NEW JUNIOR CYCLE: SUMMARY
- What is the New Junior Cycle known as?
What subjects have changed so far?
September 2015: English
September 2016: Business and Science
September 2017: Irish/Modern Languages/Visual Art
September 2018: Maths/Home Economics/Music/History/Geography
September 2019: remaining subjects
- What is Wellbeing?
New subject comprising of CSPE (similar to Civics)/SPHE (Social, Personal and Health education) and PE plus others –initially 300 hours over 3 years moving to 400 .
- Where can I see the subject specifications/curricula?
Subject specifications are online at http://www.curriculumonline.ie
- Where else can I get information on the new Junior Cycle?
- What are the 8 key skills and 24 statements of learning feature spoke about in the new JCT?
Across all subjects and across the school students should be given the opportunity to master 8 key skills and meet 24 statements of learning - click on the icons on the right for more information
- How many subjects do students currently study?
Between 8 and 10 as well as CSPE, SPHE and PE
- How many subjects will students study from September 2019 in Davis College?
8 subjects and 4 short courses in addition to Wellbeing (PE/SPHE/CSPE).
- What short courses are students studying in Davis College?
CSPE, SPHE, Digital Media and Communications and PE
- What is a short course?
It is a course students follow. It does not have an exam but there is a Classroom based assessment involved. Completion of the short course is recorded on the new Junior Certificate known as the JCPA or 'Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement'
- What are other areas of learning?
Activities that students are involved in that fit in with the 8 key skills and 24 statements. E.g. taking part in Model United Nations, helping organising a charity fundraising event in school etc.
- What is the minimum length of class period in Junior Cycle?
- What is a CBA?
This is a Classroom Based Assessment. It allows students demonstrate skills ad concepts and their ability to apply them in ways that may not be possible in standard exams e.g. students may research a topic and make a presentation to the class.
- How many CBA take place per subject?
Two, generallyone in 2nd Year and one in 3rd Year
- Will all subjects have two CBAs?
No, some subjects where the creation of an item for correction is part of the exam e.g. Woodwork/Metalwork/Art, the second CBA will be linked to this project work.
- When do CBAs happen?
In class time and within a time frame set down nationally
- How are CBAs graded?
- Above Expectation
- In line with expectations
- Yet to meet expectations
- Who assesses the CBAs?
The teacher in question
- What is a SLAR Meeting?
Meeting of subject teachers to discuss the work of students and agree a standard. It takes place after the Classroom Based Assessment (CBA)
- What subjects might not have a SLAR?
Practical subjects that have produced a project for correction by the State exams commission
- What is an Assessment Task?
This is a classroom based exam worth 10% and is completed usually at the end of CBA 2 and is sent away with the final exam for correction
- How will the final examination in June differ between Junior Cycle and Junior Certificate?
No exam will be over 2 hours in duration
Only Irish/English/Maths will have Higher and Ordinary
- What are the grade descriptors for SEC examinations?
- Higher Merit
- Achieved Partially
- Achieved Not graded
- How many days may a school close in 2019/20 for JC activities?