For a period of five years from when it is first introduced in 2014, the new Junior Cycle will operate in schools alongside the programmes based around the existing Junior Certificate.
Almost all junior cycle students take courses leading to the Junior Certificate, the State examination taken at the end of the third year of junior cycle.
The core curriculum which is taken by each pupil for the first three years currently consists of English, Irish, Maths, History, Geography, CSPE, Religion, SPHE and PE.
Students choose option subjects from a range which may include :- Art, Home Economics, Business Studies, Science, Metalwork, Woodwork and a language either French or German.
Junior Cycle is changing
Beginning on a phased basis in September 2014, the new junior cycle will feature revised subjects and short courses, a focus on literacy, numeracy and key skills, and new approaches of assessment and reporting. Schools will have more freedom to design junior cycle programmes that meet the learning needs of all students. For students, the new junior cycle will mean that the curriculum available in their schools will be a mix of subjects and short courses as well as other learning experiences.
For a small group of students with special educational needs, priority learning units (PLUs) will be provided. These components will enable the statements of learning, literacy and numeracy and other key skills to be become a reality for the students throughout their three-year junior cycle.
The Junior Cycle Programme
The Junior Cycle Schools Programme supports and supplements the Junior Cycle Programme by offering students the option of continuous assessment.
The Junior Certificate School Programme is based on the concept that all young people are capable of real success in school and that they can have a positive experience of school if the conditions are favourable. The Junior Certificate School Programme aims to provide a curriculum framework that assists schools and teachers in making the Junior Certificate more accessible to those young people who may leave school without formal qualifications. It attempts to help young people experience success and develop a positive self-image by providing a curriculum and assessment framework suitable to their needs. On completion of the programme students receive a profile which is an official record of their achievements, validated by the Department of Education and Science.
Please visit www.jcsp.ie for more information about the JCSP
Mount Seskin Community College has a School Library setup to allow students use it both during Class but also in use at lunch time and after school.
The library is staffed by a full-time Librarian, Doreen Lundon.