New Junior Cycle

The framework for a new Junior Cycle was announced in 2012, and the new Junior Cycle began with English for all first year students in September 2014. Other subjects will follow in the next few years.

The Minister for Education and Skills outlined five principles for the new Junior Cycle:

1.   The need to recognise a wide range of learning

2.   A requirement to considerably reduce the focus on one terminal exam as a means of assessing our students

3.   The necessity to give prominence and importance to classroom based assessment

4.   Greater professional collaboration between teachers to be a feature of our schools

5.   Both parents and students to get a broader picture of each student's learning throughout the whole of junior cycle

Dáltaí will receive a Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) which will be a more comprehensive report on all the student's learning and achievements over the three year junior cycle.  There will be classroom based assessments and there will be final examinations. The final examinations (at the end of Third Year) will be marked externally by the State Examinations Commission (as are the current Junior Certificate examinations.)  Subjects will be introduced on the following schedule:

Subject                             Introduced to first years                     First recorded on JCPA

English                              Sept 2014                                         Autumn 2017

Science and

Business Studies                Sept 2016                                         Autumn 2019

Irish, Art and

Modern Language               Sept 2017                                         Autumn 2020

Maths, History

Geography, Music and

Home Economics                Sept 2018                                          Autumn 2021

Technology, Classics,

Religious Education             Sept 2019                                          Autumn 2022

Further information on each subject can be found by clicking on the link below:

Art Fact Sheet

English factsheet

History factsheet

Home-Economics factsheet

Irish factsheet

JCT Parents info leaflet

Key Skills

Modern language factsheet

Physical Education factsheet

Science factsheet

Parents Presentation