ACCS Education Conference
February 5th, 2014
Theme: Implementation of
the Junior Cycle 2014
Changes from 17 January 2014
Name of qualification: (announced 15 Jan 2014)
JCSA: Junior Cycle Student Award
Changes announced by the DES having consulted with
partners in education:
The pace of Curriculum Change
New details on school-based assessment
Changes to CPD to support implementation
Developments around assessment and moderation
Unions announced they would be balloting members re
JC reform proposals
Pace of Curriculum Change
English will still be introduced in Sept 2014
Science to be introduced on its own in Sept 2015
Irish and Business Studies to be introduced in Sept 2016
Following a review in 2016 a decision on how many/what
subjects will be introduced each year but provisionally:
Sept 2017: Art, Craft & Design; Modern Languages
Sept 2018: Home Ec.; Music; Maths; Geography
Sept 2019:History; Technologies; Jewish St;RE; Classics
The JCSA will be fully in place by 2022
Standardised Tests
Standardised testing in English and Maths will
take place for 2nd years in the Spring of 2017
Standardised testing in Science (and Irish in
Irish-medium schools) will take place for 2nd
years in Spring of 2018
Short Courses
‘Short courses can be introduced from
September 2014, but only in schools which
want to introduce them – they will not be
CSPE?? Appears that there will be a JC exam
as usual in 2017 for those who keep the
present course
Summary of changes to curriculum
Already planned:
English for implementation in September 2014
First school-based assessment in English in May 2016
Second school-based assessment in English before
Christmas 2016
Final assessment will be set and marked by SEC as
planned in summer 2017
Adjust sequencing and timing of remaining subjects
Adjust introduction of short courses in schools
Adjust introduction of standardised tests
School-based assessment events
For English, Irish and Maths when introduced:
The School Based Assessment component for
certification (40%) will happen within the min. 240 hrs
Assessment will:
Be limited to two school-based components
Generally happen in summer term of 2nd year and
before Christmas in 3rd year within defined, fixed
Replace existing house exams and/or mocks
For other subjects, school based assessment within
200hrs of engagement
Changes to CPD: English teachers
English teachers: will now have 4.5 days CPD
Year 1: 2013/2014: 1 full day out + 3 periods (max. 2
hrs) in-school teacher-led CPD
Year 2: 2014/2015: 1 full day out + 3 periods in school
Year 3: 2015/2016: 1 full day out + 3 periods in school
Year 4 or 5: 16/17 or 17/18: half-day school visit by
JCT advisor
Changes to CPD: Whole School
One full day (or equivalent) of facilitated whole-school
CPD for each year of the duration of implementation
period is allowable. Schools are permitted to close for
this day.
2013/2014: Schools can take this day but facilitation
this year will be a challenge (subject to capacity and
Three models of provision being debated
Other CPD
Four days CPD for each of the other subjects
Three days for principals over 3 years + range
of electives
A full day of CPD to provide an overview of the
Framework for the school team
Quality assurance & support for
teacher assessment
NCCA advising on time needed for in-school
moderation meetings
For discussion:
Dedicated time for individual teachers to
engage in school-based moderation
Posts/duties relating to moderation &
ICT infrastructure

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