New Junior Cycle
New Junior Cycle Coordinator: Ms Nicky King
In 2014, the new Junior Cycle was introduced into Irish schools. Over the coming years your child will experience newly developed subjects and short courses and will find that their learning has a significant focus on key skills and wellbeing. Your child will be on an exciting three-year learning journey which will also include new approaches to assessment and reporting.
Eight principles underpin the Framework for Junior Cycle (2015). These principles form the basis of the development and implementation of Junior Cycle Programme in St Andrew's College.
The 24 Statements of Learning
The learning at the core of the new junior cycle is described in twenty-four Statements of Learning. In St Andrew’s College, teachers are engaged in subject-planning as part of their commitment to ensure that all statements of learning, along with literacy and numeracy and other key skills, feature in the programmes for all Junior Cycle students.
There are six Key Skills required for successful learning by students:-
- Managing Myself
- Staying Well
- Being Creative
- Working with others
- Managing Information and Thinking
First Year 2016/17
First Year 2017/18
First Year 2018/19
For information about each of the above subjects please click here.
The New Junior Cycle Grading System
As students commence study of subjects in the NJC, their reports shall reflect the new grading system.
Distinction 90 - 100
Higher Merit 75 - 89
Merit 55 - 74
Achieved 40 - 54
Partially Achieved 20 – 39
Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)
The JCPA will be issued by the College and will include information on:-
- Classroom based Assessments: subjects & short courses
- Grades received in subjects (includes Assessment Task & Final exam)
- Other Areas of learning – Extra curricular / Co-Curricular activities
- School will produce Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement for each student
This is an example of the JCPA.