short-cours...
Examples of short-courses   History – local oral history project   Chinese language and culture   Geography - Developme...
The Teacher Generating and gathering evidence of learning Judging and reporting evidence of learning New report-card te...
What now? You all received an invitation to join JC2.0, the JC   Network Look in on what is happening particularly under...
What now? Management issues:        subjects        timetabling        teachers, parents, students and the Board of Ma...
What now? Subjects piloting aspects of short-courses Short-course training by the NCCA – teachers in-   service on 5th a...
 Smith. E. 2006. Junior Cycle Education: Insights   from a longitudinal study of students. NCCA:Dublin. Frequently Asked...
This work is licensed under the Creative Commons   Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Ireland License. To view                 a c...
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  1. 1. New Junior Cycle Framework CHANGING THE WAY WE DO JUNIOR CYCLE EDUCATION PORTMARNOCK COMMUNITY SCHOOL AUGUST 2012
  2. 2. Why change? Changing the Junior Cycle student experience...from a dress rehearsal for the Leaving Certificate to a learning experience in its own right...Evidence base from the NCCA‟s own consultation process ESRI PISAAll the educational partners are on-board to date...Donal O Mahony
  3. 3. From late August 2014 we will teach subjects and / or short courses for the Junior CycleDonal O Mahony
  4. 4. Central to the subjects and short-courses 24 Statements of Learning and 6 Key Skills Continued emphasis on literacy and numeracy Look at the handout...That is the key message – 24 statements form the new core of learning...Donal O Mahony
  5. 5. Assessment Students present evidence of learning in: Eight subjectsOR Seven subjects and two short coursesOR Six subjects and four short courses Evidence of learning must be presented in the subjects English, Irish and Maths. Any other subject can be one of the six, seven, or eight...Donal O Mahony
  6. 6. Taught over Two Years ...the evidence of learning from First-year will not feature in the assessment for qualification (Read the ESRI research) ...whatever flexibility you want within First-year, as a transition from Primary to SecondaryDonal O Mahony
  7. 7. Higher level?The only subjects with Ordinary and Higher levels willbe Irish, English and MathsNo written exam will be longer than two hoursThere will be five grading points (for subjects andshort courses)Donal O Mahony
  8. 8. National Framework of Qualifications Award aligned with NFQ Level 2 for students with particular educational needs (centred around Priority Learning Units) Award aligned with NFQ Level 3 will replace the existing Junior Certificate The NFQ Level 3 is “...smaller than the Junior Certificate...” ...allows focus on “...learning, skills, innovation and creativity...”Donal O Mahony
  9. 9. The Subject Teacher – assessment – current thinking 60% of marks for coursework taught over Second and Third Year. 40% of marks for portfolio work (digital or otherwise) gathered over Second and Third Year – assignments, projects, case-studies, performances, practical- activities/tasks... The SEC will set the exam for the 60%, We will assess the 40% with SEC moderationDonal O Mahony
  10. 10. Starting? Now...Some schools may have reduced the number of JC subjects this school year and started to develop short courses At the latest... August 2014- students going into Fifth Class next week Teachers, Parents, Students, the Board have all to be consulted about our start date...Donal O Mahony
  11. 11. Subjects English has been announced as the first subject to be revised. Existing junior cycle subjects will be reviewed and new specifications developed to reflect the new Framework for Junior Cycle. They term „specification‟ will replace what we previously called a „syllabus‟ and will apply to both subjects and short courses.Donal O Mahony
  12. 12. SubjectsThe subject specifications will be shorter partly in response to concerns that existing syllabuses are in some cases just too extensive to contribute to creating the space for the school to develop its junior cycle programme.Donal O Mahony
  13. 13. Subjects Most new subject specifications will be designed for approximately 200 hours of learner engagement. Specifications in the subjects English, Irish and Mathematics will continue to be designed with a minimum allocation of 240 hours in mind. All existing subjects will be revised and their new, shortened specifications will be made available in advance of their introduction in the new junior cycle. Subject content will remain familiar.Donal O Mahony
  14. 14. Short-coursesShort courses (100 hours approximately) will be less familiarBoth an NCCA template for particular short-courses and the opportunity for custom-built school coursesAssessment of short courses is school-based on a portfolioof work - assignments, projects, case-studies, performances, practical-activities/tasks...The school will issue the results to the SEC for inclusion onthe NFQ award...Donal O Mahony
  15. 15. Examples of short-courses History – local oral history project Chinese language and culture Geography - Development education Web design P.E. - Sports Science (hurling / camogie focus) Home Economics – restaurant menu development Art - Animation Music – instrument tuition Engineering – a course in robotics Materials Technology Wood – a wood design project Business – personal finance Irish, English and Maths teachers may want to teach short - coursesDonal O Mahony
  16. 16. The Teacher Generating and gathering evidence of learning Judging and reporting evidence of learning New report-card templates for communication with parentsDonal O Mahony
  17. 17. What now? You all received an invitation to join JC2.0, the JC Network Look in on what is happening particularly under the tab, Resources and FAQ’s Introducing Key Skills Thinking about Short Courses Programme Planning Consulting with your studentsDonal O Mahony
  18. 18. What now? Management issues:  subjects  timetabling  teachers, parents, students and the Board of Management Evaluation of existing Junior Cycle: identification of strengths and challenges, what we want to keep... Discussion amongst ourselves - to be on agenda for Subject meeting 4 – 5 PM Tues. 4th September Looking at what other schools are doing...Donal O Mahony
  19. 19. What now? Subjects piloting aspects of short-courses Short-course training by the NCCA – teachers in- service on 5th and 7th November Thinking through Portfolio development Report back to the NCCA on progressDonal O Mahony
  20. 20.  Smith. E. 2006. Junior Cycle Education: Insights from a longitudinal study of students. NCCA:Dublin. Frequently Asked Questions. JC2.0. Online: http://juniorcyclenetwork.ning.com/page/faq Towards a Framework for Junior Cycle. NCCA: Dublin. 2011.Donal O Mahony
  21. 21. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Ireland License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ie/.Donal O Mahony

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