Published on March 10, 2014
Neartú 19/20 Nov.’12
The future........ Act provisionally-only God knows for sure!
Move teachers to a different zone To narrow the Junior Cycle curriculum Opportunity to blend with Primary Opportunity to refocus and make the profession more professional-‘exam skill’
Staff profile Phasing up to 2016 Leaving Cert. connection Assessment -60:40 Raising the bar and narrowing the gapconsistency! Timetable issues Taster problemsclass size Level of engagement after 6 wks E-portfolioscomputer access Texts
Group Characteristics Ready-to-go •Eager to try new things group •Enjoy working with colleagues •Confident •About 10%-20% of staff Wait-andsee group •Eager to improve but cautious about change •Looking for quick signs of success •About 60%-80% of staff Put-on-thebrakes group •Want nothing to do with initiative •Satisfied with their work as it is •History of resisting initiatives •About 10%-20% of staff Challenges for Tips for working with working with this group this group
Mismatch Irish, English, and Maths between P. and P.P. Familiarity with P. curriculum Only half of P.P. teachers Taster subjects No negative impact on student progress Streaming Higher streams - longer to settle Lower streams less progress in reading and writing
SIXTH CLASS JUNIOR CYCLE Number Number (strand 3) Measures Geometry and Trigonometry (strand Shape and Space 2) Data Statistics and Probability (strand 1) Algebra Algebra /Functions (strands 4 and 5 )
Teaching methodologies –generally traditional Test scores - in Reading and Mathematics do not improve for majority in 1st yr of PP. Is there sufficient challenge? Student attitude to school- less positive Learning support – helped but would like help with homework.
Gaelcholáiste DEIS Vocational School All Girls Voluntary Secondary School
Critical year for student engagementtemplate for Leaving Certificate performance? How do you maintain student engagement in second year?
3 2.5 2 1.5 1 0.5 0 1st year (September) 1st year (May) 2nd year Positive JC year Negative 5th year LC year
They study subjects they like! There are lots of practical activities. Where there is group work. When teachers care.
Negative interaction with teachers and misbehaviour Academic self-image: capacity to cope with school-work (from 2nd year) Educational aspirations Time spent on homework/study Outside school (social life, part-time work)
8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 Mixed ability Higher stream Middle stream Lower stream
JC LC 2011 LC 2012 % % % Higher 46 16 22* Ordinary 46 72 67 Foundation 8 12 11 JC LC % % Higher 72 64 65 Ordinary 26 36 35 Foundation 3 Maths English * Bonus Points Awarded © PDST, 2010 The PDST isis funded by the Department of Education and Skills The PDST funded by the Department of Education and Skills under the National Development Plan, 2007-2013 under the National Development Plan, 2007-2013 17
The focus is on... •Students making a greater connection with learning •Improving the quality of learning that takes place •Ensuring literacy, numeracy and key skills are embedded in the learning 18
Learning •What a student will learn described in statements of essential learning across a number of areas of learning? •The skills of literacy and numeracy and other key skills embedded in areas of learning and the curriculum? 19
A new Framework for Junior Cycle? Assessment • Assessment playing a major part in everyday learning over the three years of junior cycle? • Students being more responsible for gathering and presenting evidence of their learning? • Teachers judging, giving feedback, and reporting on that evidence?
A new Framework for Junior Cycle? Qualifications • Two new qualifications? • Smaller qualifications with caps on the number of curriculum components, giving schools more space and time to spend on their junior cycle programme, on literacy, numeracy and key skills?
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