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New Junior Cycle

Please click on the images & links below to find out information about the new Junior Cycle

Please click the following link to access the presentation on the New Junior Cycle delivered at the Parents Association AGM.

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA)

CBAs: Classroom-Based Assessments
AT: Assessment Task
SLAR: Subject Learning & Assessment Review
OAL: Other Areas of Learning

The new Junior Cycle spreads assessment throughout the three years of Junior Cycle giving students the opportunity to demonstrate their learning away from the exam hall. The Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs) will take place in second year and third year. Each CBA is different, but they focus around project work, presentations and experiments. They are a form of continuous assessment and the results of CBAs will be recognised on each student’s official Junior Cycle certificate; the Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement(JCPA). Subject teachers will explain the Classroom-Based Assessment procedures in more detail in second year, but you will find that teachers will practice the skills needed for the CBAs throughout Junior Cycle.

Assessment Tasks (AT) In third year after completing the CBA2 each student will complete a short classroom assessment called the Assessment Task. This is worth 10% of the final grade in that subject. It is marked by the State Examination Commission and the written element is generally completed within one forty-minute class period and takes place within the normal school timetable.

Classroom-Based Assessments(CBAs) and Assessment Tasks

1. As CBAs are reported on in each student’s Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement(JCPA) it is vital that students and parents note the dates of the CBAs and do their very best to ensure student’s attendance within the nationally set timetable. Please click on the link below to view ‘CBA Dates & Details for 2019/2020’. We will only consider doctor certs for absences during the CBA timeframe. However, parents should be aware that teachers must input results promptly after the CBA final dates and have very little leeway to give any form of extension.
2. Students may have to attend important extra-curricular events during the CBA timeframes; therefore, they should take responsibility themselves to catch up on any work missed due to such absences.
3. Students should note that while they may be allowed to attend important extra-curricular activities during the CBAs, they must attend for their Assessment Tasks.

While it is necessary to establish rules around the CBAs and ATs, it is also important to reflect on how they both support and consolidate each student’s learning. The CBAs will allow each student to work over a period of time supported by the feedback from their teachers and others, ensuring that they can produce their best work. The CBAs are reported on using the following descriptors;

➢ Exceptional
➢ Above Expectations
➢ In-Line with Expectations
➢ Yet to Meet Expectations

It is important that both teachers and parents affirm to each student that it is not only the grade that matters but also what they have actually learned about themselves throughout the CBA experience. In particular they should reflect about how their project work, experiments or presentations have helped them engage with their subjects and how the feedback they have received will enable them to progress further in the future.

4 OAL Student Link please update to the document attached “Guidelines on how to complete OAL'S”


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Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement

This replaces the old Junior Certificate that students received in September.
Click on the image above to see a sample JCPA.

Classroom Based Assessment

Classroom based assessment that takes place in 2nd and 3rd Year.
Click on the image above to see more about CBAs.

Other Areas of Learning

3-5 statements of learning that will appear on the JCPA.
These are linked to the statements of learning & key skills of the Junior Cycle.

Timeline for New JC

CBA Dates & Details 2019/2020
OAL Student Link
Junior Cycle Key Skills blackboard Statements of Learning blackboard SLAR

Key Skills of the Junior Cycle

The new Junior Cycle aims to help learners develop 8 key skills. These key skills are embedded in the teaching and planning of each subject.

Statements of Learning

These Statements of Learning will be linked directly with course content in each subject. Click on the links below for examples.

Subject Learning & Assessment Review

Subject Departments meet to review their student's CBA's. They examine the work based on externally set Features of Quality.

  English | Business | Science | Irish


Key Skills

Statements of Learning

SLAR Meeting Info


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www.jct.ie www.curriculumonline.ie www.ncca.ie Keep up to date on all Junior Cycle Info using Twitter.
Each subject also has its own account.