Junior Cycle Reform

Junior Cycle Reform

On 4th October 2012 the Minister for Education and Skills announced A Framework for Junior Cycle. This set out radical changes to the Junior Cycle to be implemented on a phased basis from 2014, commencing with English and the introduction of short courses.

The proposals departed significantly, with particular reference to assessment for certification, from the proposals set out by the NCCA in 2011 which the TUI had endorsed pending further discussion on resources and implementation arrangements. The current proposals for change represent a radical shift in student experience and opportunities.

Many teachers support aspects of the proposals but many others challenge the merit behind them. Many question and are articulating serious concerns about capacity to implement change of the magnitude proposed at system and school level, especially in this time of austerity. The proposals pose many possibilities and risks for TUI members and will almost certainly bring about significant changes to work practices for teachers and principal teachers.

Click here for the TUI quick guide setting out the key features and elements of a new Junior Cycle as envisaged from 2014 and identifying and main differences between the Minister’s decision and the earlier NCCA Proposals.

Click here for TUI comments on the proposed new Junior Cycle.

Where to now?
TUI urges members to organise workplace meetings and participate in branch meetings to consider the proposals and their implications and provide feedback to TUI head office through its consultative process which commences with a national conference on 1st December 2012 and will remain open over the coming months.

Consultation process on English curriculum

The NCCA has commenced work on the development of a new English curriculum. TUI has two representatives on the English subject development group. They will advise on possible and appropriate changes, without prejudice to any policy position TUI may take about the implementation of change in the junior cycle. For more information click here


Earlier documentation

JC Developments - update March 2013

Presentation for Branches

A New Junior Cycle – A Quick Guide (TUI, November 2011)

Development of a new junior cycle - Background Note (TUI, November 2011)

Towards A Framework for Junior Cycle

Letter to Department of Education and Skills from NCCA

Innovation and Identity - Ideas for a new Junior Cycle - Initial response by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (December 2010)

Click here to download the document circulated to TUI workplaces in November 2010

Click here for additional information prepared to assist TUI members and branches in engaging with the ideas set out by the NCCA for possible changes to the Junior Cycle and the Junior Certificate Examination.

Click here to download the document Innovation and Identity Ideas for a New Junior Cycle

Click here to download an article from the December 2009 TUI News on Junior Cycle issues

Click here to download an article from the May 2010 TUI News on Junior Cycle issues

Click here to access the NCCA's resource page on the initiative, which includes multimedia and video content

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