31 August, 2015 - Minister O'Sullivan announces the publication of Framework for Junior Cycle 2015.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan TD, today announced the publication of Framework for Junior Cycle 2015.

The document sets out a clear vision and detailed outline of how teaching, learning and assessment in the Junior Cycle will be reformed to ensure a learning experience for young people that is highly engaging for them and appropriate to the needs of the 21st century.

Minister O’Sullivan said “The Framework for Junior Cycle 2015 builds on the initial framework document published in 2012 and has been informed by very valuable engagement with all of the educational partners.

“I have ensured that the comprehensive provisions relating to implementation which were agreed with the teacher unions last May and July are fully incorporated in the updated framework.

“Our students will be at the centre of the learning process and will engage with a modernised curriculum across all subjects. They will experience new ways of learning and a broader range of skills, while innovative classroom-based assessment will support that learning.

“Teachers will have the necessary professional time and resources to implement the new Junior Cycle successfully.

"I welcome the decision of the Executive Committee of TUI and the Standing Committee of ASTI to ballot their members on the new Junior Cycle proposals.

“Through the new Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement parents and students will receive a much more rounded, balanced and enriched picture of the students’ progress and achievements across all  areas of learning in the Junior Cycle.

“In addition, I have made a commitment to the school management bodies and to representatives of school leaders that, as implementation rolls out, and by September 2017 in particular, they will have the supports necessary to coordinate the Junior Cycle at whole-school level.

“I wish to thank the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), the State Examinations Commission (SEC) and the Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) support service for their outstanding work in the development of the curriculum, assessment and professional support arrangements for the new Junior Cycle.

The Minister concluded by saying:  “I look forward to progressing the implementation of the Framework for Junior Cycle 2015 in collaboration with teachers and school management- and of course with parents and students.”

The Framework is available here: http://www.education.ie/en/Publications/Policy-Reports/Framework-for-Junior-Cycle-2015.pdf