New Junior Cycle

Learning for life

The reformed Framework for Junior Cycle is being implemented in Creagh College. This programme is being rolled out nationally on a phased basis. This programme ‘allows students make a greater connection with learning by focusing on the quality of learning that takes place and by offering experiences that are engaging and enjoyable for them, and relevant to their lives. These experiences are of a high quality, contribute directly to the physical, mental and social wellbeing of learners, and where possible, provide opportunities for them to develop their abilities and talents in the areas of creativity, innovation and enterprise. The learner’s junior cycle programme builds on their learning to date and actively supports their progress in learning and in addition, supports them in developing the learning skills that will assist them in meeting the challenges of life beyond school.’

Information Leaflet from Department of Education can be viewed here.  

There are 8 key skills and 24 statements of learning set out in the Framework for Junior Cycle. Creagh College offers a programme which affords each student the opportunity to experience and engage with these key skills and statements of learning:

The 8 key skills

The 24 statements of learning

3rd Year 2019/20

In 2019/2020 all 3rd year students are following the new Junior Cycle specifications in English, Irish, Science, French/Spanish, Business and Visual Art and the old Junior Certificate syllabuses in all other subjects. As part of this programme they will complete Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) during the year. These CBAs will take place during class time and will be assessed by the relevant departments in Creagh College. Students will complete their second CBA this year as well as an Assessment Task (AT). The AT will be assessed by the State Exams Commission. They will sit final examinations in June 2020. Students will continue to study Wellbeing throughout their Junior Cycle years. This subject encompasses Physical Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Guidance and Civil, Social and Political Education.

Click here for 3rd Year CBA Timetable 

2nd Year 2019/20

In 2019/20 2nd year students are following the new Junior Cycle specifications in:

Core subjects: English, Irish, Maths, Science, French

Optional Subjects: Business, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music and Visual Art.

They will follow the old Junior Certificate syllabuses in all other subjects.

As part of this programme they will complete two Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) and an Assessment Task (AT) in English, Irish, Maths, Science, French, Business, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music and Visual Art, over the course of their three year Junior Cycle.

These CBAs will take place during class time and will be assessed by the relevant departments in Creagh College. The first CBA will be completed during 2nd year. Students will complete a second CBA in 3rd year as well as an Assessment Task (AT). The AT will be assessed by the State Exams Commission. They will sit final examinations in June 2021. Students will continue to study Wellbeing throughout their Junior Cycle years. This subject encompasses Physical Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Guidance and Civil, Social and Political Education.

Click here for 2nd Year CBA Timetable

1st Year 2020/21

All 1st year students will follow the new Junior Cycle specifications in all of their subjects.

As part of the new Junior Cycle they will complete two Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) and an Assessment Task (AT) throughout their three years at junior cycle. The CBAs vary and they are a piece of work specific to each subject. The CBAs will take place during class time in 2nd and 3rd year and will be assessed by the relevant departments in Creagh College. The ATs will take place in third year and will be sent to the State Exams Commission for correction. They will also sit a final examination in June 2022. 1st Year students will study a new area of learning called Wellbeing over their 3 years at junior cycle. This subject encompasses Physical Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Guidance and Civil, Social and Political Education.

1st year students will also study one Short Course over their three year Junior Cycle. These short courses will be assessed through a CBA and will be recorded on their Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement the same as their Subject CBAs.

 

Reporting to student and parents/guardians

Creagh College aims to provide students and parents/guardians with a comprehensive picture of student’s learning through annual reports in 1st and 2nd year and the composite Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) in the Autumn after 3rd year, as well as annual parent-teacher meetings and teacher-student feedback sessions. Students will receive feedback from their class teacher after their CBAs. The CBAs will be assessed using the following descriptor:

Classroom Based Assessment Descriptors
Exceptional
Above Expectations
In line with Expectations
Yet to meet Expectations

 

The Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) is awarded to students after their completion of the Junior Cycle. It is a report issued from the State Exams Commission that captures the different assessment elements that students have undertaken over their three years. It will include the descriptors of Classroom Based Assessments, the grade achieved in their final State Exam (including the Assessment Task) and other areas of learning reached throughout their Junior Cycle.